Dr. Bharat Dahiya is a highly experienced professional in sustainable urban development, having held leadership roles in international organizations and academic institutions. He has advised ministers, mayors, and governments on strategic guidance, policy development, and technical support and collaborated with prominent organizations such as the World Bank, UN-HABITAT, Asian Development Bank, UNDP, United Nations University (UNU), and Metropolis.

His expertise includes leading project teams, building partnerships, mobilizing resources for research and advisory services, and conducting applied research resulting in influential reports, including the United Nations’ inaugural report on The State of Asian Cities. Currently serving as the Director of the Research Center for Sustainable Development and Innovation at Thammasat University.

Dr. Dahiya has a strong publication record, has organized international conferences, and has extensive teaching experience at the postgraduate level. His areas of expertise encompass sustainable urbanization, climate change, urban innovation, cultural landscapes, urban planning, and community-led development.

Urban governance; planning and environment


GS812 Advanced Theories in Sustainability (Ph.D. in Social Innovation and Sustainability Program)
GS761 Contemporary Sustainability Issues (M.A. in Social Innovation and Sustainability Program)
GS346 Urban Innovation (B.A. in Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship)
TU102 Social Life Skills (B.A. in Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship)
TU103 Life and Sustainability (B.A. in Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship)


Publication :
  1. Publication: Books

    1.1 Dahiya, B., De Pascale, F., De Pietro, O., Farabollini, P., Lugeri, F.R., and Mercatanti, L. (Eds.) (2023) Disaster Resilience and Human Settlements: Emerging Perspectives in the Anthropocene, Springer Nature, Singapore (ISBN: 978-981-99-2247-5 Hardcover; 978-981-99-2250-5 Softcover; 978-981-99-2248-2 eBook) [Scopus] DOI: https://link.springer.com/book/9789819922475

    1.2 Singh, R.S., Dahiya, B., Singh, A.K., and Poudel, P.C. (Eds.) (2022) Practising Cultural Geographies: Essays in Honour of Rana P. B. Singh, Springer Nature, Singapore (ISBN: 978-981-16-6413-7 Hardcover; 978-981-16-6415-1 eBook) [Scopus] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-6415-1

    1.3 Jenny, Hubert, Asseline, Frederic, Wang, Yihong, Mehta, Anouj, Dahiya, Bharat, and Lindfield, Michael (2020) Catalyzing Climate Finance with the Shandong Green Development Fund. ADB Briefs, No. 144. Asian Development Bank, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila (ISBN: 978-92-9262-270-1 print; 978-92-9262-271-8 electronic) DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22617/BRF200192-2

    1.4 Dahiya, Bharat and Das, Ashok (Eds.) (2020) New Urban Agenda in Asia-Pacific: Governance for Sustainable and Inclusive Cities, Springer Nature, Singapore (ISBN: 78-981-13-6708-3 Hardcover; 978-981-13-6711-3 Softcover; 978-981-13-6709-0 eBook) [Scopus] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-6709-0

    1.5 Dahiya, Bharat and Okitasari, Mahesti (2018) Partnering for Sustainable Development: Guidelines for Multi-stakeholder Partnerships to Implement the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific, United Nations University, Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), Tokyo, UN-ESCAP, Bangkok (ISBN: 9789280845808; 9789280845853) DOI: http://collections.unu.edu/view/UNU:6459

    1.6 Panyarachun, Anan, Wankæo, Surichai, and Dahiya, Bharat (Eds.) (2015) Long Walk to Democratic Governance: Nelson Mandela Distinguished Lecture 2014, Chulalongkorn University Press, Bangkok (ISBN: 978-616-551-943-4)

    1.7 Bigio, Anthony G. and Dahiya, Bharat (2004) Urban Environment and Infrastructure: Toward Livable Cities, Directions in Development Series, The World Bank, Washington D.C. (ISBN: 0-8213-5796-4) DOI: https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/15018
  2. Publication: International Reports

    2.1 Dahiya, Bharat – Lead Author: Metropolis (2021) Asian Metropolitan Report, Metropolis, Barcelona. https://www.metropolis.org/node/9402

    2.2 Dahiya, Bharat – Conceptualised, Coordinated and Contributing Author: UN-Habitat (2014) 亚洲城市状况报告 2010/2011 [Chinese translation of The State of Asian Cities 2010/11], UN- HABITAT, Fukuoka (ISBN: 978-7-112-17285-6) https://unhabitat.org/sites/default/files/download-manager-files/State%20of%20Asian%20Cities%202010-11cn.pdf

    2.3 Dahiya, Bharat – Contributing Author: UN-HABITAT and International Urban Training Center (2012) Sustainable Urbanization in Asia: A Sourcebook for Local Governments, UN-HABITAT, Nairobi (ISBN: 978-92-1-132457-0) http://www.unhabitat.org/pmss/listItemDetails.aspx?publicationID=3345

    2.4 Dahiya, Bharat – Conceptualised, Coordinated and Contributing Author: UN-HABITAT (2010) The State of Asian Cities 2010/11, UN-HABITAT, Fukuoka (978-92-1-132274-3) https://unhabitat.org/books/the-state-of-asian-cities-201011/

    2.5 Dahiya, Bharat – Contributing Author: UN-HABITAT (2010) Planning Sustainable Cities: UN-Habitat Practices and Perspectives, UN-HABITAT, Nairobi; Document No. HS/1218/09. https://unhabitat.org/planning-sustainable-cities-un-habitat-practices-and-perspectives

    2.6 Dahiya, Bharat – Contributing Author: UN-Habitat (2010) Citywide Pro-Poor Ger Area Upgrading Strategy of Ulaanbaatar City. Ger Area Upgrading Strategy and Investment Plan – Knowledge Product, UN-Habitat Mongolia Office, Ulaanbaatar.

    2.7 Khan, Subhan, Qureshi, M.A. and Dahiya, Bharat (1998) Application of Spatial Data Technologies for Monitoring Urban Sprawl: The Case of Delhi (Project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency – CIDA). National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS), New Delhi.
  3. Publication: Articles and Book Chapters 1. Dahiya, B., De Pascale, F., De Pietro, O., Farabollini, P., Lugeri, F.R., and Mercatanti, L. (2023) ‘Disaster Resilience and Human Settlements in the Anthropocene’, In Bharat Dahiya, Francesco De Pascale, Orlando De Pietro, Piero Farabollini, Francesca Romana Lugeri, and Leonardo Mercatanti (Eds.) Disaster Resilience and Human Settlements: Emerging Perspectives in the Anthropocene, Springer, Singapore [Scopus] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-99-2248-2_1 2. Dahiya, B. and Okitasari, M. (2022) Accessing the Loss and Damage climate fund, Science, Vol. 378, No. 6626, p.1285 (ISSN 0036-8075) [Scopus] DOI: https://www.science.org/doi/epdf/10.1126/science.adf9670 3. Panghal, A., Dahiya, S., Sindhu, S., Dahiya, B., and Mor, R.S. (2022) Benchmarking the Interactions among Challenges for Blockchain Technology Adoption: A Circular Economy Perspective, International Journal of Mathematical, Engineering and Management Sciences, Vol. 7, No. 6, pp. 859-872. (ISSN 2455-7749) [Scopus] DOI: https://doi.org/10.33889/IJMEMS.2022.7.6.054 4. Dahiya, B. (2022) ‘Sustainable Urbanization and Communities – An Asian Perspective’ in A. Khatri and M.B. Pundir (Eds.) Proceedings International Conference on Urban Villages: A transformational discourse in architecture and planning, Urban Village Charitable Trust, New Delhi, pp. 30-40. 5. Dahiya, B. and Singh, J. (2022) Methodological Challenges in Estimating the Impact of Improved Sanitation on Child Health Outcomes: A Review of Studies in India, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 57, No. 23, pp. 34-40 (ISSN: 0012-9976) [Scopus] DOI: https://www.epw.in/journal/2022/23/insight/methodological-challenges-estimating-impact.html 6. Singh, R.S. and Dahiya, B. (2022) ‘Rana Pratap Bahadur Singh, ‘Rana-ji’: Academic Contributions, Professional Career and Recognition’, In R.S. Singh, B. Dahiya, A.K. Singh and P.C. Poudel (eds.) Practising Cultural Geographies: Essays in Honour of Rana P. B. Singh, Springer Nature, Singapore, pp.25-57. [Scopus] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-6415-1_2 7. Singh, R.S., Dahiya, B., Singh, A.K., and Poudel, P.C. (2022) ‘Introduction: Essays in Honour of Rana P. B. Singh’, In R.S. Singh, B. Dahiya, A.K. Singh and P.C. Poudel (eds.) Practising Cultural Geographies: Essays in Honour of Rana P. B. Singh, Springer Nature, Singapore, pp.3-24. [Scopus] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-6415-1_1 8. Cai, C. and Dahiya, B. (2020) Gender Equality in Asia-Pacific: Reflections on the Beijing+25 Review, Space and Culture, India, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 7-17 (e-ISSN: 2052-8396) [Scopus] DOI: https://doi.org/10.20896/saci.vi0.1000 9. Dahiya, B. and Gentry, B. (2020) ‘Public-Private Partnerships to Improve Urban Environments’, In Shabbir Cheema (Ed.) Governance for Urban Services: Access, Participation, Accountability, and Transparency, Springer Nature, Singapore, pp. 77-105 (ISSN: 2198-2546) [Scopus] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-2973-3_4 10. Dahiya, B. and Das, A. (2020b) ‘New Urban Agenda in Asia-Pacific: Governance for Sustainable and Inclusive Cities’, In Dahiya, B. and Das, A. (Eds.) New Urban Agenda in Asia-Pacific: Governance for Sustainable and Inclusive Cities, Springer Nature, Singapore (ISSN: 2198-2546) [Scopus] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-6709-0_1 11. Das, A. and Dahiya, B. (2020) ‘Towards Inclusive Urban Governance and Planning: Emerging Trends and Future Trajectories’, In Dahiya, B. and Das, A. (Eds.) New Urban Agenda in Asia-Pacific: Governance for Sustainable and Inclusive Cities, Springer Nature, Singapore, pp.353-384 (ISSN: 2198-2546) [Scopus] DIO: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-6709-0_13 12. Sudhipongpracha, T. and Dahiya, B. (2019) City Profile: Khon Kaen, Thailand, Environment and Urbanization ASIA, Vol. 10, No.2, pp.271-289 (ISSN: 0975-4253; Online ISSN: 0976-3546). [Scopus] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0975425319863931 13. Arfanuzzaman, M. and Dahiya, B. (2019) Sustainable urbanization in Southeast Asia and beyond: Challenges of population growth, land use change, and environmental health, Growth and Change: A Journal of Urban and Regional Policy, Vol. 50, No.2, pp. 725-744 (ISSN: 1468-2257) [Scopus] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/grow.12297 14. Dahiya, B. (2019b) The Difference Isn’t Ecological, It’s Cultural / 差異不在生態,在於文化 (in Chinese), Cities and Design: An Academic Journal for Intercity Networking, Vol. 8, pp.1-6 (ISSN: 1028-1207). 15. Haase, D., Guneralp, B., Dahiya, B., Bai, X., and Elmqvist, T. (2018) ‘Global Urbanization: Perspectives and Trends’, In T. Elmqvist, X. Bai, N. Frantzeskaki, C. Griffith, D. Maddox, T. McPhearson, S. Parnell, P. Romero-Lankao, D. Simon, and M. Watkins (Eds.) Urban Planet: Knowledge Towards Sustainable Cities, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp.19-44 (ISBN: 9781107196933) DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316647554.003 16. Okitasari, M., Dahiya, B., and Takemoto, K. (2018) ‘Building Successful Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships to Implement the 2030 Agenda in Asia-Pacific’, In GUNI (ed.) Approaches to SDG 17 Partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (Online: Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI, Barcelona), pp. 37-44. DOI: http://collections.unu.edu/view/UNU:6602 17. Kumar, T.M. Vinod and Dahiya, B. (2017) ‘Smart Economy in Smart Cities’, In T.M. Vinod Kumar (Ed.) Smart Economy in Smart Cities, Springer Nature, Singapore, pp. 3-76: (ISSN: 2198-2546) [Scopus; Web of Science] DOI: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-10-1610-3_1 18. Yaman, R., Thadaniti, S., Dahiya, B., Abdullah, J., and Ahmad, N. (2017) Post Occupancy Evaluation Model for Sustainable Neighborhood Development, Proceedings of the Korea Ecological Environment Society Conference / 한국생태환경건축학회 학술발표대회 논문집, Vol.17, No.2, pp.47-50 (ISSN: 1975-3616) DOI: https://dbpia.co.kr/journal/articleDetail?nodeId=NODE08734768# 19. Dahiya, B. (2016) ASEAN Economic Integration and Sustainable Urbanization, Journal of Urban Culture Research, Vol. 12, pp. 8-14 (ISSN Print: 2228-8279; ISSN Online 2408-1213) DOI: https://doi.org/10.14456/jucr.2016.10 20. Dahiya, B. (2015) ‘World Urban Realities’, Magazine for Architecture and Urban Planning – DaNS, 19 February (ISSN: 0351-9775). 21. Dahiya, B. (2014) 21st Century Asian cities: Unique transformation, unprecedented challenges, In Ravi S. Singh (ed.) Quotidian Urban Challenges: Development, Environment and Health, YS Books International, New Delhi, pp. 25-38 (ISBN: 978-81-927456-9-5). 22. Dahiya, B. (2014) Southeast Asia and Sustainable Urbanization, Global Asia, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp. 84-91 (ISSN: 1976-068X). 23. Dahiya, B. (2014) Southeast Asia and sustainable urbanization, Strategic Review: The Indonesian Journal of Leadership, Policy and World Affairs, Vol. 4, No. 4, Oct-Dec, pp. 125-134 (ISBN: 2477-1813). 24. Laquian, Aprodicio A. in collaboration with Bharat Dahiya (2013) ‘Asia Pacific’ (chapter) in UCLG (2013) Basic Services for All in an Urbanizing World: Third Global Report of United Cities and Local Governments on Local Democracy and Decentralization (GOLD III), UCLG, Barcelona, pp. 75-124. 25. Dahiya, B (2012) Cities in Asia, 2012: Demographics, economics, poverty, environment and governance, Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, Vol. 29, Supplement No. 2, pp. S44–S61. (ISSN 0264-2751) [Scopus] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2012.06.013 26. Dahiya, Bharat (2012) 21st Century Asian Cities: Unique Transformation, Unprecedented Challenges, Global Asia, Vol.7, No.1, Spring, pp.96-104 (ISSN: 1976-068X). 27. Dahiya, Bharat and Thaitakoo, Danai (2012) Waterscape Habitats in Thailand: Art of Survival vis-à-vis Climate Change, In: Kongjian Yu (Ed.) Landscape Architecture China: Conservation and Recovery of the Grand Canal, China Forestry Publishing House, Beijing, No.3, pp. 180-185 (ISBN: 978-7-5038-6695-1). 28. Dahiya, Bharat and Thaitakoo, Danai (2011) Why indigenous knowledge can help climate change adaptation, Urban World, Vol. IV, No.4, pp.18-19. 29. Dahiya, Bharat (2005) ‘Understanding Local Politics, Democracy and Civil Society: Environmental Governance in Urban India’, In C. Bates & S. Basu (Eds.) Rethinking Indian Political Institutions, Anthem, London, pp.107-124 (ISBN: 1-84331-079-1 Hardback; 1-84331-080-5 Paperback) [Scopus] DOI: http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt1gxp6z3.10 30. Dahiya, Bharat (2003b) Peri-urban environments and community driven development: Chennai, India, Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, Vol. 20, No. 5, pp.341-352 (ISSN: 0264- 2751) [Scopus] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0264-2751(03)00051-9 31. Dahiya, Bharat (2003a) Hard Struggle and Soft Gains: Environmental Management, Civil Society and Governance in Pammal, South India, Environment & Urbanization, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp.91-100 (ISSN: 0956-2478; Online ISSN: 1746-0301) [Scopus] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/095624780301500108 32. Dahiya, Bharat and Pugh, Cedric (2000) ‘The Localisation of Agenda 21 and the Sustainable Cities Programme’, In C. Pugh (Ed.) Sustainable Cities in Developing Countries: Theory and Practice at the Millennium, Earthscan, London, pp.152-184 (ISBN: 1-85383-619-2 Paperback; 1-85383-624-9 Hardback). [Scopus] 33. Dahiya, Bharat (1999) The Impact of Decentralisation Policies in India, Habitat Debate, Vol. 5, No. 4, p.25 (ISSN: 1020-3613). 34. Dahiya, Bharat (1996) Micro Habitats in Arid Zone: Development Environment Interface, Spatio-Economic Development Record, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 43-52 (ISSN: 0971-4944).
Conference Paper & Research articles :


    • Recipient, Global Sustainability Award 2021, Global Council for the Promotion of International Trade, based in UK, USA, India, and South Africa


    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom1996-2001
    Master of PlanningSchool of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India1993-1995
    Master of Arts (MA)Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India1991-1993
    Bachelor of Arts (BA)Maharshi Dayanand University, Haryana, India1988-1991
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