Rupinder is a Research Assistant in the “Urban Competitiveness and Resilience” (UCR) specialisation at IHS, Erasmus University, Rotterdam. She holds a Master’s degree in Urban Management and Development (Cum Laude) from IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam, where her thesis focused on the impact of Foreign Direct Investment on income inequality in Africa countries. She also holds an M.Phil. and Master’s degree in Geography from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. She qualified the National Eligibility Test for lectureship and was awarded Junior Research Fellowship from University Grant Commission in India during her M.Phil. and received full scholarship for her Master’s at IHS under the Netherlands Fellowship Programme. She was a finalist for the Medals in the "Research on Development" competition, at the "Annual Global Development Network Conference" (Budapest, Hungary, 2012), with her paper on a comparative analysis of growth and employment characteristics of the large cities which are part of Urban Agglomerations (UAs) and those which are not part of UAs in India.
Before joining IHS, Rupinder worked as a Thesis Mentor of Masters’ students at School of Government and Public Policy, Jakarta, Indonesia and she also worked as a Research Consultant in a research organization in Delhi. Currently, she is involved in the UN-Habitat project “State of African Cities Report (2017)” with Prof. Dr. Ronald Wall, as well as teaching and supervision of Masters’ students in UCR specialization at the IHS, Erasmus University.