I work at the intersection of urbanization patterns, local energy policy and equity. In my research, I seek to understand the motivations, intentions and plans of multiple actors endowed with limited capabilities, imperfect foresight and distributed authority, in urban settings. Lately, I have been studying these issues in the context of local energy planning. I routinely use high cadence, large geospatial and temporal datasets and novel quantitative methods in my research. I am also a planning theorist, specialising in organisational decision-making, institutional restructuring and the role of plans. In addition to my faculty appointments in the City & Regional Planning and the Environment, Ecology & Energy program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I am a faculty research fellow at the Center for Community Capital and faculty fellow at the Insitute for the Enviroment and the Center for Urban and Regional Studies.


  • Local Energy & Environmental Policy
  • Urban Morphology & Growth
  • Institutional Analysis
  • Planning Theory
  • New Urban Analytics


  • PhD in Regional Planning, 2008

    University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

  • MS in Applied Mathematics, 2007

    University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

  • MUP in Urban Planning, 2004

    University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

  • BArch(Hons.) in Architecture, 2001

    Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur

Recent Posts



Urban Development, Coastal Infrastructure and Policy

How does infrastructure or lack of affect urban development along the coast

Irregular/Informal Settlement Detection

Machine learning techniques to identify irregular settlements

Justifications for Planning

Why do public and private organisations plan? When? How are the plans used?

Local Energy Policy & Planning

The interactions between land use, transportation, environment and energy systems

Smart Water Management and Internet of Things

Managing urban water infrastructure with new data driven approaches and institutional change

Urban Change and its Impacts

Novel measures of urban demographic, economic and morphological indicators

Working Papers

Recent Publications

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(2021). Tale of Two Sprawls: Energy planning and challenges for Smart Growth 2.0. Handbook on Smart Urban Growth.


(2020). Demarcating Regions using Community Detection in Commuting Networks. PLOS One.



Full courses

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Short courses

From time to time, I offer short courses with differing durations. Stay tuned for updates.