Dear All,

The RCUK funded SMARt ciTIES  is lead by Professor Michele Clarke (Associate 
Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Nottingham) and Dr. Ajith Kaliyath (National 
Institute of Urban Affairs, India) brings together a consortium of 
multidisciplinary, international researchers with expertise spanning education 
and social science, cultural heritage and urban planning, science and 
engineering, ecology and environmental sciences and information technology to 
develop new collaborative solutions to the multi-layered challenges of rapid 

The Network includes leading urban researchers from University of Nottingham, 
University of Birmingham, University of Southampton, Bishop Grosseteste 
University College, Loughborough University, Northumbria University, Nottingham 
Trent University  and University of Surrey from the UK. From India there are 
urban researchers from Jawaharlal Nehru University, IIT Delhi, IIT Kharagpur, 
IIT Roorkee, Indian Institute of Population Studies Mumbai, Indira Gandhi 
Institute of Development Research Mumbai, Institute for Social and Economic 
Change, Bengaluru and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai from India. As 
well as establishing a multi-institutional and interdisciplinary network 
bringing together Centres of Excellence in the UK and India, the Network will 
reach beyond academia and engage with innovators, policy makers, industry and 
civil society.

To help achieve these aims Network will develop the Urban Observatory model in 
India and catalyzing its adoption in a number of Indian cities. These 
Observatories will provide relevant, indigenous new knowledge and insights to 
help implement the Government of India's Smart Cities Mission, Atal Mission for 
Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and the Housing for All by 2022 
Mission [1].

The Kickoff workshop of the UK-India Joint Network on Sustainable Cities and 
Urbanisation in India [1] was held on 26-27 September 2016 at India Habitat 
Centre in New Delhi. The main objective of this kickoff meeting was to bring 
together academia, government organisations, NGOs, industry representatives to 
discuss ideas and to develop a framework for Urban Observatories relevant to 
the needs of Indian cities. More details at

Michele Clarke will also be presenting these ideas at the India-UK TECH Summit 
2016 on 7-9 November 2016 in New Delhi . TECH Summit 2016 brings together the 
most exciting thought leaders, businesses, educational institutions and 
innovators to connect and explore the future of India-UK collaboration. Details 

Best wishes,



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