Abhilaasha N

Senior Associate - Practice | abhilaashan at iihs dot ac dot in

2017   MURP, Urban Planning, CEPT University, Gujarat
2015   BArch, Architecture, SRM University, Tamil Nadu




Countries: India
States: Tamil Nadu, Gujarat
Cities: Chennai, Ahmedabad
Languages: English, Hindi, Tamil

Abhilaasha has worked as a Research Associate in Centre for Urban Equity, CEPT University from May 2017 to December 2018. Though her primary area of research has been urban housing and informality, she has worked on projects including governance and land legislations in the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor, Gujarat (in collaboration with University of Sheffield), mapping evictions ad resettlements in Ahmedabad, analysis of Ahmedabad’s Smart city CBD, peripheries and mobilities with University of Sheffield, MIDS Chennai and University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She has also assisted some courses in Faculty of Planning, CEPT University as a Teaching Associate. These include Urban Infrastructure project studio, Real estate and finance (Seminar course), Planning sustainable industrial zones (Summer school) and Navigating urban life and culture (Elective course). Her post graduate thesis was titled ‘Gender analysis of community spaces in planned residential neighborhoods: A case of Ahmedabad’ and it won the award for Best thesis on Gender based studies.


At IIHS, Abhilaasha is a part of the Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support project (TNUSSP). She is an executive assistant to the team leader of the project. She is an avid traveler and loves digital doodling.

Other Writing

  • Nagarajan, A., & Eswaramurthy, S. (2020). Support for landscaping and aesthetic uplift for FSTPs in Tamil Nadu. TNUSSP. https://muzhusugadharam.co.in/support-for-landscaping-and-aesthetic-uplift-for-fstps-in-tamil-nadu/
  • Abhilaasha, N., & Sudhakar, S. (2020, November 19). Let’s talk sanitation! Kakkaman is here, this WTD2020. India Water Portal.
  • Senthalir, S., Nagarajan, A., & Sudhakar, S. (2020, June 09). COVID-19: Sanitation workers require access to menstrual health. The Wire.
  • Krishnamurthy, R., Sarangan, G., Nagarajan, A., Rajesh, Devaraj, R., Oviya, B., & Natarajan, N. (2019). Gender and social inclusion across the sanitation chain in Tamil Nadu – assessment and strategy. TNUSSP. https://muzhusugadharam.co.in/gender-and-social-inclusion-across-the-sanitation-chain-in-tamil-nadu-assessment-and-strategy/
  • Abhilaasha, N., & Suryanarayanan, A. (2019, June 10). #PeriodTalk: High time we challenge the secrecy around menstruation. The Wire.
  • Mahadevia, D., Williams, G., & Abhilaasha, N. (2019). Delhi Mumbai industrial corridor in Gujarat: A mirage or a reality? (Policy Brief-01). Ahmedabad, Gujarat: Centre for Urban Equity, CEPT University.
  • Mahadevia, D., Williams, G., & Abhilaasha, N. (2019). Land acquisition for mega industrialisation: Is Town planning Scheme a solution? (Policy Brief-02). Ahmedabad, Gujarat: Centre for Urban Equity, CEPT University.
  • Desai, R., Sanghvi, S., & Abhilaasha, N. (2018). Mapping evictions and resettlement in Ahmedabad, 2000-2017 (CUE Working Paper 39). Ahmedabad, Gujarat: Centre for Urban Equity, CEPT University.
  • Mahadevia, D., Bhatia, N., Abhilaasha, N., & Patel, Shaurya. (2018). Improving women’s safety on Sabarmati Riverfront. Ahmedabad, Gujarat: Centre for Urban Equity, CEPT University.
  • Abhilaasha, N., & Mahadevia, D. (2018). Community Level Planning and Gender [monograph – 01]. Ahmedabad, Gujarat: Centre for Urban Equity, CEPT University.
  • Krishnamurthy, R., Wankhade, K., Sarangan, G., Abhilaasha N. (2021, May-June). Gender and social inclusion issues across sanitation chain in Tamil Nadu: Assessment and strategy development. Paper presented at the 6th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference, FSM6.