Researching the politics of development



Sundar Burra



Sundar is a former advisor for the Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC).


He is working on ESID’s urban poverty project, focusing on the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) project in India.

ESID publications

Burra, S., Mitlin, D. and Menon, G. with Agarwal, I., Banarse, P., Gimonkar, S., Lobo, M., Patel, S., Rao, V. and Waghmare, M. (2018). ‘Understanding the contribution of the BSUP (JNNURM) to inclusive cities in India‘, ESID Working Paper No. 97, Manchester.

Other roles

Sundar is a former IAS officer. He is also interested in the residential, occupational and social vulnerabilities of the urban poor.

Further information

Visit SPARC’s website.
Watch Sundar discussing the importance of academic research for NGOs.

Sundar Burra explains why academic research is important for NGOs from BWPI on Vimeo.