Somesh Sharma

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Somesh Sharma

Specialist in Environment and Sustainable Development Planning, PhD Candidate

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Somesh is a member of the Urban Sustainability and Climate Change Resilience Department at IHS, and he is involved in teaching, research, advisory and designing tailor-made training programs. He is in charge of the 3-months postgraduate diploma course on ‘Urban Management: Good Governance in Complex Contemporary Cities’, 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 developing (in-campus and online) higher education programs. Somesh has worked on several capacity building and advisory assignments. Some of his key projects 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 performance measurement and management information systems. Somesh also has wide expertise 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).

Sharma, S. (2024). Benefits of AI: A multistakeholder responsibility. Futures, 157, 103328, (First online 24 January 2024).
Srivastava, A. K., Bagauli, S. and Sharma, S. (2024). Issues and innovation in urban India to make cities sustainable, resilient, and liveable, in: A. K Srivastava and I A. Srivastava (Eds.), Administration in India: Challenges and innovations. (Routledge studies in South Asian politics). Abingdon: Routledge, (pp.134-147).
Gianoli, A., Sharma, S. and Kibret, G. G. (2020). The management of green spaces in Addis Ababa in the context of climate change. In J. A. Daniels (Ed.), Advances in environmental research : volume 74 (Advances in environmental research) (pp. 103-130). New York: Nova Science Publishers.
Sharma, T., Legarda, R. and Sharma, S. (2020). Assessing trends of digital divide within digital services in New York city. In T. Ahram, R. Taiar, S. Colson and A. Choplin (Eds.) Human interaction and emerging technologies : Proceedings of the 1st International conference on Human Interaction and Emerging Technologies (IHIET 2019), August 22-24, 2019, Nice, France (Advances in intelligent systems and computers ; 1018) (pp. 682-687). Cham: Springer Nature,
Birago, D., Mensah, O.H., and Sharma, S. (2017). Level of service delivery of public transport and mode choice in Accra, Ghana. Transportation Research Part F : Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 46(Part B), 284-300. (First online 01 November 2016)
Sharma, S. and Geerlings. H. (2017). Sustainability benefits assessment in urban transport project appraisal : a new method of transport project appraisal In A. Bisello, D. Vettorato, R. Stephens and p. Elisei (Eds.) Smart and sustainable planning for cities and regions : results of SSPCR 2015 (Green energy and technology) (pp 185-203). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
Sharma, S. and H. Geerlings (2017). Transition towards sustainable mobility : opportunities and challenges for sustainability benefits assessment in decision making. In M. P van Dijk, J. Edelenbos and K van Rooijen (Eds.) Urban governance in the realm of complexity (pp. 285-305). Rugby: Practical Action Publishing.
Sharma, S. (2012). Integrated methodology for low carbon sustainable urban transport : a case study of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. [Master’s thesis, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)] RePub, Erasmus University Repository.
Shukla, P., Pangotra, P., Bazaz, A., Agarwal, P., Sharma, S. and Pathak, M. (2010). A Roadmap towards low carbon Ahmedabad 2050. 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. 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 : case study of Bangalore, India [paper presented at International Conference on Operations Research Group, ICORD-V, ICORD, January, Jamshedpur].

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