Associate Coordinator for Habitat Studies (PG Programme for UDD).


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
MSc (Dual Degree) Urban and Regional Planning, Innovative Regions Radboud University, Netherlands and Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden 2015
MCP City Planning IIT-Kharagpur 2009
B.Arch Architecture NIT-Hamirpur 2007


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Manipal School of Architecture and Planning Associate Professor Teaching 01/11/2019 - Till now
Manipal School of Architecture and Planning Assistant Professor (Senior Scale) Teaching 08/2018 - 10/2019
Manipal School of Architecture and Planning Assistant Professor Teaching 07/2016 - 07/2018
Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad (India) Senior Research Associate Senior Research Associate 05/2009–11/2009

Spatial planning and Urban Governance perspectives in India

2014 Urban Planning and Policy Kesar, Purushottam;jsessionid=44099ECABE350386834E0B5A81B9C890.live11292?__blob=publicationFile&v=6

The study is focussed on understanding the political and social positioning of the state of urban policy (and regulatory framework) in India and its states.

Review of Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay 2022: Streets in Motion, The Making of Infrastructure, Property, and Political Culture in Twentieth-century Calcutta, IJURR.

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100 Smart Cities Mission. RaumPlanung, 217(3/4). pp 22-27

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Kesar, P. Chattopadhyay, S.


Area of Interest

Urban Sociology, Digital Geographies, Comparative Urbanism, Sustainable Transitions.

Area of Expertise

Qualitative Research Methods, Interpretive Policy Studies, Social Sustainability Transition

Area of Research

Urban Futures, Urban Politics, Human Agency, Sustainable Transition Studies

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

  1. Member, ITPI - Institute of Town Planners India.
  2. Member, COA- Council of Architecture.
  3. Awarded, Erasmus Mundus programme Grant (Action -1), The Education, Audio-visual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), European Commission, Brussels, 2013-15, (EUR 48,000).
  4. Individual Bursary Grant, 2018. Agency: Indian Institute of Human Settlement, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. For attending IIHS Annual Research Conference.
  5. Individual Bursary Grant, 2017.Agency: Regional Studies Association, UK For attending RSA Annual Conference, Switzerland.
  6. Team member for conducting Service Level Benchmark for NCT Delhi, sponsored by Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India.
  7. Part of Halcrow Design Team in Finalization of Dadri Noida Ghaziabad Investment Region (DNGIR), a 200 Development Plan adopted by DMICDC,  Government of India.
  8. Part of LEA South Asia team in conduct of Feasibility Studies for planning of Industrial Clusters adopted by DMICDC,  Government of India.


Work Experience

Organisation Role Tenure
Cities Collaborative, Nijmegen (Netherlands) Research Assistant 07/2015- 06/2016
Halcrow Consulting India (a CH2M Hill Company), Noida (India) Assistant Urban Planner (Urban Planning and Land Development), 07/2012–06/2013
LEA Associates SA (A LEA International Ltd. Company), New Delhi (India) Planner (Urban and Regional Development) 06/2010–06/2012

Smart City Programme India: Exploring the dialectical and discursive agency of urban futures

2019 Digital Geographies, Governmentality, Dialectics Kesar, Purushottam

Beyond Smart Cities Today, Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for BOLD Cities, September 18-19, 2019, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Smart Cities Programme, Schumpeterian Logic or Urban Entrepreneurialism? Reading the Governmentality of Urban Futures in India

2019 Digital Geographies, Smart Cities, Urban Entrepreneurialism Kesar, Purushottam

City and the Region, IIHS Annual Research Conference, January 10-12, 2019, Indian Institute of Human Settlements, Bengaluru , India

The Governmentality of Urban and Smart Cities Programme in India

2018 Governmentality Kesar, Purushottam

International Conference on the Challenges of Governance in Mega Cities, October 25-26, 2018, Centre for Research in Urban Affairs, Institute for Social and Economic Change Bengaluru, India

Urban Visions- Between Contest and Collective Enterprise, Case of Indian Cities

2018 Urban Visions, Agonism Kesar, Purushottam

Regional Studies Association, Annual Conference, June 2-6, 2018, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland

The “Dispositif” of Urban Vision Making, New Sites for Discursive Struggles: Case of Mumbai City

2017 Governmentality, Agonism Kesar, Purushottam

The Great Regional Awakening: New Directions RSA Annual Conference, June 4-7, 2017, Trinity College Dublin, Irelands

Review of Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay 2022: Streets in Motion, The Making of Infrastructure, Property, and Political Culture in Twentieth-century Calcutta, IJURR,

2023 Kesar P


100 Smart Cities Mission. RaumPlanung, 217(3/4).

2022 Kesar P Ache P

pp 22-27

    Mumbai Development Plan-2034: Is It The Right Vision For Maximum City?


    The short article discusses the newly introduced provisions of Mumbai’s Development Plan-2034 or DP-2034,

    Why Karnataka’s Proposed Common Zoning Regulations Are More of a Problem than a Solution


    The opinion piece discusses the implications of the proposal to implement the Common Zoning Regulations (CZR) in the state of Karnataka

    Startup India: Right Intention, Misplaced Efforts


    The op-ed reflects upon the Startup India programme, opportunities and challenges

    Smart Cities Can Only Succeed With Smart Governance


    The editorial is a commentary on the Smart City Mission launched by Government of India and its positioning in the longer genealogy of flagship urban schemes