Arindam Biswas - Department of Architecture and Planning,Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Arindam Biswas
Arindam Biswas Associate professor +91 13 32284785
Areas of Interest
  • Inclusive growth, urban inequality, Housing and urban analysis, Knowledge economy and regional growth, Resilience and water sensitive urbanisation, Urban and regional governance
Professional Background
2020-08-10OngoingAssociate ProfessorIIT Roorkee
2014-03-316 years 4 months Assistant ProfessorIIT Roorkee
2009-06-011 year 3 months Architect–PlannerJacobs Engineering India Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata, India (CES India)
2006-11-018 months ArchitectUnited Credit Belani Properties Ltd., Kolkata, India
2005-07-011 year 3 months ArchitectInterdesign, Kolkata, India
Multiple Posts
2020-01-01OngoingO.C. Time table Department of Architecture & Planning, IIT Roorkee
2020-08-04OngoingProfessor in charge, UN-Habitat Partner University programIndian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
2016-01-01OngoingMember, Department academic programme committeeDepartment of Architecture & Planning, IIT Roorkee
2017-01-013 years MURP CoordinatorDepartment of Architecture & Planning, IIT Roorkee
2014-01-012 years Member, Department research committeeDepartment of Architecture & Planning, IIT Roorkee
2016-01-012 years Coordinator, M. Tech programmeCTrans, IIT Roorkee
2014-01-01OngoingO.C. ITPI mattersDepartment of Architecture & Planning, IIT Roorkee
2014-01-013 years O.C. Building & maintenanceDepartment of Architecture & Planning, IIT Roorkee
Honors and Awards
Institute Research Fellowship, Outstanding Young Faculty 2020IIT Roorkee2020
ASEM Duo-India FellowshipAsia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Fellowship Program2020
DAAD FellowshipGerman Academic Exchange Service2015
Best Poster AwardDWIH (German House of Research & Innovation)2016
UN-Habitat Partner University programThe United Nations2016
Best Paper AwardIBC2016
MEXT ScholarshipGovernment of Japan2010
Educational Details
PhDUrban Planning University of Tokyo2013
Certificate in International Environmental Leadership Asian Program for Incubation of Environmental Leadership, APIELUniversity of Tokyo2013
Master of City PlanningUrban Planning Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur2009
Bachelor of ArchitectureArchitectureJadavpur University2005
Sponsored Research Projects
TopicFunding AgencyStart DatePeriod
PIVOT - Re-visioning peripheral geographies: Strategies for resilient urban development in the Global SouthRoyal Academy of Engineering, UK2020-111 year
Connecting the urban and peri-urban: A transformative policy framework for inclusive and resilient uGCRF-UKRI, UK2020-01Ongoing
Investigating social resilience for involuntary migrants internally displaced due to natural calamitICSSR2019-01Ongoing
Urban and Regional Inequality Modelling as Story-Telling: Using Simulation Models as NarrativeMHRD2019-01Ongoing
Impact of Land-Use Changes on Water Consumption Pattern in Urban AreasSICI2018-01Ongoing
Investment in Knowledge & Innovation & its’ Impact on Knowledge Cluster & Networking in Indian CityDST2018-01Ongoing
Conservation of Traditional Buildings and Dissemination of Traditional KnowledgeMoEF&CC2018-01Ongoing
Smart Performance Roadmap for Airport Terminal Buildings in IndiaDST2017-01Ongoing
Comprehensive Capacity Building Program for AMRUT and Smart City Mission CitiesMoUD2016-014 years 7 months
Framework to Manage Construction and Governance of Smart City Building in IndiaNBCC2016-01Ongoing
Measuring Inclusiveness of Indian Metropolitan Cities and Establish Inclusive Growth Index for IndiaIIT Roorkee2014-016 years 7 months
  • Institute of Town Planners India , Associate
  • Council of Architecture, India, Member
Teaching Engagements
TitleCourse CodeClass NameSemester
Regional planningARN 676MURPSpring
Infrastructure planningARN 654MURPSpring
Live Project/Studio/Seminar-IIARN 415B Arch Autumn
Planning legislation & governanceARN 661MURPAutumn
Building construction IVARN 303B Arch Autumn
Infrastructure planning & managementCTN 502M TechAutumn
Working drawingARN 407B Arch Autumn
Architectural design IIIARN 202B Arch Spring
Planning studio IIARN 652MURPSpring
PHDs Supervised
TopicScholar NameStatus of PHDRegistration Date
Planning for Sustainable Industrial Infrastructure in India focusing on Industrial EcologyMr. Kumar AbhishekA2015-07
A Framework to Manage Construction and Governance of Smart City Development in IndiaMr. Kranti Kumar MauryaA2016-07
Formulation a Framework for Governance in Public TransportMr. Mohit DevA2015-07
Impact of Knowledge Based industries in India - A case of Bangalore Metropolitan RegionMr. Hariharan Arun NatarajanO2017-12
Performance Assessment of Green Spaces Against Pluvial FloodsMs. Ankita SoodO2016-01
A Study on Spatial Differentiation of Internal Migrant's Housing Location in Urban IndiaMs. Vanitha PuttaO2017-07
Knowledge economy and development stress in the Neoliberal eraMr. Sagar SinhaO2020-08
Urban resilience policyMs. Nikita RanjanO2021-02
Assessment of Housing Affordability in Million Plus Cities in India - A Case of LucknowMr. Prabhat RaoO2015-07
Post-Disaster Recovery Process: A Human Centric ApproachMr. Anshul PuriyaO2016-07
Courses or Conferences Organised
Conference NameSponsored ByDate
National Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (SBE-I)L&T Realty, BMTPC, DST & NBCC2015-01
International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (SBE-II)Everest, BMTPC, 2017-01
Books Authored


4. Chatterjee, U., Biswas, A., Mukherjee, J., & Mahata, D. (Eds.). (2022). Sustainable Urbanism in Developing Countries. ISBN: 9780367643799CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group (upcoming). 

3. Chatterjee, U., Biswas, A., Mukherjee, J., & Majumdar, S. (Eds.). (2022). Advances in Urbanism, Smart Cities and Sustainability. ISBN: 9780367641764CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group (upcoming). 

2. Seta, F., Biswas, A., Sen, J., & Khare, A. (Eds.). (2017). From Poverty Inequality to Smart City. Singapore: Springer, DOI- 10.1007/978-981-10-2141-1.

1. Seta, F., Biswas, A., Sen, J., & Khare, A. (Eds.). (2017). Understanding Built Environment. Singapore: Springer, DOI 10.1007/978-981-10-2138-1.

Book Chapters

2. Biswas, A., & Dev, M. (2019). Collaboration among Informal Organizations to Manage Informal Urban Transport in Indian Cities. In D. Cepiku, S. Jeon, & D. K. Jesuit (Eds.), Collaborative Governance for Local Economic Development: Lessons from Countries around the World. CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group).

1. Biswas, A., & Maurya, K. (2018). Governance and Institutional Framework for Smart Cities in India. Mugambwa, J. and Katusiimeh, M. (Editors); Handbook of Research on Urban Governance and Management in the Developing World . IGI Global, DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-4165-3.

Technical Reports

1. Biswas, A., & Dev, M. (2016). Country Report on national and regional planning framework and analysis of planning and development of NCR Delhi and Modinagar, India. Institute for Urban and Environmental Development (UED, Japan). Tokyo: Institute for Urban and Environmental Development.

Refereed Journal Papers

24. Biswas, A., & Gangwar, D. (2020). Studying the Water Crisis in Delhi due to Rapid Urbanisation and Land Use Transformation. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, Taylor & Francis, 

23. Dev, M., & Biswas, A. (2020). Studying Operational Dynamics of Public Bus System: A Case of Lucknow City, India. Transportation Research Procedia, Elsevier, 48, pp. 3211–3222,

22. Natarajan, A., & Biswas, A. (2020). Global recognition of India's knowledge-based industry evolution through empirical analysis. Journal of the Knowledge Economy, Springer,

21. Dev, M., & Biswas, A. (2020). Studying the institutional framework for public transport system in Jaipur, India. Smart and Sustainable Built Environment (Emerald),

20. Natarajan, A., & Biswas, A. (2020). A temporal review of global recognition of India's knowledge-based industry through an institutional viewpoint. Regional Science Policy & Practice (Wiley-Blackwell),

19. Maurya, K. K., & Biswas, A. (2020). Performance assessment of governance in Indian smart city development. Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/SASBE-04-2019-0045.

18. Biswas, A. (2020). Establishing metropolitan governance within the independent local governments: Lesson from India’s 74th constitutional amendment act, Journal of Urban Management, Elsevier,

17. Biswas, A., & Puriya, A. (2020). A Comparative Assessment of Indian Post-Disaster Temporary Housing Strategies. ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering (American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE)), 26 (1), https://doi:10.1061/(ASCE)AE.1943-5568.0000386. 

16. Natarajan, A., & Biswas, A. (2019). A Critical review of the Indian Knowledge-based industry location policy against its theoretical arguments. Regional Science Policy & Practice, 12 (3), 431-454,

15. Mittal, S., & Biswas, A. (2019). Exploring Transportation Demand Management as a Strategy to Decongest Indian Cities and Improve Mobility. International review for spatial planning and sustainable development. 7 (4), 185-211.

14. Biswas, A. (2019). Why Indian cities are so chaotic? Decoding from the expressions of Chandigarh. Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, 8 (5), 438-456, DOI 10.1108/SASBE-05-2018-0023.

13. Biswas, A., Mittal, S., & Padmakar, S. (2019). Why People Refrain from Cycling in Indian Cities? A Comparative Investigation. International Review for Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development, 7 (3), 111-130.

12. Biswas, A., Kidokoro, T., & Seta, F. (2019). Metropolitan governance and local decentralisation in India: Case of Chennai and Kolkata metropolitan regions. Asia-Pacific Journal of Regional Science, 3 (3), 675-696. DOI 10.1007/s41685-019-00115-w.

11. Biswas, A. (2019). Exploring Indian Post-Disaster Temporary Housing Strategy through a Comparative Review. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 10 (1), 14-35,

10. Biswas, A. (2019). A Framework to Analyse Inclusiveness of Urban Policy. Cities, 87, 174-184.

9. Abhishek, K., & Biswas, A. (2018). Practices in sustainable industrial infrastructure and technology: A case study of Gujarat, India. International Journal of Engineering & Technology, 7 (4), 4164-4169, doi:10.14419/ijet. v7i4.20503.

8. Abhishek, K. & Biswas, A. (2017). Guidelines for Physical Infrastructure in Industrial Area Planning: A Review of the Indian Context. Journal for Studies in Management and Planning, 3 (13), 269-278, DOI:

7. Biswas, A., Kidokoro, T., & Seta , F. (2017). Analysis of Indian urban policies to identify their potential of achieving inclusive urban growth. Urban Research & Practice , 10 (2), 198-227, DOI:

6. Biswas, A. (2016). Insight on the Evolution and Distinction of Inclusive Growth. Development in Practice, 26 (4), 503-516,

5. Biswas, A. (2015). Smart City as the Engine of Sustainable Growth. Journal of Indian Building Congress, 22 (1), 53-58.

4. Talabathula, M. R., & Biswas, A. (2015). Exploring the Smart City Paradigm in the Context of Urban India. Journal of Indian Building Congress, 22 (1), 63-72.

3. Chattopadhyay, S., & Biswas, A. (2010). Slum improvement through legal framework in India. International Journal for Housing Science, 34 (2), 139-150.

2. Biswas, A. (2008). Research Techniques in Housing. Journal of the Indian Institute of Architects. New Delhi: IIA.

1. Biswas, A. (2005). A Bio‐Climatic College Campus in a Hot Humid Zone. Journal of the Indian Institute of Architects. New Delhi: IIA.


Conference Proceedings 

31. Rajendran, L P., Maidment, C., Biswas, A., Chander, S., Srinivas, S., Roy, & M R., Shree, K., (2021). Reimagining Peripheral Geographies: A Dual Lens Approach to Examine Peri-Urban Dynamics in India. Urban ARC 2021. January 14 - January 16, 2021, Bengaluru: IIHS.

30. Biswas, A. (2020). Settlement strategy in the coast – The adaptation and changes needed in the uncertain future. in Proceedings of the DAAD International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation: Evidences from Best Practice in Coastal Areas, 4-5 December, 2020, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

29. Dev, M. & Biswas, A. (2020). Institutional Dynamics of Public Transport System: A Case Study of Jaipur City, India. in Proceedings of TRA2020, 8th Transport Research Arena 2020. Lusikka Toni (Ed), ISSN (online) 2669-8781, ISBN (online) 978-952-311-484-5, Helsinki, Finland. 

28Sood, A. & Biswas, A. (2019). Comparative analysis of differently vegetated green swales for pluvial flood mitigation. 8th APHW International Conference on Emerging Technologies in Urban Water Management. IIT Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India. 

27. Biswas, A., Hariharan, A. N., & Koner, S. (2019). The Narratives of Location Choice of Knowledge-Based Industries: The Case of Bengaluru Metropolitan Region. 3rd Asian Regional Conference on Peri-Urbanization. Bhopal, India.

26. Biswas, A., Ramesh, G., Kumar, S., & Sankhla, R. (2019). Using Narratives and Storytelling to Visualize Tales of an Indian Urban Streetscape in a Commercial District. In T. Mrdjenovic (Ed.), Decoding Balkan: Architecture, Urbanism, Planning (pp. 100-108). Belgrade : University of Belgrade - Faculty of Architecture .

25. Putta, V., & Biswas, A. (2019). Challenges in tracing the movement of people: An overview of tools and approaches in migration research. RC21(In and Beyond the City: Emerging Ontologies, Persistent Challenges and Hopeful Futures). New Delhi: Universitat de Barcelona.

24. Maurya, K. K., & Biswas, A. (2019). Convergence of urban governance and development network for Indian cities. RC21(In and Beyond the City: Emerging Ontologies, Persistent Challenges and Hopeful Futures). New Delhi: Universitat de Barcelona.

23. Dev, M., & Biswas, A. (2019). Studying Operational Dynamics of Public Bus System: A Case of Lucknow City, India. World Conference on Transport Research - WCTR 2019. Mumbai : Elsevier.

22. Maurya, K. K., & Biswas, A. (2019). The Rationale of SPV in Indian Smart City Development. In B. Donnellan, C. Klein, & M. Helf (Ed.), Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems (pp. 143-150). Crete: SCITE Press.

21. Biswas, A., & Natrajan, A. H. (2019). Studying the Location Pattern of Knowledge Clusters and Networks and its’ Influence in an Urban Region. Urban ARC 2019. January 10 - January 12, 2019, Bengaluru: IIHS.

20. Puriya, A., & Biswas, A. (2018). A Modified Need Assessment Method in Post-disaster Recovery Processes. 8th International Conference on Building Resilience. Lisbon: University of Lisbon.

19. Biswas, A., & Putta, V. (2018). Economic Segregation and Housing Price Variation in Peri-Urban Areas of the Metropolitan Cities in India. The 2nd Asian Regional Conference on Peri-Urbanization. November 8 – November 10, 2018. Busan: Pusan National University,.

18. Biswas, A. & Puriya, A. (2018). Planning and design interventions for post disaster temporary housing in India. 4th Residential Building Design & Construction Conference, February 28 – March 01, Pennsylvania State University.

17. Biswas, A., & Pawar, P. A. (2017). Evaluation of people’s well-being at an integrated watershed management area in Maharashtra state of India. XVI Biennial Conference of International Association for the Study of the Commons, July 14-17, 2017, Utrecht,

16. Biswas, A., & Chaudhary, R. (2016). A Planning & Architectural Intervention with Work-Living Solution For Migrants/Refugees In Cities. DWIH Conference: CityScape. New Delhi: German House of Research & Innovation .

15. Biswas, A. (2016). A Capability Based Approach in Identifying Housing Affordability for Urban Poor in India. Proceedings of 3rd Residential Building Design and Construction Conference, (pp. 328-339),

14. Mukherjee, M., Roy, U., Biswas, A., Arora, K., De, B., & Srivastava, A. (2016). Changing Paradigms of Affordable Housing in Independent India. Proceedings of 3rd Residential Building Design and Construction Conference, (pp. 410-428),

13. Biswas, A., Kidokoro, T., & Seta , F. (2013). Evolution of Indian Urban Policy From Pro-Poor Growth Principles to Inclusive Growth. Proceedings International Conference on Information and Social Science. Nagoya.

12. Biswas, A., Hoshiko, T., & Kyoung Jin, A. (2013). Incubation of Environmental Leadership Skills through Education & Training by Analysing Water Resource Management of Bangkok, Thailand. Proceedings of SDS 2013 – Sustainable Development Symposium. Naples: University of Naples.

11. Biswas, A., & Kidokoro, T. (2012). Towards Inclusive Development from Dispersed Regional Economic Growth & Inequality: Possibilities and Trends of Indian Urbanization. Proceedings of PlanoCosmo International Conference, (pp. 17-31 (IIA)). Bandung.

10. Biswas, A., Kidokoro, T., & Onishi (2012), T. An Insight of Metropolitan Planning and Governance in India. Proceedings of the 10th Conference of Asian City Planning (pp. 1-9): ACP.

9. Biswas, A., Boonyaroj, V., Denpetkul, T., Zhirong, H., Kobayashi, H., Kyoungjin, A., et al. (2011). Improving Quality of Life of Bangkok’s Citizen through sustainable water use and management. 9th International symposium on south-east Asian water environment, (pp. 103-108).

8. Biswas, A., & Kidokoro, T. (2011). The role of Urban Governance for Sustainable Development in India. Proceedings of 11th APSA International Congress (pp. 358-364). APSA.

7. Biswas, A. (2010). The Spatial Evolution of Sustainability in Urban Growth: Measurement, Analysis and Approach for South - East Region of Kolkata, India. 9th Conference on Asian City Planning (pp. 7-14). Tokyo: ACP.

6. Biswas, A., & Chattopadhyay, S. (2008). Slum Improvement through Legal Framework in India. 36th IAHS World Congress on Housing . Kolkata.

5. Gupta, R., & Biswas, A. (2006). Water For The Villages In The Coast-A Blue Print For Sustainable Development In Deltaic Sundarban. 4th World Water Forum 4, March 16-22, Mexico City.

4. Biswas, A., Gupta, R., & Das, S. (2006). Rangabelia-Hope in the deltas. 4th World water forum. Mexico city.

3. Gupta, R., & Biswas, A. (2005). An Experiment in Sustainable Construction, Case Study ‐ Madhusthaly School, India. Sustainable building construction in South-East Asia. Kuala Lumpur.

2. Biswas, A., & Gupta, R. (2004). Sustainable Micro Water Resource Management in Urban Areas ‐The Gariahat Shopping Mall  ‐ A Case in Point. 14th World water week - SIWI. Stockholm.

1. Gupta, R., & Biswas, A. (2004). Alternative Water Resource Management in Urban Areas. APHW. Singapore.

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