Somesh Sharma

Expert, Environment and Sustainable Development Planning

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Somesh is working as an academic staff with the ‘Managing and Financing Urban Infrastructure (MFUI)’ group at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is involved in teaching, research, advisory and designing tailor made training programs. He also offer courses at the Faculty of Social Works, Erasmus University and at the Erasmus College, Rotterdam. He is in-charge of the 3-months post graduate diploma course on ‘Urban Management and Development Theories (UMDT)’. He is also the coordinator for the professional training program on ‘Green Cities for Eco-efficiency’. 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).

His educational qualifications include Bachelor in Civil Engineering, Masters’ in Urban Planning and Masters’ in Urban Management and Development. His main areas of focus are sustainable urban transport, environmental planning and policy, green and smart infrastructure, and climate change adaptation and mitigation planning. He specializes in designing decision support systems for urban management and governance. He has developed Sustainable Benefits Assessment Methodology (SBA), Travel Demand Forecasting Model, Transport Emission Estimation Model, Integrated Model for Low-cost Sustainable Transport Planning, and web-based decision support system for Climate Change and Variability Assessment. In addition to environment and climate change he has a working experience in the areas of urban governance, municipal finance, urban management, performance measurement, and management information systems. Somesh is an expert on Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems (RS and GIS) and has developed several applications of GIS applied in climate change impact assessment, vulnerability assessment, national and local level policy making, land-use planning and sustainable development planning. He also has an experience in education, training, and conducting tailor made capacity building programmes related to his areas of work.

In his professional carrier he has worked on several advisory and capacity building assignments. Some of his key assignments include – developing 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 Internationalisation 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.

Publications

Birago, D., Mensah, S. O. and Sharma, S. 2016. Level of service delivery of public transport and mode choice in Accra, GhanaTransportation Research Part F, pp. 1-17