Gayatri Singh is a Senior Urban Development Specialist at the World Bank’s Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice.
Over the past 20 years she has worked in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and East Asia within and outside the World Bank. In her current role, she is collaborating with urban and national governments in East Asia to create inclusive, sustainable and efficient cities through a combination of investment projects, policy reform, technical assistance as well as cutting-edge research and technological innovations. She trained as a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford University and subsequently completed her Ph.D. at Brown University.
Her areas of expertise include, urban management and service delivery, municipal spatial data infrastructure, capital investment planning and budgeting, integrated spatial planning, urbanization and migration, demography poverty, social inequality, conflict-displaced populations and residential segregation. She has authored several academic and policy publications on these topics.
Her latest publications include Recasting inequality: residential segregation by caste over time in urban India (2019) and Inclusive Urbanization: Can the 2030 Agenda Be Delivered Without It? (2016) in the journal Environment and Urbanization, and World Bank Reports on Reducing Poverty and Promoting Inclusion in Cities of East Asia and the Pacific (2017), Navigating Informality: Perils and Prospects in Metro Manila’s Slums (2017), and Urban Poverty in Ulaanbaatar: Understanding the dimensions and addressing the challenges (2016).