Aromar Revi

Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS)

He is an alumnus of IIT-Delhi and the Law and Management schools of the University of Delhi. He is an international educator, practice and thought leader, with 33 years of interdisciplinary experience in public policy and governance, sustainable development, human settlements, global environmental and technological change. Aromar is amongst the most cited urban scholars in the world across multiple fields, with over 75 publications and 8,000 citations: urbanisation (#6), climate adaptation (#4), infrastructure (#8), sustainable development (#24), and public policy (#48) . He is the Editor of the interdisciplinary international journal Urbanisation (Sage) and on the editorial Boards of the International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development (Taylor & Francis), Urban Climate (Elsevier) and Nature Sustainable Earth (Springer-BMC).

Aromar is a global expert on implementing Sustainable Development; and Co-Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), where he led a successful global campaign for an urban Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 11) as part of the UN’s 2030 development agenda, which brought major global urban institutions and over 300 cities and organisations together. He has addressed special sessions of the UN Open Working Group on the SDGs and the 71st General Assembly special session on the New Urban Agenda on the theme of Sustainable Cities, in 2014 and 2017.

Aromar is one of the world’s leading experts on global environmental change, especially climate change. He is a Coordinating Lead Author of the 2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C that will define potential implementation pathways for the Paris Climate accord. He was earlier a Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC Assessment Report 5 on Urban Areas that established the role of cities and regions in addressing climate risks. He is a co-PI of a large international Climate Adaptation Research Programme that spans India and Africa.

He is one of South Asia’s most experienced risk and disaster management professionals having led teams to plan & execute rehabilitation programmes for ten major earthquake, cyclone and flood events affecting over 5 million people; and was a member of the Advisory Board of UNISDR’s Scientific & Technical Advisory Group (STAG) and its bi-annual Global Assessment of Risk, from 2008.

He has been a senior advisor to multiple ministries of the Government of India, since the late 1980s; and has consulted with a wide range of international development institutions, national and transnational firms on economic, environmental and social change at global, regional and urban scales. This includes extensive in-country and regional experience across key UN, multilateral and bilateral agencies.