A Gates Cambridge Scholar, MS Raghavendra studied to attain his PhD in Urban Planning from Cambridge University. His doctoral program was funded by the Gates Cambridge Trust, which aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving lives of others.

Prof Raghavendra blends academic interests in sense-able cities, social housing, water management, and urban poverty alleviation with sub-national government experience in urban infrastructure development.  His research and consultancy interests include:

  1. local government capacity development, off-grid development of infrastructure,
  2. deployment of mapping tools to improve service delivery,
  3. evaluation of urban development and social housing interventions,
  4. infrastructure development and finance,
  5. estimation of user willingness to pay for improved civic services,
  6. planning for large public events.

Having served on the Kakodkar Infrastructure Vision 2035 Committee for the country, he has also contributed as a capacity building advisor to Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, the most pre-eminent civic body in the country.  He is currently consulting engaged on ‘culture-change’ in Mumbai and for the Government of Odisha.  A member of Royal Town Planners’ Institute, 

Prof Raghavendra is keen on utilizing talent pool across the globe, particularly at MIT and Cambridge University, to improve capacity for planning and design of India’s cities and towns.  He is a member of the Gates Community which aims to build a global and diverse network of socially conscious individuals by promoting cooperation, collaboration and opportunity in accordance with the goals of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the University of Cambridge.

His research interests include

  • regulation of informal water economy,
  • understanding user utility maximisation and estimation of user willingness to pay for improved civic  services,
  • use of mapping tools to improve joined-up governance and service delivery,
  • evaluation on national and sub-national urban development and social housing interventions,
  • embedding pedestrians and cycling facilities in urban land-use and transport planning, housing as a verb, etc.

Dr. M.S.Raghavendra
Professor and Area Chairperson,

Infrasructure Development Area

Administrative Staff College of India,

Bella Vista, Raj Bhavan Road,

Hyderabad 500 082.


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