Amita Bhide

Social Scientist
Chairperson, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Activist for tribal development, rural governance, urban poor

Amita Bhide is the Chairperson of the Center of Urban Planning, Policy and Governance in the School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has been engaged in teaching at the Institute for over 16 years, and was a former faculty member in the School of Social Work in the Department of Urban and Rural Community Development. She has been deeply involved in issues related to the urban poor, community organization and housing right movements and advocacy groups.

She has also worked on issues of tribal development and rural governance. Her areas of interest are urban development and habitat issues particularly focusing on housing, livelihoods and poverty and governance. Her recent work has focused on urban displacement and resettlement, migration, urban social movements and the political economy of urban development and public housing. Her academic work through research, writing and pedagogic innovation has sought to create active linkages between field and academia.

She contributed to the inception of the School of Habitat Studies at TISS. She has also been the recipient of the inaugural fellowship of the India China Institute, New York. Amita has been published in several books as well as journals; she has also written on development issues in newspapers and popular media.

Her recent publications include 'Shifting Terrains of Communities and Community Organizations: Reflections on Organizing for Housing Rights in Mumbai', Community Development Journal, Vol 44(3), 367-381, 2009, ‘World Bank Funded Slum Sanitation Programme in Mumbai: Participatory Approach and Lessons Learnt’ (Co-authored with R. N. Sharma), in Economic and Political Weekly (2005) and a book chapter titled 'Footprints of a Global City: What it Means for the Poor-Sharing the Mumbai Experience' in L. Batra (edited) 'Urban Poor in Globalising India'.