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PhD projects

Land and housing in global south; Urban informality and Resilience, Heritage in post-disaster context; Public space and sacred geographies


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Personal profile


Urmi is a Senior Lecturer and Director Education (PGT programmes) 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 Institute of Urban Affairs, Ministry of Urban Development, India). Urmi holds a PhD from Newcastle University, a MSc in Urban Planning 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




Module co-ordinator for:

EVP 2007 Site Layout and Design

Previously, Urmi taught and coordinated the following modules: EVP1012 Spaces, Places and Plans, EVP 2003 Urban Space and Form, 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)


  • Supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations and  PhD Students

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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