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Prof. (Dr.) Girish Agrawal
Professor & Vice- Dean of Research

Girish “the Mountain” Agrawal Works on the interrelated questions of law and policy as they pertain to infrastructure development in India. He is especially interested in how roadway design and urban layout influences driver behavior (and so road safety); what is the impact on natural systems because of a rapid expansion of the built environment; how do urban heat island effects work; and how to manage natural disaster and recovery. Girish holds a B. Tech. (Hons) in Civil Engineering from IIT Delhi, an MS and a PhD, both in Geotechnical Engineering, from Purdue University. He also holds a Juris Doctor from the UC Berkeley School of Law. He is thus a licensed Civil Engineer, a licensed Geotechnical Engineer, and a licensed Attorney at Law! He has about 20 years of professional experience as a consulting engineer, mostly in California, working with architects and planners on a wide range of public and private infrastructure. He has been a member of the faculty at Purdue University and IIT Delhi.

B.Tech. (IIT Delhi)
J.D. (University of California, Berkeley)
M.S.C.E., Ph.D. (Purdue University)

Teaching and Research Interests

Urban Morphology, Urban Heat Island, Air Quality, Transport Law & Policy, Transport Safety, Pedestrian Safe Transport Infrastructure & Systems, Sustainable Infrastructure, Foundation Engineering, Ground Improvement, Soil & Groundwater Contamination, Seismic Hazard Analysis & Mitigation, Construction of Professional Expertise, Land Acquisition & Land Rights.


Publications (selected)

Forthcoming - with Russell Smith & Prasad Pathak. “India’s ‘Smart’ Cities Mission: A Preliminary Examination into India’s Newest Urban Development Policy.” Journal of Urban Affairs. (To be published in a special issue on the Pacific Rim in the Fall of 2018.)
2017 - with Harsh Devulapalli. “Mapping Bus Transit Services in Hyderabad – an illustrative example of the use of open geospatial data.” Transportation Research Procedia, 25, 4196-4206.
2016 - “Road safety law and policy.” In Transport Planning and Traffic Safety: Making Cities, Roads, and Vehicles Safer, G. Tiwari and D. Mohan (eds.) (CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, ISBN 9781498751452), pp. 305-320.
2013 - “Is public interest litigation an appropriate vehicle for advancing road safety.” Economic and Political Weekly, 48(48), 84-89.
2005 - with Colin Gonsalves, C. Dalits and the Law, Human Rights Law Network, New Delhi.


Conferences/Invited Talks (selected)

Forthcoming - with Bakul Budhiraja and Prasad Pathak. “Surface urban heat island effect of a polynuclear megacity Delhi – Morphological and thermal evaluation of three sub-cities.” Paper to be presented at the Tenth International Conference on Urban Climate, August 6-10, 2018, New York City, NY, USA.
2017 - with Prasad Pathak, Raja Sengupta, and Bakul Budhiraja. “Urban Heat Island Effect: analysis and verification of large volumes of heterogeneous data collected at high velocity.” Tutorial at the Fifth Int’l Conference on Big Data Analytics, BDA 2017, December 12-15, 2017, Hyderabad, India.
2017 - “Securing the Rights of Pedestrians is the Key to Smart, Sustainable Cities – a Law and Policy Approach.” Presented at the ASCE Int’l Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure: Sustainable Cities for an Uncertain World, October 26-28, 2017, New York City, NY, USA.
2016 - with Prasad Pathak and Rahul Deshpande. “Land-use and transport mode choice in a planned peri-urban area in India.” Paper presented at the 14th World Conference on Transport Research, July 10-15, 2016, Shanghai, China.
2014 - “The limitations of public interest litigation as a vehicle for advancing road safety in India.” Paper presented at the Transportation Research Board 2014 Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.


Research Projects / Curations / Exhibitions (selected)

2017 – Present - “Urban Heat Island effect and building energy demand: linkages explained using a dense, low cost sensor network.”Joint Project with McGill University, Canada, University of Calgary, Canada, FLAME University, Pune, Ashoka University, Sonipat, and TERI University, Delhi, with funding from DST-IC-Impacts.
2017 – Present - “Harnessing new technologies to address pressing problems in energy, environment, and public health: impact of urban morphology on driver behaviour.Joint Project with University of Chicago, with funding from U Chicago Center in Delhi.
2017 – Present - “Planning and design of safe cities and community participation – Parts III & IV.”Joint Project with IIT Delhi, with funding from IATSS, Tokyo, Japan.
2017 – Present - “Pedestrian Safe Public Transport Systems: Infrastructure, Operations, Vehicles, Policies and Legislation II.” Joint Project with IIT Delhi and University of Cape Town, with funding from Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF), Sweden.
2017 – Present - “Establishing feasibility of a taxi based dispatcher coordinated layperson emergency medical system for use in low and middle income countries.” Joint Project with University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, DIMTS, IIT Delhi and St. Stephens Hospital, New Delhi, with funding from the US National Institutes of Health.