Dr. Binti Singh is a Social Scientist by training and holds an M.Phil. (Planning and Development) and a Ph.D. (Urban studies) from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay.
A recipient of the UGC-Research Fellowship in 2003, granted by the Government of India, in the early part of her career (2005-2011), she has worked with institutions like the TISS, and SIES Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai apart from being associated with civil society organizations and local government institutions in Mumbai and Maharashtra. Following her doctorate and a two-year stint in Yokohama, Japan, she returned to be engaged as full time faculty with Kamla Raheja Vidhyanidhi Institute of Architecture and Environment Studies (KRVIA) Mumbai.
She has been part of many national and international academic research programs, and has authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed books, journals and regularly disseminates research through national and international conferences. She has recently finished working on a project for higher education through ICTs initiated by the Ministry of Human Resources, Government of India.
She has extensively researched and written on cities in which she has lived and worked including Mumbai, Yokohama and Lucknow. Her latest publications include Book Chapters-Unraveling Redevelopment in the Megacity Context of India: The case of Mumbai in Coming Of An Age: Trends And Issues In Housing In Asia Rout ledge (2017) with Prof. Manoj Parmar, KRVIA Mumbai as co-author and Citizens, Spatial Practices and Resurrection of the Idea of Place in Contemporary Lucknow in Unsettling Space and Place (forthcoming). Her current research engages with questions on inclusion, climate change, place making, urbanisms and activisms in cities of the global South. She is the author of Divided City with Dr Mahendra Sethi, National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) New Delhi as co-author.
She is currently working on her fourth book, an ethnographic work on cultural resurgence and place making in contemporary Lucknow.
I know Binti since 2005 when she was a research scholar and as her super senior in IIT Bombay. Back then in 2005 Binti along with many other enthusiasts in Mumbai were busy figuring ways and means for better municipal governance in the aftermath of the floods of July 2005. Binti has been relentlessly documenting, researching and writing on these issues since then. Her scholarship on this subject is unique and beneficial to the government, civil society and academia alike.
The published works of Dr Binti Singh are very significant to Urbanism in the Indian context. She has tremendous ability to describe and analyze the complex issues about Indian cities. I have been a co-author with her on a chapter in a book titled "Trends and Issues of Housing in Asia", where she presented the nuances of redevelopment of existing housing stock in Mumbai within the larger global imperatives and theoretical argument related to political and economic restructuring. Her work has remarkable influence in academic understanding of Asian Urbanism, especially to Indian context.
Binti was my colleague in KRVIA, Mumbai. She is a dedicated scholar and an enthusiastic researcher. Her expertise on civic admin and built environment was very useful for the March study program and studio. She is a good teacher and gets along very well with students and colleagues. She keeps herself updated with writing & presenting papers and very recently she authored books that concern the city and its functioning.
I met Dr. Singh in 2014 when I was assisting six thesis students at KRVIA, Mumbai. Dr. Singh expertise on Indian cities and work on urban sociology was a resourceful support for the studio. Specifically, the most critical contribution was to bring in different perspective of designing with social inclusion, cultural consciousness and climate awareness.
I know Binti since 2012 when she had submitted a research paper to my journal Urban India. She had documented several initiatives in participatory governance, drawing from experiments in Mumbai. As Editor of the journal, I found her research arguments focused and reporting to be quite meticulous. Like Binti, having myself lived and worked in ‘the land of the rising sun’- Japan, I know from where does this professional ethics, scientific rigour and timeliness emanate from. Binti has an exceptional quality of having an eye for details while making the sense of the larger picture. Seeing her tireless and optimistic attitude, I am confident that she would go a long way in the field of social sciences.