Darshini Mahadevia is a Prof. at the Faculty of Planning CEPT University (CEPT) and is the Director of the Centre for Urban Equity (CUE) established by her in 2009 at the CEPT University. She is a PhD from Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Darshini held the position of the Dean of Faculty of Planning for one term. Darshini has over 20 years of teaching experience and over 25 years of interdisciplinary research on public policy on human and gender development, urbanization and urban development and sustainability.
She is a global expert on equitable urban development and has expertise to assess equity issues in housing, transport, water & sanitation, municipal finance and climate change resilience and mitigation in the urban context. She has been member of number of committees of the Government of India. She is the chairperson of Samerth (SAMERTH) and is on the Board of Directors of Avaas, SEWA and Founding Trustee of Centre for Development Alternatives.
Darshini has led or participated in more than 40 research projects with funding from Ministries of the Government of India, UN agencies and international funding organisations. She has published over 20 books and booklets and more than 90 journal and book articles besides working papers and newspaper articles.