Data-Led Urban Planning

Urban policy plans and project investment decisions will be better informed by data that facilitates historic and present-day analysis and can predict future developments.

We live in a rapidly urbanizing world with 7 out of 10 people projected to live in urban areas by 2050.
90% of this projected growth will take place in the global south of which a significant portion will occur in India. Current estimates suggest 36% (400 million) of India’s population is urban and, by 2050, this number will double to 800 million.

Indian Cities will have to focus on creating new jobs, creating denser employment locations, aggregating land for planned development and driving integrated planning around large investments like metro rail along with ensuring impacts due to changing climate are incorporated in project design.


We seek to shift the discourse through-

  • Informing Policies and Plans: Using macro and micro data analytics, provide inputs to Town and Country Planning Acts, National and State level committees, and Regional and City Master Plans and State led urban schemes.

  • Participating in Strategic Game-Changing Projects: Conducting project surveys, supporting co-ordination of different actors, co-creation workshops and charrettes to pilot iconic projects that have transformative potential to change an area and scale to other areas and other cities.

  • Training and Capacity Building: Capturing learnings from strategic projects, policies and plans for knowledge dissemination in the form of training modules to improve capacities and capabilities of stakeholders especially government officials.





WRI India provided new, innovative, insightful ideas for Bangalore's strategic planning and an orderly way for integrating overgrown villages on the periphery into the extended city. Their inputs were part of the city restructuring committee's recommendations to the government”

- V. Ravichandar

Member, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike

Restructuring (BBMPR) Committee

As a policy, governance and institutional design advisor, WRI India Ross Center contributes to governance restructuring reports across different sectors in the urban context and extends technical assistance to city planning committees such as the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Restructuring (BBMPR) Committee among others.