Mahendra Sethi

UNU-IAS PhD Fellow

  • Mahendra Sethi
    Pacifico-Yokohama, 1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, 220-8502 Yokohama
    +81 (0)45-221-2367

    Research Interests

    • Global Change & Sustainable Development
    • Urban Development
    • Development Governance
    • Housing
    • Climate Change


    Masters, School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi
    Masters, Mass Communications, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology

    Biographical Statement

    Mahendra Sethi is a Doctoral Research Fellow in the Sustainable Urban Futures programme at UNU-IAS. He is an urban-environment expert and his field of research explores the role of cities at the interface of global environmental change and local governance, with a particular focus in Asia. He is also associated with the National Institute of Urban Affairs, India, as Editor for the research journal Urban India and other publications of the Institute.

    He has over nine years of experience in research and practice. Prior to joining UNU-IAS, he was involved in research studies, development consultancy, appraisals and formulation of urban, regional and environmental plans for national governments, statutory bodies, and international/ multilateral funding organizations, including the World Bank and WWF.

    Sethi has been a guest faculty in postgraduate courses and has supervised dissertation and thesis students. He has been invited as a jury member to international competitions and academic defences, and as reviewer in peer-reviewed publications. In addition to inquiries of global environmental governance within the urban sphere, he has keen research interest in themes of megacities, sustainable transport, optimization models, climate resilience, green habitat, evolution of settlements, and ecological development in mountain and hill areas.

    Born and brought up in India, Sethi attained a Masters in Planning, specialization in Environmental Planning, from the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi and a Masters in Mass Communications from Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, India. He is an associate at the Institute of Town Planners and a member of the Council of Architecture, Institution of Valuers, and the Construction & Buildings Services Forum. He is a recipient of a UNU-IAS PhD Fellowship 2013, Ministry of Human Resource Development Scholarship (2005–07) and was offered a Liverpool University Scholarship in 2005. He has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters, and has also disseminated research through national and international conferences.