Aparna

Aparna, Author at Institute of Architecture and Planning
Institute of Management, Nirma University - Logo

Educational Qualification

    PhD

Research Area

    Disaster Management, Gender Studies, Sustainability, Urban Planning, Rural development, Environment

Designation

  • Associate Professor

Department

  • Architecture and Planning

General Information

Specialisation

    Architecture , Gender Studies , Research Methodology , Socio-economic development , natural resources , interdisciplinary research

About

  • An architect planner by training, Aparna is interested in understanding linkages between theory, research and practice in the domains related to studies in the natural and built environment, rural-urban linkages, socio-economic dynamics and sees potential in collaborative projects. At IAPNU, she has been involved with core teaching, curriculum development, research and consultancy. She worked on the inter-disciplinary collaborative project with GIDR for preparing DPRs for Puducherry and Kerala under ENCORE programme for NCSCM, Chennai. She has taught courses such as Research Methodology, Disaster Management and Climate Change, Environmental Design, Ecology and Biodiversity, Rural and Urban Development studios and also coordinated B Plan internships. She has been developing and supporting research initiatives at the institute and involved in research guidance including PhD. Aparna received Pan Asia Risk Reduction (PARR) research fellowship from START International Inc. to visit Kyoto University in 2014. Later, she earned competitive PARR follow-on grants for her doctoral research on "Flood Risk Vulnerability in Peri-urban Areas". Before joining IAPNU, her work focused on socio-economic development research at CEPT-CRDC in the areas of rural livelihoods, coastal environment, and social dynamics. Earlier, she was also associated with consumer research on affordable housing across Indian cities. She has also worked with the Development Alternatives Group (DA), Delhi where she coordinated initiatives related to implementation and research on social housing processes in Bundelkhand region working on sustainable building practices, mason training programmes, habitat infrastructure, housing finance, and process documentation. She had been to the University of Calgary on a students exchange during her undergraduate course. Aparna holds an M. Tech degree in Public Policy and Planning with specialization in Urban and Regional Planning from CEPT University. She did Architecture from CEPT in the year 2003.