Somesh Sharma

Expert, Environment and Sustainable Development Planning

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Somesh is a team member of Urban Environment and Climate Change (UESC) thematic area at IHS and he is involved in teaching, research, advisory and designing tailor-made training programs. He is in-charge of the 3-months post graduate diploma course on ‘Urban Management and Development Theories (UMDT)’, course coordinator for the short course Urban Management Tools on Climate Change (UMTCC), research workshop coordinator for the UESC group, and coordinator for the mass open online course (MOOC) ‘Financing Infrastructure in African Cities (FIAC)’ available at Coursera e-earning platform. In the past Somesh has worked with the Planning and Marketing Research Services, Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics (BISAG), Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A), and German International Services (GIZ-IS). Somesh has two master's degrees (Master in Urban Planning, and Master in Urban Management and Development) and a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering.

At IHS, his main thematic areas of focus are public finance, inclusive smart cities, nature-based solutions for sustainable development planning, and sustainable urban transport. He specializes in designing and conducting tailor-made training programs for government decision making and designing (in-campus and online) higher education programs. Somesh has worked on several capacity building and advisory assignments. Some of his key assignments include – training on Green City Action Planning (GCAP) Melaka, Malaysia (IMT-GT); Sustainability Benefits Assessment Methodology (the World Bank); Integrating Climate Change with City Development Strategies (UN-Habitat); developing M&E Framework for Climate Change Adaptation Measures (LoCAL, UNCDF); Linking Eastern and African Networks on Climate Change (EM); Strengthening Higher Education in Urban Sustainability and Transitions Towards internationalization of Academic Institutions and Networks (EM); UNFCCC-II; NATCOM-II; National Agriculture Innovation Project (NAIP); Gujarat Forestry Development Project-II (GFDP-II); and the Sixth Central Pay Commission of India.

Somesh has also worked on designing several decision support systems for urban management and governance. He has developed a framework for Sustainability Benefits Assessment in Urban Transport Project Appraisal (SBA), Travel Demand Forecasting Model, Transport Emission Estimation Model, Integrated Model for Low-carbon Sustainable Transport Scenario Planning, and web-based decision support system for Climate Change and Variability Assessment. In addition to environment and climate change, he has working experience in the areas of performance measurement and management information systems. Somesh also has wide experience in using Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems (RS and GIS) in developmental studies (such as climate change impact assessment, vulnerability assessment, national and local level policymaking, land-use planning and sustainable development planning).

Publications

Sharma, T., Legarda, R. and Sharma, S. (2019). Assessing Trends of Digital Divide Within Digital Services in New York City. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, pp.682-687.

Sharma, S. and Geerlings. H., "Sustainability Benefits Assessment in Urban Transport Project Appraisal: A New Method of Transport Project Appraisal". Smart and Sustainable Planning For Cities and Regions. Adriano Bisello et al. 1st ed. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2016. 185-204.

Birago, D., Mensah, O.H., and Sharma, S. Level of service delivery of public transport and mode choice in Accra, Ghana. Transportation Research Part F (2016)

Sharma, S. and Harry Geerlings, 2015. 'Sustainability Benefits Assessment in Urban Transport Project Appraisal - Position Paper for a New Method of Transport Project Appraisal'. International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions. Bolzano: EURAC, 19-20 November.

Sharma, S. and H. Geerlings (2015) Transition towards Sustainable Mobility Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainability Benefits Assessment Transition towards Sustainable Mobility; Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainability Benefits Assessment in Decision Making. In: Decision Making, Edelenbos, (forthcoming)

Sharma, S. 2014. "Sustainability Benefits Assessment Methodology", paper presented at The Gold Standard Conference 2014 The Future of Results-Based Finance: Measuring Environmental and Social Impacts Beyond Carbon, Zurich, Switzerland, 10-11 March.

Gianoli, A., Sharma, S., Grafakos, S., Shukla, P. R. and Garg, A. n.p. Integrated Assessment of Urban Climate Change Adaptation Measures. [report].

Sharma, S. 2012. Low Carbon Sustainable Urban Transport. M.Sc. Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

Shukla, P., Pangotra, P., Bazaz, A., Agarwal, P., Sharma, S. and Pathak, M. 2010. A Roadmap towards Low Carbon Ahmedabad 2050. [report] Ahmedabad: Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Kyoto University Japan, National Institute for Environmental Studies Japan, and Mizuho Information and Research Institute Japan.

Shukla, P., Agarwal, P., Sharma, S. and Pathak, M. 2009. Low Carbon Society Roadmap 2050: India. [report] Ahmedabad: Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Kyoto University Japan, National Institute for Environmental Studies Japan, Mizuho Information and Research Institute Japan.

Pangotra, P. and Sharma, S. 2005. "Modeling Travel Demand in a Metropolitan City - A Case Study of Bangalore, India", paper presented at International Conference on Operations Research Group, ICORD-V, ICORD, January. Jamshedpur.

Sharma, S. eds. 2004. Urban Best Practices Catalog 2002. Ahmedabad: ICMA, Ahmedabad.

Pangotra, P., Sharma, S., Chouhan, U., Modi, S., Ramchandani, J., Bhatt, P. and Patel, S. 2003. City Monitor 2002. Ahmedabad: Ahmedabad Management Association.