Dr. Bharat DAHIYA is a Human Settlements Adviser at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). Dr. Dahiya’s academic foundations lay in urban and regional planning and geography, through his Masters studies at two prestigious universities in India, namely, the School of Planning and Architecture and the Jawaharlal Nehru University, both based in New Delhi. His doctoral research at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, focused on the study of urban environment, civil society and governance in the Asian context.
Dr. Dahiya has extensively written on the issues of urban environment, development and governance, including policy and strategy notes on the Millennium Development Goals and urban poverty. He conducted the first systematic review of the World Bank’s investments in improving urban liveability, published as a co-authored book, Urban Environment and Infrastructure: Toward Livable Cities
(2004), in the Bank’s Directions in Development Series. This evaluative work developed the concept of the Expanded Brown Agenda
– which included in the Brown Agenda the sustainable urban planning and development issues related to the prevention and mitigation of the urban impacts of natural disasters and climate change. At present, Dr. Dahiya is the substantive editor of the first State of Asian Cities Report 2010
, which looks into the state of Asian cities with regard to demographic trends, economic productivity, urban poverty and social inclusion, urban environment and climate change, and urban governance.