Nidhi Subramanyam (she/her), Assistant Professor


Home Campus:
U of T St. George

Cornell University (2021)

Other Degrees:
Master of Regional Planning, Cornell University (2014)
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Mumbai (2010)

Contact Information:

Email –

Office Address – Room 5023, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)

Research Interests:

  • Planning in the Global South
  • Urban governance
  • Water-sanitation infrastructure planning
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Sustainable development
  • The politics of dispossession
  • Ethnographic, participatory, and qualitative research methods
  • Urbanization and rural-urban transitions in South Asia

Teaching This Academic Year:

  • PLA1101 – Planning history, thought, & practice
  • GGR416 – Environmental Impact Assessment
  • PLA1601H – Introduction to Environmental Planning and Policy

Selected Publications:


Subramanyam, Nidhi, & Kudva, Neema. (2020) Acquiescence in the face of dispossession in the Mahindra World City Special Economic Zone, Tamil Nadu, India. Environment & Planning C: Politics and Space 39(1): 114-131.

Subramanyam, Nidhi. (2020) A small improvement: Small cities lag in expanding household water coverage across urban India. Water Policy 22(3): 468-482.

Subramanyam, Nidhi, & MacAlister, Charlotte. (2016) Governance of flooding risks in informal settlements in satellite cities in the Mumbai region.” South Asian Water Studies 5(3): 12–27.

Special Issue:

MacAlister, Charlotte, & Subramanyam, Nidhi. Eds. (2018) Adaptive water management in the face of climate change: Innovative solutions from the global South. Water International 43(2).