Dr. Mahendra Sethi

Dr. Mahendra Sethi is an architect, thinker and an academic whose work incessantly explores the role of societies and human settlements at the interface of global challenges. He is an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow with the Technical University Berlin and the Land Use, Infrastructure and Transport group of MCC-Berlin; an early-career researcher of Earth Systems Governance 2014, University of East Anglia, UK; and a recipient of 2013-14 United Nations University — Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) PhD Fellowship in Tokyo, Japan.
Dr. Sethi is an associate with the Indian Society for Applied Research & Development and Institute of Town Planners.  In the past, he worked with the National Institute of Urban Affairs as Editor of the research journal Urban India.
Born in India and brought up in England (1986-1991), he came back and attained a Masters in Planning from School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi. A recipient of Government of India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development Scholarship from 2005-07 and was also offered Liverpool University Scholarship in 2005.
Dr Sethi started his professional career with development consultancy, appraisals and formulation of urban, regional and environmental plans for national/state governments, statutory bodies, private sector and international organizations, including the World Bank and World Wide Fund for Nature.
He has published extensively in scientific journals, peer-reviewed papers and three books-
  1. Climate Change and Cities: A Spatial Perspective of Carbon Footprint and Beyond (Routledge–Taylor & Francis), a seminal research into economic development, urbanization and GHG patterns of over 200 countries
  2. Mainstreaming Climate Co-benefits in Indian Cities (Springer Nature), a volume synthesizing findings of researchers from India, Japan, France, UK and USA
  3. The Divided City- Ideological and Policy Contestation in Contemporary Urban India, with World Scientific Publishing, Singapore.
Dr Sethi regularly disseminates research through tutorials, special lectures and trainings on urban environmental, social and policy issues in national and international conferences, workshops, etc.