Urmi Sengupta


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Urmi is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Natural and Built Environment (SNBE) at QUB.  She has an interdisciplinary background and scholarship in architecture, planning and housing studies, combining  qualitative, quantitative and ethnographic methodologies. Her research focuses on urban development, poverty and inequality, contestations over access to land and housing in cities of global south. In particular, she is interested in how citizens articulate their rights to the city and the prospects for its implementation. Her recent research includes design and politics of public space and related spatial and social consequences, user perceptions of built environments in post-disaster contexts, aesthetics, equity and social justice in cities and designing for walkable communities. Her project on public space in post-conflict Kathmandu, funded by British Academy and Leverhulme Trust, explores the cultural, political and social processes in which the spatial organization and transformation of public space is mediated. She has published in a wide range of journals  including Environment and Planning C, Urban Studies, Cities, Habitat International, Housing Studies and  International Development Planning Review. She sits on the International Editorial Board of the International Journal of Housing Policy and Urban India (National Institutute of Urban Affairs, Ministry of Urban Development, India). Urmi holds a PhD from Newcastle University, a MSc in Urban Plannig from University of Hong Kong (as an Asian Development Bank Fellow) and BArch from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India.


Urmi teaches at both undergraduate and graduate levels.  She has been a member of School’s Internationalization Committee.  She supervises  undergraduate/postgraduate/ PhD research.



Research Statement



Programme  Director: MSc Urban and Rural Design

Module co-ordinator for:

EVP 2003 Urban Space and Form

EVP 2007 Site Layout and Design

EVP 7029 Rural Landscape and Design

EVP7030  Designing for Sustainable communties

EVP7025 Professional Practice Project in   Spatial Regeneration

EVP 7031 Urban and Rural Design (Individual Design Project)

Contributor to:

EVP 1012 Spaces, Places and Plans

  • Supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations and  PhD Students

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Projects 2014 2019

Research Output 2002 2019

Inclusive Development? Paradox of state-led land development in India

Sengupta, U., 25 Mar 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

3 Citations (Scopus)

The State-led Housing Development in Brazil and India: A machinery for Enabling Strategy?

Sengupta, U., 11 Oct 2019, In : International Journal of Housing Policy. 19, 4, p. 509-535 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

housing development
3 Citations (Scopus)
384 Downloads (Pure)

Between Enabling and provider approach:Key shifts in the national housing policy in India and Brazil

Sengupta, U., Murtagh, B., D'Ottaviano, C. & Pasternak, S., 01 Aug 2018, In : Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. 36, 5, p. 856-876 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
housing policy
low income housing

Between Manadala and the World Stage: Tundikhel's Transformation through History

Sengupta, U., 25 Oct 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Language of Disaster: Exploring the altered Architectural Fabric of Durbar Square, Kathmandu

Sengupta, U., 2018, RIBA Education Yearbook 2018. Nunes, J-P. & Gloster, D. (eds.). London, United Kingdom: RIBA Publishing

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


Awarded by Asian Development Bank (ADB) Fellowship

Urmi Sengupta (Recipient), 1998

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


Foundation of Urban and Regional Studies ( FURS PhD studentship) (2002-2005)

Urmi Sengupta (Recipient), Sep 2002

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Overseas Research Scholarship for PhD Study

Urmi Sengupta (Recipient), 2002

Prize: Other distinction

Activities 2000 2019

Habitat International (Journal)

Urmi Sengupta (Peer reviewer)
25 Jan 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Routledge (Publisher)

Urmi Sengupta (Peer reviewer)
10 Jun 201915 Aug 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy (Journal)

Urmi Sengupta (Peer reviewer)
01 Nov 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space (Journal)

Urmi Sengupta (Peer reviewer)
27 Jan 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Reconfiguring Area Studies in an Urban Age: Two decades of Land and Housing Study in India

Urmi Sengupta (Keynote speaker)
26 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference