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Pre-announcement: ESRC-ICSSR Call for Collaborative Research on Urban Transformations in India


The UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) are delighted to pre-announce a joint call for collaborative projects to enhance the understanding of urban issues in India and achieve economic and social impact.

This joint initiative aims to develop the understanding of how India manages the process of change it will go through, as it becomes more and more urbanised. It is predicted that by 2030 590 million people will live in Indian cities and that 68 of India’s cities will contain over 1 million people.

The joint call is expected to open soon, at which point a full call specification and further information and relevant dates will be provided.

Following a successful UK-India scoping workshop held in Jaipur in March 2016, the following themes are expected to be encouraged:

  • Urban planning, governance and management
  • Formal and informal populations
  • Place and space: challenges and solutions
  • Health, sanitation and labour issues
  • Small towns and dynamics of changes

The ESRC has allocated up to £1.75 million, with matched resources from ICSSR. It is expected that four to six research projects will be awarded under this call.

Please see ESRC website for updates on the call in the coming weeks.

UK awards will be funded through the Newton Fund – a 5 year programme that aims to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and emerging knowledge economies.

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Further information


Geeny George Shaju, Communications Manager, RCUK India
Tel: 011-2419 2637 or email Geeny George Shaju

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