Partha Mukhopadhyay has been senior fellow at CPR since 2006. Before joining CPR, he was part of the founding team at Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC), focusing on private participation in infrastructure. He has also been with EXIM Bank of India, as the first Director of their Eximius Learning Centre in Bangalore, and with the World Bank, in what then was the Trade Policy Division in Washington. He has taught at IIM, Ahmedabad, XLRI, Jamshedpur and at School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi and has been associated with a number of government committees. Currently, he is a member of the High Level Railway Restructuring Committee, a Technical Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and the Scientific Advisory Council of LIRNEasia, Colombo. His research interests are in urbanisation, infrastructure, and the development paths of India and China.
He received his PhD in economics from New York University and an MA and MPhil from the Delhi School of Economics.
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Abhay Pethe graduated from St. Xavier’s College and then joined the Department of Mathematics, University of Mumbai from where he obtained the M.Sc degree. He later joined the Economics department of University of Mumbai and obtained the M.A. and Ph.D degrees. Apart from getting several awards and distinctions during student days, he was awarded two post-doc scholarships, one to Cambridge University, U.K. and the other to University of Austin, Texas, U.S.A (Post-doctoral Fulbright Fellowship). He has been in the teaching profession for the last thirty four years.
He started his teaching career as a senior college lecturer at Sophia College. In 1982 he moved to the Department of Economics, University of Mumbai and has been there ever since. He has held various positions in the Department of Economics, such as Professor of Econometrics, Lakdawala Chair Professor in Planning and Development. Currently he holds the Dr. Vibhooti Shukla Chair in Urban Economics and Regional Development. Apart from academic teaching and research in Economics, he has been interested in issues related to education (economic and pedagogic aspects) and has written on it. He has authored two books and has published extensively in reputed journals and also in books and magazines. He has successfully guided several M. Phil and about 25 Ph.D. students.
In the past, he was the Dean of Faculty of Arts and Member of Management Council which is the highest executive authority in the University. Amongst other things, he was also the Chairman, Campus Development Council and a member of the Governing Board of TISS and Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics. He has been a member of the Advisory Committee of the Central Board of Film Certification and Marathi Viswakosh Mandal. He has also served on the 11th Plan subgroups on State Universities and Rain-fed Agriculture. He is associated with Observer Research Foundation (ORF), Maharashtra Economic Development Council (MEDC), Bombay Chamber, IMC and Bombay First. He has worked – and continues to work – as a consultant to Private Sector Organizations, Governmental and International organizations such as the MCGM, MTSU, GoM, GoI, Planning Commission, RBI, Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, World Bank, and UNDP/UNCHS.
Recently he has finished the term as Director of the Autonomous Department of Economics and was I/C Director of Rajiv Gandhi Center for Contemporary Studies. He worked as a member of the Technical Advisory Group on Housing Startup Index of RBI. He is on the Editorial Committee of the Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics (IJAE) and the ISEC Journal. He has worked on extensively on Decentralization and contributed to IRMA study on PRIs for MoPR, GoI and study of ULBs for UNDP as well as for Second State Finance Commission (Maharashtra). He was an expert member on the Government of Maharashtra’s Memorandum Committee for the 13th Central Finance Commission as well as the committee to set up Maharashtra specific WPI. Recently he has conducted the Mid-Term Appraisal (Maharashtra and Dadra Nagar Haveli) of the 11th Plan performance for the Planning Commission, Government of India. Recently he has completed an assignment as a lead consultant on Land Management Issues for the World Bank. Presently he is working on metropolitan finance in MMR for Lincoln Land Management Institute Cambridge, Mass. He is also consultant to Group SCE creating the Development Plan for Mumbai. He has worked as a member of the Steering Committee for Higher and Technical Education set up by the Planning Commission, Government of India (12th FYP). He was a member of the High Powered Committee set up by the Government of Maharashtra to go into the issue of Regional Imbalance, in the State under the Chairmanship of Dr. Vijay Kelkar. He was a member of the 14th Finance Commission Memorandum Committee of Maharashtra.
Currently, he is a member of the Management Board of the Gokhale Institute, Academic Council of TISS, Advisory Committee of MRLM and Research Council of TISS, and is working on a few assignments, for MCGM, Maharashtra Government and Government of India (MoHUPA). He is also mentoring a WBI e-course on Sustainable Land Use Planning
Vanesa Castán Broto is a lecturer at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit. She has completed postgraduate degrees in Spain (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) and the Netherlands (Wageningen University) and an engineering doctorate in the UK (University of Surrey). Prior to joining the DPU, she was involved in post-doctoral research at Durham University which examined the processes of social and technological innovation within the city in response to climate change.
Her research is concerned with cities, development and climate change. She has done research on the role of knowledge in environmental conflicts; the role of experiments in reconfiguring governance; the possibilities and implications of participatory planning for climate change and most recently, the role of energy transitions in cities in the global south. She currently holds an ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellowship to study energy landscapes. She received the 2013 Lighthouse Activity Award from the UNFCCC Secretariat for a project on participatory urban planning for climate change in Maputo, Mozambique.