Email id : arevi at iihs dot co dot in
Aromar Revi is the Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) – India’s first prospective National University for Research and Innovation to address challenges of urbanisation through an integrated programme of education, research, consulting and advisory services.
Aromar Revi is an international practitioner, consultant, researcher and educator with over a quarter century of inter-disciplinary experience in public policy and governance, the political economy of reform, development, technology, sustainability and human settlements.
He has been a senior advisor to various ministries of the Government of India, consulted with a wide range of UN, multilateral, bilateral development and private sector institutions and works on economic, environmental and social change at global, regional and urban scales.
Aromar has led over a hundred major research, consulting and implementation assignments in India and abroad; helped structure, design and review development investments in excess of $4 billion; worked on three of the world’s ten largest cities; with communities across twenty-five of India’s twenty-eight states apart from multiple international projects in half a dozen countries.
He is also one of South Asia’s leading disaster mitigation and management experts and has led emergency teams to assess, plan and execute recovery and rehabilitation programmes for ten major earthquake, cyclone, surge and flood events affecting over five million people.
Aromar is considered a leading expert on Global Environmental Change especially on Climate Change adaptation and mitigation. He is one of the Coordinating Lead Authors for the Urban Areas section of the IPCC 5th Assessment report (2014). He also serves as a member of the Global Advisory Board for the Global Assessment of Risk report (2011).
He also works on the dynamics of macro-governance and on long-range futures for India and South Asia. He is currently involved in developing India 2050 a dynamic long-range national economy-resource-demographic model for India.
Aromar’s commitment to sustainable urban development in India is well illustrated by his contribution to India’s national public housing programme which now builds close to two million houses a year in rural India. He was responsible for the development of housing and urban development plans for two-thirds of India’s states in the 1990s.
Aromar has made significant contributions to human settlements development in India, for which he was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 1990. This includes a key role in the design of India’s national public housing programme – that now facilitates the building of over 2 million rural houses a year; infrastructure planning, upgrading and institutional reform in a number of million-plus cities. Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs who are recognized for their innovative solutions to social problems and their potential to change society.
He is a Fellow of the India China Institute at the New School University, New York, where he engaged with Indian, Chinese and US scholars in addressing key strategic challenges before these countries in the early 21st century
Aromar Revi has written and edited five books and contributed to over thirty academic articles to peer-reviewed journals across multiple disciplines. He lectured and taught at close to three dozen of the world’s leading Universities and think tanks across five continents and serves on the Editorial Boards of Environment & Urbanisation Asia and Urban Sustainable Development.