Ritu George Kaliaden

Architect, M.Sc. International Cooperation and Urban Development

PhD Candidate

Phone +49 3581 7924794

Research Interests

  • Urban development in Europe and South Asia
  • Socio-spatial urban landscapes
  • Temporary urbanism
  • Migration studies

Professional Experiences

seit 2018

PhD candidate at IOER / Interdisciplinary Centre for Ecological and Revitalizing Urban Transformation (IZS)


Senior Researcher at Sattva Consulting, Bangalore


Programme Manager at The/Nudge Foundation, Bangalore


Project Manager at Knight Frank Property Services Pvt Ltd, Bangalore


Research Associate at Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, Bangalore


Senior Architect, Larsen and Toubro ECC Ltd, Chennai

Academic training


MSc in International Cooperation and Urban Development at Technische Universität Darmstadt and UPMF Grenoble
Masters Thesis: Informal Temporal Spaces - a study of the social production of temporary urban space typologies among the homeless in Old Delhi, India


Bachelor of Architecture at College of Engineering, Trivandrum
Undergraduate dissertation: Cultural Influences on Built Form – a study of the 16th century Syrian Christian settlement at Kunnamkulam, Kerala, India

Projects before the IOER

Private Philanthropy in India (at Sattva Consulting) - Study of the landscape of private philanthropy in India undertaken in partnership with OECD

State Development Profiles (at Sattva Consulting) - Series of research papers on the status of development across states in India, in cooperation with EdelGive Foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

life/guard (at The/Nudge Foundation) - Programme to develop and provide social safety-nets and livelihood support to incoming rural migrants in Indian cities

Janaagraha-Brown Citizenship Index (at Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy) - Joint research initiative undertaken in partnership with Brown University, USA to measure the quality of
citizenship in Bangalore, India.

Publications before IOER

List of selected Publications