Sujaya Rathi, AICP

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Experience in the urban sector of 25 years working on integrated urban development across different sectors, inclusive planning, and capacity building. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

I believe women's perspective is critical They represent almost half of the population, and so whatever infrastructure is planned, needs to be planned, designed, and executed with their participation and decision-making, for it to be sustainable.

Independent Condultant
, Bangalore
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A visionary approach to urban development, capable of envisioning and planning for the future needs of a city or region.


Strategic Planning, Policy Development, Project Management, Community Engagement, Collaboration, Evidence based decision support systems, technology familiarity with geo-spatial and other urban planning/transportation planning tools.


Leadership: Developed, led, nurtured and mentored urban development team

Sustainable urban development: Urban planning and enabling environment, citywide inclusive sanitation planning, mobility planning (strategic, city level), development of decision support systems, development of data frame and indicators, capacity building- both public and private sector (needs assessment, curriculum development, content development, training delivery, training impact assessment)

Collaboration and Partnerships: Familiarity with working within government structures and collaborating with various government departments and also fostering collaborations between public and private sectors for urban development projects. Well-connected within the urban development community, and capable of building partnerships with local, regional, and international organizations.

Communication Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills for effective interaction with stakeholders, at international and national public forums in conveying complex and urgent planning paradigms, tools, action plans to a diverse audience.

Transport & Urbanization

2nd Conference of Transportation Research Group of India (CTRG), Strategies to Reduce Energy Use from Commuting by Employees, Agra, India, 2013- https://trid.trb.org/view/1280056

Urban Mobility Conference, Review of Urban Transport in India, New Delhi, 2014, https://www.urbanmobilityindia.in/pdf/Proceeding_UMI-2014.pdf

Reconceptualising Smart Cities: A Reference Framework for India, Planning Commision, India International Center, New Delhi, 2015, https://www.planningcommission.gov.in/sites/default/files/2019-01/NITI-Aayog-Workshop-02092015-Presentation-by-CSTEP.pdf


FSM 3, Hanoi, Vietnam, Sanitech – A decision support tool, 2015

39th WEDC International Conference, Kumasi, Ghana, Learnings for a toolbox, 2016


40th WEDC Conference, Loughborough University, United Kingdom, Translating Sanitation Tool Results to Policy, 2017 (Panel speaker), https://www.cseindia.org/translating-sanitation-tool-results-to-policy-8511

Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation for SDGs Songdo Convensia, Incheon, Republic of Korea, Session on “STI for ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns (SDG 12)”, 29 November – 1 December 2017 Co-organized by DESA, UNCTAD and UNOSD


Key Note Speaker, in Consultations on FSSM and Sanitation Value Chain with Urban Local Bodies in Delhi and West Bengal with Centre for Research and Advocacy (CFAR), November – December 2017

Speaker/Panel member, Localization of SDG 6 & 11 and WASH Tools implementation in small towns, Bangalore, Dec 2021

Speaker/Panel member, Conference on Small Town Urban Agenda, Enhancing Basic Services through Sustainable, Resilient and Circular WASH, 2023


Mobility, Planning and Governance

• Knowledge Products Prepared Under FCDO-SCI FI CPR- HUDD GoO Partnership

o New Habitat

o Urban Wage Employment Initiative off Odisha

o Online Tool for City-Level Slum Free Planning


• Book Chapter: Sujaya Rathi, Author on the Chapter on India in Pojani, D. Stead (Eds.), The Urban Transport Crisis in Emerging Economies, 1st ed. 2017, XV. This edited volume discuses urban transport issues, policies, and initiatives in twelve of the world’s major emerging economies – Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, and Vietnam - countries with large populations that have recently experienced large changes in urban structure, motorization and all the associated social, economic, and environmental impacts


• Vaidyanathan, V., & Rathi, S. (2018). Urban Transport Planning in Bengaluru. Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 53(Issue No. 16). http://www.epw.in/journal/2018/16/special-articles/urban-transport-planning-bengaluru.html

• Ashish Verma, H.S. Sudhira, Sujaya Rathi, Robin King and Nibedita Dash, “Sustainable urbanization using high speed rail (HSR) in Karnataka, India” Research in Transportation Economics, 2013, Vol. 38 ,pp. 67-77

• Robin A. King, Sujaya Rathi and H.S. Sudhira, “An approach to regional planning in India,” International Journal System of Systems Engineering, 2012, Vol. 3, pp. 117-128.

• Abhik K Das, Sujaya Rathi, “An Empirical Geometric Model for City Expansion”, published in the Proceedings of the First International Conference on Intelligent Infrastructure, Computer Society of India, December 2012

• Anantha Lakshmi P, Sujaya Rathi and Abhik Kumar Das. 2015. A Dynamic Model for a Scenario based Analysis of Modal Split of Road based Passenger Mobility, 3rd Conference of Transportation Research Group.

• Anantha Lakshmi P, Sujaya Rathi.2013. Strategies to reduce energy consumption from commuting by employees, Elsevier, Procedia- Social & Behavioral Sciences, Volume 104, Pages 952-961. Available at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877042813045813

• Anantha Lakshmi P, Sujaya Rathi. 2015. Article on ‘Intelligent systems for smart and sustainable transport’ published in Sustainability next. Available at http://sustainabilitynext.in/cstep/intelligent-systems-for-smart-and-sustainable-transport/

• Sujaya Rathi, Anantha Lakshmi P.2014. Article on ‘Building towns to save our cities’ published in India Together. Available at http://indiatogether.org/towns-government

• Sujaya Rathi, Anantha Lakshmi P.2013. Article on ‘The way out of the mess on road’ published in The Hindu. Available at http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/open-page/the-way-out-of-the-mess-on-road/article4614715.ece

• Can Bangalore’s planners solve its commuter woes? - http://indiatogether.org/need-for-mobility-plan-for-bangalore-economy

• Localizing the gender equality goal through urban planning tools in South Asia, Overseas Development Institute, Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals and Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy, 2016

• Development of the systems model and its interpretation and development of the scenarios for the Planning Commission Report – “ Scenarios: Shaping India’s Future” , 2012

• Sujaya Rathi, Anantha Lakshmi P.2014. Article on ‘Building towns to save our cities’ published in India Together. Available at http://indiatogether.org/towns-government

• Planning for a climate-resilient city- http://indiatogether.org/urban-planning-and-climate-resilience-environment

• Building towns to save our cities, Sujaya Rathi and Anantha Lakshmi,India Together, October 24, 2013

• Are Slums a problem or a solution? The Hindu, 14th July 2013 (http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-openpage/are-slums-a-problem-or-solution/article4913512.ece

• What can Bengaluru gain from Smart Cities Mission? Sujaya Rathi and Shrimoyee Bhattacharya, Deccan Herald, August 26, 2016

• Smart-City Challenge: Building on pillars of good governance, Shrimoyee Bhattacharya and Sujaya Rathi, Economic Times, May 12, 2015.

• Holistic approach for Smart Cities Mission: Need for a reference framework, Business Standard, July 5, 2015. http://cstep.in/pressroom/newspaper-articles/218

• Target Sustainability, Become Smart, Sujaya Rathi and Shrimoyee Bhattacharya, Infrastructure Today, March 2015.

• Planning for a climate-resilient city- http://indiatogether.org/urban-planning-and-climate-resilience-environment

• The way out of the mess on road, The Hindu, 14th April 2013

• The Derelict mile, The World Streets Forum (http://worldstreets.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/letter-from-bangalore-the-derelict-mile/)

• Alternative Analysis Toolkit - http://www.iutindia.org/CapacityBuilding/Toolkits.aspx


• Decision Support Tool - FSM Toolbox - https://www.fsmtoolbox.com/about

• Faecal Sludge Management Landscape in South Asia, Published by Water Aid, 2019 https://www.wateraidindia.in/publications/faecal-sludge-management-landscape-in-south-asia

• Technology

• Singh, Shubhra & Mohan, Riya & Rathi, Sujaya & Raju, Nandimandalam. (2017). Technology options for faecal sludge management in developing countries: Benefits and revenue from reuse. Environmental Technology & Innovation. 7. 10.1016/j.eti.2017.02.004.

• Localizing the gender equality goal through urban planning tools in South Asia, Overseas Development Institute, Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals and Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy, 2016

• Electronic Waste Management in India: Issues and Recommendations, Shramana Dey, Sonali Anusree Patro, Shubhra Singh and Sujaya Rathi, Annual Technical Volume, Environmental Engineering Division Board, Session-2015-16, The Institute of Engineers, India, 2016

• Think beyond building toilets, Sustainability Next, January 2015, Sujaya Rathi

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