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Sanjeev Vidyarthi, Ph.D

Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Director Designate, Master of City Design program

Urban Planning and Policy


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412 S. Peoria St., Suite 215


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Trained as an architect, urban designer and spatial planner, I study how to make better plans for places. Exploring planning and designing efforts across policy and spatial scales in a variety of urban settings like neighborhoods, new towns, historic cities and mega-regions, my research explores who does (and should do) the planning work. I have lived, worked and studied in the Middle East, Western Europe, and the United States while examining the case of city planning and development in post-independence India using a comparative lens and an insider/outsider perspective.

Selected Publications

Vidyarthi, S., S. Mathur and S. Agrawal. Understanding India’s New Approach to Spatial Planning and Development (Oxford University Press: New Delhi, 2017)

 Vidyarthi, S. One Idea, Many Plans: An American City Design Concept in Independent India (New York & London: Routledge, 2015).

Vidyarthi, S and C. Hoch. Learning from Groundwater: Pragmatic Compromise Planning Common Goods. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space (2017) DOI: 10.1177/2399654417723343

Vidyarthi, S., Hoch C. and C. Basmajian “Making sense of India’s spatial plan-making practice: Enduring approach or emergent variations,” Planning Theory and Practice 14.1 (2013): 57-74.



PhD 2008 The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Urban and Regional Planning

MUP 2006 The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Urban Planning

M.Arch 2003 KU Leuven, Belgium, Human Settlements

B.Arch 1991 Sir JJ College of Architecture, University of Bombay, Architecture