Speaker and trainer: Banashree Banerjee, independent consultant and associate staff member of the Institute for Housing & Urban Development Studies.
Banashree Banerjee is an urban planner, working as an independent consultant and also as an associate staff member of the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Rotterdam and visiting faculty member at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.
In a career spanning more than three decades, the focus of her work has been on inclusive approaches to urban planning and management, particularly related to the poor. She has been responsible for designing, implementing and institutionalizing participatory planning and monitoring at neighborhood and city levels and putting in place city-wide approaches to improvement of informal settlements in a number of cities. This has also involved national and provincial level policy inputs, institutional development and capacity building of local government and civil society organisations. Her other interest is urban land management, in which she has considerable experience related to practice, research and teaching.
In the last twenty years Banashree has worked extensively as a consultant on urban poverty reduction projects supported by bilateral and international agencies, primarily in India but also in Egypt and Bangladesh. She also conducts short international courses on land management and informal settlements upgrading at IHS Rotterdam. In the past Banashree has worked with Human Settlement Management Institute (HSMI) Delhi, the research and training wing of Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO), in the Department of Town Planning of Kerala State and taught at Delhi School of Planning and Architecture. She has been providing technical support on urban issues to NGOs.
Banashree has several publications to her credit. She has undertaken prestigious assignments such as Panelist for Dialogue 3: Land and Housing at the World Urban Forum 2010, Rio De Janeiro; Chairperson of the International Jury for the UN-HABITAT best Practices Awards in 2008; and working group member of the Global Commission for Legal Empowerment of the Poor in 2007. She was part of the International Expert Group on Land and Housing of UN-HABITAT.