Darshini Mahadevia is a Visiting Professor in the Social Sciences division of the School of Arts and Sciences, who has over 25 years of experience in teaching and researching in urban studies, human and gender development, poverty and inequality, and climate change. She did her PhD from the Centre for Studies in Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and was the Dean, Faculty of Planning, at CEPT University from 2012-2016. She also headed the Centre for Urban Equity (CUE), a Centre she had set up at CEPT. Professor Mahadevia is an editorial board member of several journals, a member of the Board of Studies of two schools at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and has been a visiting fellow at University of California, Los Angeles, McGill University, Montreal and Tsinghua University, Beijing. A committed researcher, she has more than 100 publications as books, chapters in books and journal articles, and has managed more than 40 research projects. From 2011-2013, she was a Member and Vice-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Global Research Network on Human Settlements (HS-Net), of the UN Habitat, and was a member of the Technical Group on Estimating Urban Housing Shortage for the 12th Five Year Plan of India, National Building Organisation, Government of India. Professor Mahadevia has been a member of the committee constituted under the Resettlement and Rehabilitation Policy of Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation from 2010-2012.