B.Tech. (Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology);
M.Tech. (CEPT, Ahmedabad);
Ph.D. (University of Massachusetts, Boston)
Dr. Namesh Killemsetty is a transdisciplinary researcher working in the fields of urban poverty and slum community rights. He completed his Ph.D. in Public Policy from University of Massachusetts Boston in 2021. He has an M.S. in Public Policy from University of Massachusetts Boston, M.Tech In Infrastructure Management from CEPT University Ahmedabad and B.Tech in Civil Engineering from MNNIT Allahabad. Prior to joining UMass Boston, he worked as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, O.P. Jindal University. He also has relevant industrial experience working in the Civil Engineering sector.
As a scholar of issues related to urban governance and poverty, Namesh’s work particularly focuses on housing, tenure security, and community rights of slum dwellers integrating theories and methods from Urban Studies, Policy Analysis, Operations Research, and Decision Sciences. His research looks at identifying and using participatory approaches that amplify the voices of marginalized populations such as slum dwellers for effective policymaking. Namesh is the recipient of the 2021 Urban Affairs Association Alma H. Young Emerging Scholar Award, USA and has been previously awarded as one of the global winners in a Research competition on Urban Development by Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, USAID, and the World Bank Group.