Dr Bhawna Bali is an alumnus of the Panjab University, Chandigarh, from where she had her academic training in the discipline of Urban Geography, with an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in the subject. Her teaching experience is quite diverse including urban studies, tourism and geography. At TERI SAS, she teaches core subjects of Urban Development Policies and Programmes, Theories of Urbanisation, City and Regional Planning and Management and Research Methodology in the MTech Urban Development Management (UDM) programme. She coordinates the MTech UDM student internships with Municipal Corporations, Smart Cities Special Purpose Vehicles and parastatals.
Being a geographer, her forte is in field work-based research and mostly involving qualitative methods. Her research interests are in processes of urbanization, migration, urban governance and policies. She is involved in national and international funded research projects in the domain of urban development in India. She worked on sustainable urban development, heritage cities and basic services provision in peri-urban areas under the HUDCO Chair at TERI SAS. She did the AMRUT Reforms Assessment for select cities of Rajasthan for NIUA. She is currently involved in ICSSR funded major project on peri-urbanization and land acquisitions and HUC-ICIMOD funded project on gender and urban planning.
In addition to teaching and research engagements, she is involved in capacity building training programmes for Urban Local Body officials, Smart City SPVs and other stakeholders as part of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs’ CBUD activities; seminars on issues of sustainable urban development, qualitative research methods and research supervision skills.
- Papiya Guha Mazumdar, Swati Tomar, Meena Sehgal, Bhawna Bali, and Richa Goel (2017). Health and Well-being, in P.G. Dhar Chakrabarti Ed. People, Planet, and Progress Beyond 2015, TERI Press, New Delhi, pp. 181-196. ISBN 978-81-799-3592-7
- Bali, B. (2016). Policy Interventions for City Regeneration: City Development Planning Processes in Heritage Cities in India, in Juho Rajaniemi Ed. Re-City: Future City-Combining Disciplines, DATUTOP Journal Occasional Papers No. 34, Tampere University of Technology, Finland, pp. 104-127. ISBN 978-952-15-3624-3
- Bali, B. (2015). Residential Neighbourhood Characteristics in the Civil Area of Jalandhar Cantonment, Punjab Geographer, Vol. 11, pp. 37-52. ISSN 0973-3485
- Bali, B. (2014). Mirroring Change: Landuse in the Civil Area of Jalandhar Cantonment, in R.C. Chandna, K.D. Sharma and K. Surjit Singh Ed. Immortal Cities: Past and Future Concepts, Changing Morphology and Sustainability, Institute for Spatial Planning and Environment Research, Panchkula, pp. 49-62. ISBN 978-81-927014-0-3
- Bali, B. (2013). Doctoral Dissertation Abstract of PhD Thesis Growth and Socio-Spatial Structure of the Civil Area in Cantonment Towns: A Case Study of Jalandhar Cantonment, Punjab, Punjab Geographer, Vol. 9, October 2013. pp. 149-152, ISSN 0973-3485
- Sharma, K.D., Deodhar, Pippa and Bali, B. (2011). Dynamics of the Rural Segment around a Planned City and the Need for a Broader Framework: A Case Study of Chandigarh (U.T.), in Jutta K. Dikshit Ed. The Urban Fringe of Indian Cities: Professor Jaymala Diddee Felicitation Volume, Rawat Publications, Jaipur, pp. 124-142. ISBN 978-81-316-0403-8
- Bali, B. (2010). Population Growth of Cantonment Towns in India, 1961-2001, Research Journal Social Sciences, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Vol. 18, No. 2, May-August, pp. 151-169. ISSN 0251-348X
- University Research Scholarship for Ph.D. (Geography) awarded by Panjab University, Chandigarh
- Merit Scholarship for M.Phil. (Geography) awarded by Panjab University, Chandigarh
- National Scholarship for M.A. (Geography) based on first position in B.A. (Geography Honours)
- University gold medallist in M.Phil. (Geography), Panjab University, Chandigarh
- University gold medallist in B.A. (Geography Honours), Panjab University, Chandigarh