Darshini Mahadevia is Professor and Dean of Faculty of Planning, CEPT University, with over 20 years of teaching and illustrious research and publications record. After completing her Bachelors in Architecture and Masters in Urban and Regional Planning, she completed her PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She was a visiting fellow at University of California, Los Angeles and McGill University. She has collaborated for research with many national and international academic institutions/ universities in India, Europe, and China. She specializes in the research on urban development policies, including housing policy, urban poverty, human and gender development.