Faculty - TERI University


Bhawna Bali
Assistant Professor,
Department of Energy and Environment

Dr Bhawna Bali is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Policy Studies at the TERI University, New Delhi. An alumnus of the Panjab University, Chandigarh, she has academic training in the discipline of Urban Geography, with an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in the subject. Prior to joining the TERI University, she taught Geography of Tourism, Geography and Research Methodology at ITFT College (near Chandigarh) as well as practical courses on cartography and quantitative techniques in Geography during the tenure of her Ph.D. at the Department of Geography, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

At the TERI University, she is associated with the M.Tech. Urban Development and Management (UDM) programme, wherein she teaches three core courses, viz. Urban Development Policies and Programmes, Theories of Urbanization, and City and Regional Planning and Management. She has been involved in funded research projects, broadly in the domain of urban development in India, and on diverse thematic areas including sustainable urban development, city development planning processes in heritage cities, provision of basic services in the peri-urban areas, and urban WASH. Her research interests primarily include urban development, processes of urbanization and urban policies, and her work mostly involves qualitative and mixed methods approach.

In addition to teaching and research engagements, she delivers lectures on urbanization at the university workshops; and organizes capacity building training programmes in urban WASH for Urban Local Body officials and other stakeholders; and seminars on issues of sustainable urban development, qualitative research methods and research supervision skills. She also coordinates M.Tech. UDM student internships with Municipal Corporations and parastatals.




Educational Qualifications
  •  Ph D in Geography, Panjab University, Chandigarh, 2013

  •  M Phil in Geography, Panjab University, Chandigarh, 2002

  •  M A in Geography, Panjab University, Chandigarh, 2000

  •  B A in Geography, Psychology and Public Administration with an honours in Geography, Panjab University, Chandigarh, 1998

Honors and Awards
University Research Scholarship for Ph.D. in Geography awarded by Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Merit Scholarship for M.Phil. in Geography awarded by Panjab University, Chandigarh.

National Scholarship for M.A. in Geography, upon securing first position in B.A. Honours in Geography of Panjab University, Chandigarh.

University Gold medallist in M.Phil. Geography.

University Gold medallist in B.A. Geography Honours

Selected Publications
 Delhi?s Standards Should Compare with Global Cities
Bali, B.
The Sunday Standard, New Delhi, 16-23 April 2016, p. 6.,

 Inclusive Smart Cities: Locating the Poor, Vulnerable
Bali, B.
Business World, Smart Cities World 1st Anniversary Issue, March-April 2016, pp. 70-72. ISSN 2395-6178,

 Policy Interventions for City Regeneration: City Development Planning Processes in Heritage Cities in India
Bali, B.
Juho Rajaniemi Ed. Re City Future City - Combining Disciplines, DATUTOP Journal Occassional Papers 34, pp. 104-127,

 Residential Neighbourhood Characterisitics in the Civil Area of Jalandhar Cantonment
Bali, B.
Punjab Geographer, Vol. 11, pp. 37-52,

 Mirroring Change:Landuse in the Civil Area of Jalandhar Cantonment
Bali, B.
RC Chandna et al Ed Immortal Cities: Past & Future Concepts, Changing Morphology & Sustainability, pp. 49-62,


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