Bio: Dr. Bharat Dahiya

Portrait of Bharat Dahiya
Dr. Bharat Dahiya
Senior Advisor, Urbanist
Environment, Development and Sustainability Program
Graduate School, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
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An award-winning Urbanist, Dr. Bharat Dahiya combines academic research, policy analysis and development practice aimed at examining and tackling current social, economic, environmental and governance issues in the Asian urban context and at multiple geographical scales. He holds a PhD in Urban Governance, Planning and the Environment from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Since early-1990s, Bharat’s research and professional work has focused on sustainable urbanization, strategic urban planning and development, urban environment and infrastructure, and urban resilience. During this work the World Bank (Washington DC), UN-Habitat (Fukuoka and Bangkok), the Asian Development Bank and UNDP (Ulaanbaatar), he initiated, led and contributed to technical assistance and operational projects on sustainable urban development in a number of countries in Northeast, Southeast and South Asia, and the Middle East.

At UN-Habitat, Bharat conceptualized and coordinated the United Nations’ inaugural report on The State of Asian Cities 2010/11. At the World Bank (Washington DC), he conducted the first-ever systematic review of the Bank’s investments for improving urban liveability that was published as a co-authored book, Urban Environment and Infrastructure: Toward Livable Cities. Dr. Bharat is Series Editor for the Springer book series, Advances in 21st Century Human Settlements.

For his contributions to sustainable urban development in Mongolia, the Municipal Government of Ulaanbaatar decorated Bharat with a Medal of Honour, and the Government of Mongolia awarded him with a Certificate of Honour.