Writings, Presentations and Reports

Representative works are noted below. However, please see Professor Sanyal’s CV for a complete list.

Books and Edited Volumes
    1. Planning Ideas That Matter, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA (2012). [Website]
    2. Comparative Planning Cultures, Ed. Routledge, New York, NY (2005). |PDF|
    3. The Profession of City Planning: Changes, Successes, Failures and Challenges (1950 – 2000), Eds. Lloyd Rodwin and Bish Sanyal, Center for Urban Policy Research, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (1999). |PDF|
    4. High Technology and Low-Income Communities: Prospects for the Positive Use of Advanced Information Technology, Eds. Don Schön, Bish Sanyal, and William Mitchell (1998), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA. |PDF|
    5. Cooperative Autonomy: The Dialectic of State – NGO Relationship in Developing Countries (1994), International Institute of Labour Studies, Geneva, Switzerland. |PDF|
    6. Breaking the Boundaries: One World Approach to Planning Education, Ed. (1990) Plenum, Oxford, U.K. |Link|


Journal Publications
    1. “Celebrating the Idea of Planning,” Planning Theory and Practice, Routledge, Vol. 15, Issue 1, pp. 95-122 (2014)
    2. “Peter Marris (1927-2007):  Planning in an International Context,” Planning Theory and Practice: Interface, Routledge, Vol. 11, No. 2, (2010)
    3. “Social Norms and Formal Rules: How They Influence Housing Delivery for the Urban Poor,” Journal of Urban and Regional Planning, Tsinghua University and Commercial Press (2009)
    4. “Critical about Criticality,” Critical Planning: A Journal of the UCLA Department of Urban Planning, 15th Anniversary Issue (2008)|PDF|
    5. “What is New in Planning,” International Planning Studies, Routledge (2008) |PDF|
    6. “Planning a Planning School: Reflections from MIT,” Planning Theory and Practice, Routledge, Vol. 8, Issue 2, pages 251-275 (2007) |PDF|
    7. “Déjà Vu,” Planning Theory, SAGE Publications, Vol. 6, Issue 3, pp. 327-331 (2007) |PDF|
    8. “Understanding Planning Cultures: Cultural Essentialism or Historical Hybridity?”, Sociologia Urban E Rurale, FrancoAngeli, a. XXIX, n. 82, pp. 99-110 (2007) |Abstract|
    9. “Planning As Anticipation of Resistance,” Planning Theory, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 225-245 (2005). |PDF|
    10. “Globalization, Ethical Compromise and Planning Theory,” Planning Theory, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 117-124, Sage Publications (2002). |PDF|
    11. “Institutional Pluralism and Housing Delivery: A Case of Unforeseen Conflicts in Mumbai, India,” coauthored with Vinit Mukhija, World Development, Vol. 29, No. 12, December (2001). |PDF|
    12. “The Virtues of Informal Market,” The Value of Land, Annual Review of Lincoln Land Institute, Cambridge, MA (1998). |Web|
    13. “The Autonomy Fetish: The NGOs’ Self-Defeating Quest for Autonomy,” The Annals of The American Academy of Political Science, November (1997).
    14. “Intentions and Outcome: Formalization and Its Consequences,” Regional Development Dialogue, Vol. 17, No. 1, Spring (1996).
    15. “Ideas and Institutions: Why the Alternative Development Paradigm Withered Away,” Regional Development Dialogue, Vol. 15, No. 1, Summer (1994).
    16. “Organizações Não-Governamentais: os novos agentes do desenvolvimento,” Cadernos, IPPUR/UFRJ, Brazil, Ano VII No. 1, 105-120 (1993).
    17. “Organizing the Self-Employed: The Politics of the Urban Informal Sector” International Labor Review, Vol. 130, No. 1 (1991). |PDF|
    18. “Education for Developing Areas: A Proposal for a Global Approach,” Higher Education Policy Journal, Vol. 4, No. 2 (1991).
    19. “Growing Pains or A Fruitless Endeavor? Notes on Global Approaches to Planning Education,” Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 11, No. 1 (1991).
    20. “Antagonistic Cooperation: A Case Study of Non-Governmental Organizations, Government and Donors’ Relationships in Income Generating Projects in Bangladesh,” World Development, Vol. 19, No. 10 (1991). |PDF|
    21. “A New Turn of Events: Knowledge Transfer From Poor to Rich Cities,” Cities: International Quarterly on Urban Policy, Vol. 7, No. 1 (1990).
    22. “Training and Markets: The Inverted Sequence,” Habitat International, Vol. 14, No. 3 (1991).
    23. “Poor Countries’ Students in Rich Countries’ Universities: Possibilities of Planning Education for the Twenty-First Century,” Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 8, No. 3 (1989). |PDF|
    24. “The Urban Informal Sector Revisited: Some Notes on the Relevance of the Concept in the 1980’s,” Third World Planning, Vol. 10, No. 1 (1988).
    25. “Urban Cultivation Amidst Modernization: How Should We Interpret It?” Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 6, No. 3 (1987).
    26. “Problems of Cost-Recovery in Development Projects: Experience of the Lusaka Upgrading and Site/Service Projects,” Urban Studies, Vol. 24 (1987).
    27. “Learning Before Doing: A Critical Analysis of the Privatization Concept in Shelter Policies of International Institutions,” Open House International, Vol. 11, No. 4 (1986).
    28. “Who Gets What, Where, Why and How: A Critical Analysis of the Housing Subsidies in Zambia,” Development and Change, Vol. 12, No. 3 (1981).


Book Chapters
  1. “Informal Land Markets—Perspectives for Policy” Informal Real Estate Markets, Eugenie Birch, Shahana Chattaraj, and Susan Wachter (Eds.), University of Pennsylvania Press (forthcoming)
  2. “A Better Way to Grow?: Town Planning Schemes as a Hybrid Land Readjustment Process in Ahmedabad, India,” with Chandan Deuskar, Value Capture and Land Policies, Gregory K. Ingram and Yu-Hung Hong (Eds.), Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (2012) pp. 149-182.
  3. “Similarity or Differences? What to Emphasize Now for Effective Planning Practice,” Crossing Borders: International Exchange and Planning Practices, Patsy Healey and Robert Upton Ed., Routledge (2009) pp. 329 -350.
  4. “American Exceptionalism Revisited,” Practice of Local Government Planning, Gary Hack, et al. (Eds.), ICMA, Washington, D.C. (2008) |PDF|
  5. “The Transformation of an Olive Grove: An Institutional Perspective from Beirut, Lebanon,” with M. Fawaz, Planning and Institutions, N. Verma (Ed.), CUPR Press (2006).
  6. “Hybrid Planning Cultures,” in Comparative Planning Cultures; Bish Sanyal, Ed. Routledge, New York, NY (2005). |PDF|
  7. “From Dirt Road to Information Superhighway?,” J. Wheeler, Y. Aoyama, B. Warf (Eds.), Cities in the Telecommunications Age: The Fracturing of Geographies, Routledge, New York, NY (1999).
  8. “Beyond the Theory of Comparative Advantage: Political Imperatives of the Government-Nonprofit Relationship” C. Theodore Koebel (Ed) Shelter and Society, State University of New York Press (1998).
  9. “The Potential and Limits of the Social Economy: Lessons from the South,” Defourny, J., Develtere P. et al (Eds.), The Social Economy of the North and South, Belgium: De Boeck Universite (1998).
  10. “Public Sector Decentralization in Developing Countries: A Comparative Perspective on Success and Innovation,” (with Paul Smoke), AICP Press, Revolutionary Ideas in Planning: Proceedings of the 1998 National Planning Conference (1998).
  11. “Information Technology and Urban Poverty: The Role of Public Policy” in D. Schön et al (Eds.) High Technology and Low-Income Communities, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press (1998). |PDF|
  12. “Meaning, Not Interest: Motivation for Progressive Planning” in S. J. Mandelbaum et al (Eds.) Explorations in Planning Theory, New Brunswick, New Jersey: Center for Urban Policy Research (1996).
  13. “Social Construction of Hope” in L. Rodwin and D. Schon (Eds.), Rethinking the Development Experience: Essays Provoked By The Work of A.O. Hirschman, Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution; Cambridge, MA: The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (1994), pp. 131-146. Reprinted in The Administrator, Journal of the Lal Bhadhum Shastri National Academy of the Administration, Mussoorie, India, Vol. 27, No. 3, July – September (1993). |PDF|
  14. “Politics and Institutions in Urban Development – The Story of the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority” (with Meenu Tewari), in The Urban Poor and Basic Infrastructure Services, a publication of the Asian Development Bank and Economic Development Institute of the World Bank (1991).
  15. “Does Development Trickle Up?” in Korean Development into the Twenty-First Century (Ed.) Gill-Chin Lim, Urbana: University of Illinois (1988), pp. 49-58. Reprinted in Trialog, 23/24 (1990). Special issue on Public-Private Initiative.
  16. “Shelter, Settlement and Development,” (With Lloyd Rodwin) in L. Rodwin (Ed.), Shelter, Settlement and Development. U.K.: Allen and Unwin (1987).
  17. “Rural Development and Economic Stabilization: Can They Be Attained Simultaneously?” S.Commins and M. Lofchie (Eds.), Africa’s Agrarian Crisis: The Roots of Famine, Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner (1986).
  18. “Urban Agriculture: Who Cultivates and Why? A Case Study of Lusaka, Zambia,” in Food and Nutrition Bulletin, Vol. 7, No. 3 (1985).
  19. “How Revolutionary was India’s Green Revolution?”, South Asia Bulletin, Vol. 3, No. 2 (1983).

Book Reviews
  1. Planning in the Public Domain by John Friedmann. In Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 9, No. 1 (1989). |PDF|
  2. Studies in Indian Urban Development by Edwin S. Mills and Charles M. Becker. In South Asia Bulletin, Vol. 7, No. 1 (1987).
  3. Secondary Cities in Developing Countries by Dennis A. Rondinelli. In Journal of Regional Studies, Vol. 19, No. 3 (1985).

Feature Articles
  1. “Rethinking Urban Debates: Must we take the either/or approach?” The Indian Express (forthcoming)
  2. “Rethinking Leadership,” SPURS Newsletter, No. 60 (Spring 2014).
  3. “Sharing Unconventional Wisdom,” SPURS Newsletter, No. 59 (2013).
  4. “Reciprocal Learning,” SPURS Newsletter, No. 58 (March 2012).
  5. “A New Professionalism,” SPURS Newsletter, No. 57 (Winter 2011).
  6. “The Purpose of International Education,” SPURS Newsletter (Spring 2010).
  7. “The Role of Faculty Officers During MIT’s Financial Restructuring,” The MIT Faculty Newsletter, Vol. XXI, No. 3 (January/February 2009).
  8. “Worrying about Others: Notes on the Unfolding Financial Crisis,” The MIT Faculty Newsletter, Vol. XXI, No. 2 (November/December 2008).
  9. “Agenda Items: Old and New,” The MIT Faculty Newsletter, Vol. XXI, No. 1 (September/October 2008).
  10. “Reconsidering the Value of Service to MIT,” The MIT Faculty Newsletter, Vol. XX, No. 5 (May/June 2008).
  11. “The World at 02139,” The MIT Faculty Newsletter, Vol. XX, No. 4 (March/April 2008).
  12. “Deliberations Without Resolutions: Is it Time for a New Format for Faculty Meetings?” The MIT Faculty Newsletter, Vol. XX, No. 3 (January/February 2008). |Web|
  13. “Faculty Representation? How?”, The MIT Faculty Newsletter, Vol. XX, No. 1 (September/October 2007). |Web|
  14. “Bish Sanyal New Faculty Chair” The MIT Faculty Newsletter, Vol. XIX, No. 6 (May/June 2007). |Web|
  15. “What is the Future of India’s Teeming Cities,” India Today – India 30 Ahead, Special Anniversary Issue, Vol. XXXI, No. 50, pp. 100-102 (December 12-18 2006). |Web|
  16. “An Informal Rebellion: The Rise of New Workers’ Unions,” Harvard Asia Pacific Review, Vol. 3, Issue 2 (Summer 1999).
  17. “Special Program in Urban & Regional Planning: The Challenge for the Next 30 Years,” Department of Urban Studies and Planning Journal, MIT (Spring 1999).
  18. “Planning and Praxis,” Department of Urban Studies and Planning Journal, MIT, (Fall 1998).
  19. “Learning from Don Schön,” Journal of Planning Literature, Vol. 13, No. 1 (August 1998).
  20. “Pragmatic Idealism: The Key to the Construction of a Planning Sensibility,” Department of Urban Studies and Planning Journal, MIT (Fall 1997).
  21. “The State and Informal Economy: Motivation for Progressive Planning,” SPURS Newsletter, No. 35 (Spring 1994).
  22. “Religitimation of Development Planning; What Will it Take?”, Changing Cities, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT, pp. 4-6 (Spring 1993).
  23. “Possibilities of Reshaping Planning Education for the 21st Century,” SPURS Newsletter, No. 27 (Fall 1989).
  24. “Does Development Trickle Up?” SPURS Newsletter, No. 25 (Fall 1988).
  25. “Calcutta’s Metro: Desperate Symbol of Middle-Class Hope,” The Statesman, p. 4 (July 12, 1987).

Professional Reports
  1. Towards a Global Learning Community: MIT’s Report to the Rockefeller Foundation on Curriculum Development for the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Cambridge, Mass. (with Lawrence Vale) (July 2013).
  2. Housing the Urban Poor: The Implementation Challenges, Paper prepared for the National Institiute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, India (with assistance from Sai Balakrishnan and Chandan Deuskar) (November 2010).
  3. Hidden Successes: Innovative Institutional Responses to India’s Urban Challenges, Background Paper for International Competition, jointly organized by Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), Chennai, India and SPURS Program, MIT (2007). |PDF|
  4. Social Norms and Formal Rules: How They Influence Housing Delivery for the Urban Poor, Report prepared for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (2003). |PDF|
  5. Institutional Pluralism and Housing Delivery in Developing Countries (with Vinit Mukhija), Report prepared for the United Nations Development Program, Governance Division (2000).
  6. Poverty Alleviation and Employment Creation in Curacao, (with Judith Tendler), Report prepared for the Foundation for Work, Curacao: Netherlands, Antilles (1993).
  7. Interpretation of Students’ Comments on PhD Education in Planning, Mimeo prepared for the Report of the National Commission on the Doctorate in Planning, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (1992).
  8. An Institutional Approach to Urban Informal Sector Policies: Lessons From the Past; Directions for the Future, New York: United Nations Development Program, June (1991).
  9. Regional Urban Development in Thailand: Towards a Programme Approach to Technical Assistance (with Ralph Gakenheimer, et al.) New York: United Nations Development Program, July (1991).
  10. Politics and Institutions in Urban Development: The Story of the Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority,(with Meenu Tewari); Washington, D.C.: Economic Development Institute, World Bank, March (1990).
  11. The Politics of the Informal Sector in Asia, Washington, D.C.: United States Agency for International Development, January (1990).
  12. Does Development Trickle Up? Evaluation of Livelihood, Employment and Income Generation Projects in Bangladesh, New York: Ford Foundation (1987).
  13. The Urban Informal Sector and Small-Scale Enterprises (with Cynthia Ferrin) Washington, D.C.: Inter-American Foundation, Working Paper No. 1 (1986).
  14. Training Needs Assessment and Recommendations: The Shelter Sector in Jordan, Washington, D.C.: Planning and Development Collaborative (PADCO) (1986).
  15. Urban Cultivation: People’s Response to Urban Poverty in East Africa, Paris, France: The International Research Center on Environment and Development, Food and Energy Nexus Programme (1986).
  16. Evaluation of Sites and Service Projects: The Experience From Lusaka, Zambia (with Michael Bamberger), Washington, D.C.: World Bank, Working Paper No. 548 (1982).
  17. A Critical Overview of Low-Cost Housing Problems in Zambia (with Mary Turok), Geneva: International Labor Office, Working Paper No. 92 (1980).
  18. An Attempt at Assessment of Affordability in the Lusaka Housing Project, Urban and Regional Economics Division, World Bank (1979).
  19. Factors Affecting Product Life-Time (with David Conn), Washington D.C.: National Science Foundation (1978).

Papers Presented At Professional Conferences
  1. “Planning Sensibilities: Old and New” Presentation for China Planning Network (CPN) Urbanization Summit 2010, Nanjing and Suzhou, China, June 2010
  2. “City Size, Structure and Sustainability: What We Already Know,” in the panel on Size, Shape and The Sustainability of Cities, The Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS) Annual Meeting, Zurich, Switzerland, January 2009.
  3. “Institutional Pluralism and Housing Delivery,” Urban Housing Congress, China Planning Network (CPN), Beijing, China, July 2008.
  4. “Are We Same or Different? The Evolving Perceptions of Development Challenges,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) / Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) Joint Congress, Chicago, IL, July 2008.
  5. “Myth of Development from Below,” Institute of Financial Management and Research, Chenai, India, June 2008.
  6. “American Exceptionalism Revisited,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Milwaukee, MI, October 2007.
  7. “Hybrid Planning Cultures,” Association of European Schools of Planning Congress, Vienna, Austria, July 2005.
  8. “Planning As Anticipation of Resistance: Planning Theory for Institutional Reform,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), Annual Conference, Portland, OR, October 2004.
  9. “Internationalizing Planning Education: The Challenge for the New Century,” ACSP-AESOP Joint Conference, Leuven, Belgium, July 2003.
  10. “Comparative Planning Cultures,” World Congress of City Planners, Association of European Schools of Planning’s Congress, Shanghai, China, July 2001.
  11. “Globalization and Comparative Planning Education,” American Planning Association, Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, November 2000.
  12. “Compromise and Planning,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, November 2000.
  13. “The Myth of Development From Below,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Annual Conference, Pasadena, CA, November 1998. |PDF|
  14. “Denial of the Self: Architect-Planners in Search of Social Science Theories,” Association of European Schools of Planning’s Congress, Aveiro, Portugal, July 1998.
  15. “Public Sector Decentralization in Developing Countries: A Comparative Perspective,” American Planning Association, Annual Conference, Boston, MA, April 1998.
  16. “Information Technology and Urban Poverty: What Role for Public Policy?” International Conference on Telecommunications and the City, Athens, GA, March 1998.
  17. “Globalization, Regional Restructuring and Planning Education,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Annual Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, November 1997.
  18. “Cooperative Autonomy: State – NGO Relations in Development Projects,” International Conference on The Social Economy in the North and South, Ostend, Belgium, March 1997. |PDF|
  19. “Planning Education and Reinvention of Liberalism,” European Conference on Globalization and the New Inequality, Utrecht, Netherlands, November 1996.
  20. “Knowledge Transfer from Poor to Rich Societies: A New Turn of Events,” Joint International Congress of the Association of American Collegiate Schools of Planning and Association of European Schools of Planning, Toronto, Canada, July 1996.
  21. “Formalization of the Informal Sector,” Conference on Preparation for the City Summit II, Center for the Study of Global South, The American University, Washington, D.C., April 1996.
  22. “Democracy, Development and Planning,” Association of American Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference, Detroit, MI, October 1995.
  23. “Neither Rent Seekers nor Handmaidens of the Dominant Class: Planners in Poor Countries,” Joint International Congress of the Association of American Collegiate Schools of Planning and Association of European Schools of Planning, Oxford, U.K., July 1991.
  24. “Urban Cultivation in Africa,” International Congress on Sustainable Habitat, Berlin, West Germany, March 1990.
  25. “Anti-State Bias in Development Planning: The Unholy Alliance of the Left and the Right,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, October 1989.
  26. “Internationalization of Planning Education: The Third Opportunity,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Meeting, Buffalo, NY, November 1988.
  27. “Breaking the Boundaries: One World Approach to Planning Education,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, 1987.
  28. “Implications of City Jobs for Rural Hinterlands in Asia,” Panel Discussant, Annual Meeting of the Association of Asian Studies, Boston, MA, 1987.
  29. “New Initiatives in Urban and Regional Planning,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, 1986.
  30. “Learning From Anticipation: An Evaluation of the New Shift in Shelter Policies of International Institutions,” American Planning Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA 1986.
  31. “Beyond the Informal Sector: The Need for Income Supporting Activities,” International Conference of Regional Scientists and Planners, Kharagpur, India, 1986.
  32. “Rural Development and Economic Stabilization: Can They Be Attained Simultaneously?” North East Development Economists Conference, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, 1985.
  33. “Urban Agriculture: A Strategy for Survival,” International Development Research Council-World Bank. Seventh Conference on Evaluation of Shelter Programs, Washington, D.C., 1980.

Invited Professional Presentations
  1. “India’s Urban Planning: Three Surprises & Three Propositions” Presentation at Planning History Workshop, TU Delft, The Netherlands, June 12, 2015
  2. “India’s Urban Urgency: The 100 Smart Cities Call” Moderated panel at India Conference at Harvard University, March 7, 2015
  3. “Slum Redevelopment in Mumbai: Lessons LearnedTalk at India Matters Conference at Harvard Kennedy School, February 28, 2015
  4. “Informal Land Markets: Theory and Practice” at the Israel Planners Association’s Annual Conference, February 2015
  5. “Planning Sensibilities Old and New” Presentation as guest speaker at Ben-Gurion University. Delivered keynote speech at the Israel Planners Association’s Annual Conference, February 2015
  6. “Novel Course Development” facilitated session at USAID HESN TechCon, Berkeley, California, November 9, 2014
  7. “The Informal American City”, moderator and discussant of panel at ACSP, October 30, 2014
  8. “Urbanization and Technology: An experiment in Evaluation Methodology” presentation as part of panel: “Idea of the City: The Asian Challenge” at “The Future is Now: Urban Asia in the 21st Century”, a one-day conference at Boston University, Boston, Mass., October 8, 2014
  9. Talk to review and critique efforts to reform planned redevelopment in cities in the global south at “People Matter: The Human Impacts of Planned Redevelopment”, A Global Symposium, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, September 13, 2014
  10. “From Technical Know-how to Understanding the Human Condition? Lessons from MIT’s Special Program for Mid-career Professionals” at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London’s 60th Anniversary Programme Conference ‘Thinking Across Boundaries: Re-Imagining Planning in the Urban Global South’, Bloomsbury, London, July 2nd to 4th, 2014
  11. “From D2   To I2: Why Generating Knowledge about Implementation is Imperative” Presentation for Panel Discussion at UCLA Institute on Inequality and Democracy Consultation Visit, May 19, 2014
  12. “Policymakers With a Purpose” “Role of Technology in Development” and “Flood of Technologies for the Developing World: What Works?” presentations at MIT Poverty Week, February 2014
  13. “Ethiopia’s Urban Development Strategy: What Have We Learned from Dialogues?” presentation at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), MIT, Dec. 5 and Dec. 10, 2013
  14. “MIT and SPURS” Buenos Aires and Mendoza, Argentina, November 5-10, 2013
  15. “Planning Sensibilities for Effective Practice Presentation at the International Seminar on Teaching in Urban and Regional Subjects, Universidad del Rosario, Universidad Piloto de Colombia, and Asociacion Colombiana de Investigadores Urbano Regionales, Bogota, Colombia, October 21 and 22, 2013
  16. UC Berkeley Blum Center Visit and Meetings as MIT CITE Director and Representative, October 9-11, 2013
  17. “New North-South Partnerships between Universities,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) / Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) Joint Congress, Dublin, Ireland, July 2013.
  18. “Towards A Global Learning Community” at Indian Institute for Human Settlement (IIHS) Seminar and workshop, Bangalore, India, July 2013
  19. “Technology Enabled Learning: What’s Going on at MIT?” Speaker on CITE and appropriate technologies for this Plenary Session at LINC 2013, June 19, 2013.
  20. “Real Estate Markets in Informal Settlements in India and Brazil,” Presentation at University of Pennsylvania, April 2013.
  21. “Development, Urbanization & Urban Planning” Presentation for Mid-Career Indian Administrative Officers, Organized by the Indian Embassy, Washington, DC, October 9, 2012
  22. “Management of Urban Growth,” Keynote speech at “Managing Growth of Metropolitan Areas” an international conference held in Gdynia, Poland and organized in collaboration with the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), May 17-19, 2012
  23. “A Better Way to Grow? Land Readjustment through Town Planning Schemes in Ahmedabad”, at Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s 6th Annual Land Policy Conference, May 23-24, 2011
  24. “Providing Housing for the Urban Poor: A Targeted or city-wide approach?” Presentation at Bellagio Conference 2011 on “The Development of a Curriculum Framework and Research Agenda for the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), June 2010
  25. “Directions for Future Research on Urban India,” Presentation to the Ford Foundation, New York, NY, June 2010
  26. “The Myth of Development from Below,” University of Arizona, College of Architecture presentation, April 2010
  27. “Does MIT need a global strategy?” for MIT Center for Real Estate’s 25th Anniversary Lecture Series, San Francisco, February 2010
  28. “Co-Production of Knowledge: Evolving Rationale for International Planning Education,” Harvard Graduate School of Design, February 2009.
  29. “The Impact of Interrogating Planning: The International Context,” Harvard Graduate School of Design Symposium on Interrogating, December 2008.
  30. “Reframing Higher Education: North American Perspectives on Internationalization and Globalization,” Education Without Borders North American Forum, Institute of International Education, New York, NY, October 2008.
  31. “Cross-Cultural Planning Education: The Role of International Studios,” Chair of Roundtable, China Planning Network (CPN), Beijing, China, July 2008.
  32. Chengdu Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Symposium, China Planning Network (CPN), Chengdu, China, July 2008.
  33. “Myth of Development from Below,” Department of Social Ecology, University of California at Irvine, February 2007.
  34. “The Globalization of Science and Technology: Implications for International Development Planning,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), Forth Worth, TX, November 2006.
  35. “In Search of Solidarity: City Planning Education in an Interconnected World,” University of Florence Conference – The City: Ideas, Design, People, Florence, Italy, October 2006.
  36. “Return of the Local,” Keynote Address, Italian Association of Regional Sciences (AISR) 27th Annual Scientific Conference, Pisa, Italy, October 2006.
  37. “Planning in Times of Transition,” World Planning Schools Congress, Mexico City, Mexico, July 2006.
  38. “Cultivating a Global Learning Community: The MIT Experience,” Association of International Education Administrators Annual Conference (AIEA), San Diego, CA, February 2006.
  39. “Progressive Imagination,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), Kansas City, MO, October 2005.
  40. “Rights to the City,” Harvard International Development Conference, Cambridge, MA, April 2005.
  41. “Internationalization of Planning Programs,” Planning Administrators Conference, Cincinnati, OH, April 2005.
  42. “Housing the Urban Poor,” AID Boston, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, March 2005.
  43. “In Search of Similarities,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), Annual Conference, Portland, OR, October 2004.
  44. “Learning Alliance for Urban Development,” Annual Meeting of Alliance for Global Sustainability, Gotenburg, Sweden, March 2004.
  45. “Planning’s Three Challenges,” Dipartimento di Architettura e Urbanistica, Politecnico di Bari, Italy, November 2003.
  46. “Social Norms and Formal Rules in Housing Delivery,” Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, November 2002.
  47. “Institutional Pluralism and Housing Delivery for the Urban Poor,” Maxwell School Of Public Administration, Public Policy Program of Maxwell School and Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore), Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, October 21, 2002.
  48. “Globalization, Compromise, and Planning Theory,” Dean’s Lecture Series, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, March 2002.
  49. Low Income Housing and Slum Upgrading, MIT Media Lab Asia, December 13, 2001.
  50. “Land for the Urban Poor,” Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, November 6, 2001.
  51. “Globalization, Ethical Compromise and Planning,” keynote speech for the 9th Annual meeting of Association of Post Graduate Schools of Urban and Regional Planning, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 20, 2001.
  52. “Alternative Planning Education,” Planning Administrators Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, May 12, 2001.
  53. “Information Technology and Community Building? An Agenda for Action Research,” Center for Globalization and Information Technology, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, April 20, 2001.
  54. “Decentralization and Conflict: Contending Property Rights in Mumbai, India,” Harvard University, Weiner Inequality and Social Policy Seminar Series, Cambridge, MA, April 2, 2001.
  55. “Globalization and Comparative Planning Education,” Comparative Studies Group of University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, March 12, 2001.
  56. “Development: Which Way Now?”, Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN), Cambridge, MA, February 18, 2000.
  57. “Planning’s Three Challenges,” 1999 Siler lecture, Department of City and Regional Planning, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, March 25, 1999.
  58. “The Language of Opposition: Informality and its Challenge to Economic Modernization,” Colloquium on “Beyond Post-Developmentalism: A Search for Alternatives,” Harvard Law School, April 18, 1998.
  59. “Alternative Governance Strategies for Social Policies: An Assessment of NGO efforts in Poverty Alleviation,” Harvard Institute for International Development and the United Nations Development Program, Jointly Sponsored Conference on Governance, Poverty Eradication and Social Policy, November 13, 1997.
  60. “Advanced Information Technology (AIT) and Low-Income Communities: Possibilities for the positive use of AIT for low-income communities,” TBP Leonardo da Vinci Dinner Series, MIT, November 24, 1997.
  61. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Land Use and Taxation Roundtable Symposium, Cambridge, MA, October 2, 1997.
  62. “Charity and Empowerment: NGO’s and the Antecedents in South Asia,” South Asia Regional Studies Program, University of Pennsylvania, March 3, 1997.
  63. “Refugees, Immigrants, and Urban Pressures: Whose Responsibilities, Whose Rights?” The Catherine N. Stratton Lecture on Critical Issues, MIT, October 1996.
  64. “Social Conflict and Social Capital,” Conference on Government Action, Social Capital Formation and Third World Development, Social Science Research Council’s Economic Development Working Group, American Academy of Sciences, Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 6, 1995.
  65. “Institutional Approaches to Intervention in the Urban Informal Sector,” Center for Development Research, Copenhagen, Denmark, April 25, 1995.
  66. “The Myth of Development from Below,” The East-West Center, Centerwide Seminar Series, May 4, 1994.
  67. “Social Construction of Hope,” Symposium on New Public Administration in India. Lal Bahdur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, India, August 11, 1993.
  68. “The Conservative Origin of a Progressive Social Movement: The Case of the Self-Employed Women’s Association in India,” Population Studies Center, Harvard University, May 18, 1993.
  69. “The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in the Urban Informal Sector,” International Development Professional Interest Council, Harvard University, April 23, 1993.
  70. “Rethinking of Government’s Role in Development,” United Nations Center for Regional Development, Nagoya, Japan, Seminar on Learning In and About Development, March 18, 1993.
  71. “Informal Housing in Third World Settings,” Seminar series on Informal Housing and Housing Affordability Crisis, School of Urban Planning, The University of Illinois at Chicago, November, 1992.
  72. “Non-Profits in the Third World – Lessons from International Development,” Fannie Mae University Colloquium Series on Public-Private Partnership, Virginia Polytechnic University, Blacksburg, Virginia, October 12, 1992.
  73. “Cooperative Autonomy: The Dialectics of State-NGO Relationship in Developing Countries,” Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 18, 1992.
  74. “Institutional and Social Approaches to Rebuilding India,” New England Indian Professional Association, Boston, Massachusetts, April 12, 1992.
  75. “Informal Sector and Urban Health Care,” Department of Population Sciences and International Health Programs, Harvard School of Public Health, April 9, 1992.
  76. “Learning From the Third World: Lessons for Low-Income Housing in the U.S.,” Fannie Mae University Colloquium Series, The Florida State University, Tallahassee, March 1992.
  77. “Liberating the Power of the Informal Sector: Problems and Prospects in Asia,” United States Agency for International Development, December 18, 1991.
  78. “The Unholy Alliance: The Convergence of Anti-Government Sentiment from the Left and The Right,” University of Massachusetts, Amherst, History and Development Workshop, December, 1991.
  79. “The Impact of Employment Policies, Trade and Direct Foreign Investment,” panel organized by The Friedrich Ebert Foundation, New York, November 20, 1991.
  80. “Economic Crisis and Political Change,” Panel Discussant, Voice of America, United States Information Agency, September 17, 1991.
  81. “Grassroots Democracy and Greening of Indian Villages,” Discussant, Center for Population Studies, Harvard University, April 18, 1991.
  82. “From Paternalism to Mutual Learning: Changing Relationships Between International Students and American Universities, Virginia Polytechnic University, Blacksburg, Virginia, March, 1991.
  83. “Politics and Institutions in Urban Development,” Harvard-MIT-Boston University South and Southeast Asia Faculty Seminar, October 4, 1990.
  84. “Cooperative Autonomy: Political-Economic Linkages Between the State and the Poor in India,” MacArthur Lecture Series on Institutional Perspective on the State, Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, May, 1990.
  85. “The Political-Economy of the Informal Sector,” Harvard Institute of International Development, Harvard University, October 18, 1989.
  86. “Capacity for Development: Donor Paradigms and LDC Perspectives,” The Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, April 28, 1989.
  87. “Does Development Trickle Up?”, Consortium on Development Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana, September 1987.
  88. “Planning for the World City,” Columbia University, 50th Anniversary of the Urban Planning Program, April 23, 1987.
  89. “Learning Before Doing: A Critical Evaluation of the Privatization Concept in Shelter Policy,” Cornell University, Seminar on International Studies in Planning, April 17, 1987.
  90. “Urban Cultivation: A Strategy of Survival in Zambia,” Boston University, African Studies Center, Walter Rodney Seminar Series, February 23, 1987.
  91. “An Analytical Framework for Discussing the Urban Informal Sector and Small-Scale Enterprises: Inter-American Foundation, Keynote speech, Symposium on Urban Projects in Developing Countries, January 1986.
  92. “Urban Cultivation Amidst Modernization,” International Research Center on Environment and Development, Paris, France, January 29, 1984.
  93. “Rural Development and Economic Stabilization,” University of California at Los Angeles, African Studies Center, November 1983.