Individual Researcher

Nithya V. Raman

Nithya V. Raman


Nithya V. Raman

Program Area

Infrastructure and Governance



Research Interests

urban planning, urban design, accountability, citizen participation, urban informality



Nithya V. Raman’s work has been focused on questions of human rights and urban planning, particularly the access of the urban poor to land and livelihoods. She has worked with various groups including Amnesty International, the Hazards Center, and the Unorganized Workers’ Federation. Nithya co-authored Clouds of Injustice, a report published by Amnesty International on the environmental and health impacts of the Bhopal gas leak of 1984, and was a SARAI Fellow. She is also trained as a classical dancer, and has performed solo and with groups in venues throughout India and abroad. Nithya graduated from Harvard University with a degree in political theory and has a Masters in urban planning from M.I.T.

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