Urban planning careers with Saumya Lathia – PART 2 (S2 E3)


Saumya is a Research Associate at the Global Center for Environment & Energy at the Ahmedabad University. She also works on the Opportunities for Climate Mitigation and Sustainable Development (OPTIMISM) project, which is funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council as part of the research council’s “Towards a Sustainable Earth” program and the DBT at Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. Saumya is also an element scientist for the COVID Element in the Third Assessment Report on Cities & Climate Change (ARC3.3) anchored by Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), Columbia University.

She believes in data-driven decision making and the use of high-quality research for advocacy. Her research focuses on the intersection of urban planning and climate change, urban and regional equity, and climate resilience. Saumya holds a Master’s in Planning degree from USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, with a specialization in sustainable development, and a bachelor’s degree in Planning from CEPT, Ahmedabad. During her time at CEPT, she received a prestigious UKIERI (UK-India Education and Research Initiative) scholarship to study comparative urban development and planning. Saumya also received the Best Gender Thesis Award in 2017, for her undergrad thesis, ‘Gender and Public Spaces: A Case Study of Sabarmati Riverfront’.

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