Ms. Saloni Bhutani, PhD Scholar in School of Economics and Dr. Alok Mishra, faculty also from School of Economics, University of Hyderabad have published a book titled, Developing Inclusive Cities in India: A Reform Agenda published by Serials Publications (P) Ltd.

About the Authors

Saloni Bhutani is a Doctoral Scholar at School of Economics, University of Hyderabad and is currently working on the research area: “Cities, Economic Growth and Public Finance: Towards a New Fiscal Architecture in India”. She has done her Bachelors in Economics from Hansraj College, Delhi University and Masters in Economics from the University of Hyderabad. She has also completed M.Phil. in Urban Economics and worked in the prestigious HUDCO Chair Programme at School of Economics, University of Hyderabad from 2016-18. She has presented several research papers related to Urban Slums, Urban Poverty, Inclusionary Zoning and Affordable Housing in National and International Conferences.

Dr. Alok Kumar Mishra is Assistant Professor of Economics, School of Economics, and the Director of the programme of Land, Housing, Transport and Urban Economics, HUDCO Chair Programme, ICCSR Sponsored Research Programme at University of Hyderabad. He has been awarded with Baden-Württemberg Fellowship Award at South Asia Institute (SAI), Heidelberg University, Germany, 2014 and the Chancellor’s Award in 2016 for contributing teaching and research at University of Hyderabad. He has also been awarded with Quality Champion and Innovation Excellency, Investment Research, Evalueserve.Com, Private Limited, India, in 2009. He has published twenty two peer reviewed research papers in both International National journals of repute, authored two books, presented more than thirty research papers in National and International conferences, and delivered more than forty five lectures at national and international level to his credit. He has guided more than ten M.Phil. Scholars and four Ph.D. Scholars so far. Prior to Joining University of Hyderabad, he has served as Research Officer, National Institute of Bank Management, Pune, Manager Quant Finance, Financial Strategic Division, the Shinsei Bank, Tokyo, Manager, Investment Research, Private Limited, and Assistant Vice President, Bank of New York, Mellon. By qualification, he is M.A in Economics, M.Phil. in Monetary Economics and Ph.D. in Financial Economics from University of Hyderabad, India.

About The Book

This book recognizes the need to explore various innovative affordable housing programs launched at the National and State level in India and other countries. The main aim of this book is to draw lessons for designing a robust agenda for affordable housing to the urban poor in the country. Keeping this research objective in view, this book covers the following topics: a brief picture on urbanization and urban housing scenario in India to set the context of this research, highlighting the need of affordable housing to the poor; dimensions of urban housing shortage and the paradox of a large number of houses belonging to high and middle income groups being vacant and not available to meet the demands of urbanization; salient features of the Housing for All Mission in India. The book also discusses: various models of affordable housing proposed and key issues in their implementation; economic theory of inclusionary zoning and inclusionary housing ; attempts by India to promote inclusionary practices for affordable housing and their outcomes; emerging international examples and case studies in inclusionary zoning and inclusionary housing; issues in implementation of such programmes in India and possible approaches to deal with them learning from national and international practices. This book sets an agenda and a road map for ensuring inclusionary zoning and housing in India with special emphasis on the urban poor and suggests a summary of actions to be taken.

This book is meant to assist Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and state government officials in undertaking inclusionary zoning and housing programmes. It is also meant to guide policy-makers at the State and Central levels in designing urban policy, including urban land and housing policies and sector reform agenda. We have focused on drawing lessons from known theories and successful practices that have worked elsewhere. The key objective of this book is to present an action agenda to be pursued by policy-makers and civic administrators. Accordingly best practices and experiences from many sources have been pooled together and their implications for Indian cities have been examined.