Geetika Anand

Geetika Anand

Teaching Assistant | PhD Candidate



Trained in Urban Planning, Social Policy, and Urban Studies, Geetika Anand has over 17 years of experience in the urban development sector spanning across master plans, planning legislation, planning education, housing, water and sanitation. She has worked with various government agencies, education institutions, NGOs, CBOs, and urban residents in India, and over the last five years, in South Africa.

Working with the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) since 2010, Geetika is now an external consultant at IIHS, contributing to planning practice and research projects, as well as supporting capacity building initiatives of the Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme (TNUSSP). With a special interest in field-based learning, she has been part of studio faculty at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi; IIHS, Bangalore; and the African Centre for Cities (ACC), Cape Town.

Geetika facilitates City Research Studio I of the MPhil in Southern Urbanism at the ACC. As a doctoral researcher at the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town, she is currently working towards developing ‘biographies of urban practice’, making visible practitioners’ capacity and knowledge for spatial transformation in South African cities.




Book chapters

  • Anand, G., Oldfield, S., and Selmeczi, A. (2023). Becoming ‘Unlawful’: Homeownership, housing bureaucracy, and the production of precarity in Eastridge, Cape Town. In M, Rubin., S, Charlton. and N, Klug. (eds.) Housing in African cities: A lens on urban governance. New York: Springer. 
  • Anand, G., and Dutta, N. (2022). In a state of flux: Urban planning programmes in Asia and Africa. In: G A Gebregiorgis, S Greiving, A H Namangaya and W Kombe (eds.) Planning Cities in Africa. The Urban Book Series. Springer, Cham. DOI:
  • Oldfield, S., Anand, G. and Viviers, A (eds). (2020). Present and Visible: Napier Settlement and its Stories. Cape Town: African Centre for Cities. Available at:  
  • Anand, G., Wankhade, K. and Raman, R.K. (2016). Tracing Exclusions in Urban Water Supply and Sanitation. In: India Exclusion Report 2015. New Delhi: Centre for Equity Studies.
  • Bhan, G., Anand, G., Arakali, A., Deb, A. and Harish, S. (2014). Urban Housing and Exclusion. In: India Exclusion Report 2013-14. New Delhi: Centre for Equity Studies.


Journal articles

  • Anand, G. (2023). Practicing within and beyond planning: narratives of practitioners from South Africa. Planning Practice & Research. DOI:
  • Anand, G. (2023). In the meanwhile or as a gamble: juxtaposing incremental building in informal settlements of Cape Town and Delhi. City 27(1-2): 232–246. DOI:
  • Levy, C., Osuteye, E. and Anand, G. (2022). Special Issue: Urban Inequality and COVID-19: The Crisis at the Heart of the Pandemic. Urbanisation, Volume 7, Issue 1.
  • Sami, N., Lall, R., Anand, G. and Anand, S. (2022). Rethinking planning education for urban equality: higher education as a site for change. Environment & Urbanization 34(2): 413–429. DOI:
  • Levy, C., Osuteye, E. and Anand, G. (2022). Urban inequality and COVID-19: The crisis at the heart of the pandemic. Urbanisation 7(1): 7–16. DOI: 
  • Wesely, J., Lall R., Dutta, N., Anand, G. and Allen, A. (2022). How do we learn now? Pluralising urban pedagogies in the COVID-19 pandemic. Urbanisation 7(1): 87–98. DOI:
  • Anand, G., Lall, R., Wesely, J., and Allen, A. (2021). One amongst many: Higher education institutions in an ecosystem of urban pedagogies. Educação & Realidade 46(4). DOI:
  • David, S., Arfvidsson, H., Anand, G., Bazaz, A., Fenna, G., Foster, K., Jain, G., Hansson, S., Evans, L.M., Moodley, N., Nyambuga, C., Oloko, M., Ombara, D.C., Patel, Z., Perry, B., Primo, N., Revi, A., van Niekerk, B., Wharton, A. and Wright, C. (2016). Developing and testing the Urban Sustainable Development Goal’s targets and indicators–a five-city study. Environment and Urbanization 28(1): 49–63. DOI:


Other outputs

  • Anand, G. (2023), From week zero to six, and beyond: Annotated timeline of a collaborative city research studio in Cape Town. GeoAgenda 2023/2: 18–23.
  • Nkula-Wenz, L., Anand, G. and Selmeczi, A. (2023) Three reflections on developing collaborative pedagogies. GeoAgenda 2023/2: 24–25.
  • Anand, G. (2020). A Place to Live: Incremental Building and its Logics in Informal Settlements of Cape Town and Delhi. MPhil Thesis. University of Cape Town. Awarded Outstanding Masters Dissertation by Coursework in 2020 by the Society of South African Geographers.
  • Anand, G. (2017). Planning, ‘Violations,’ and Urban Inclusion: A Study of Ranchi. New Delhi: YUVA and IIHS. DOI:
  • Anand, G. and Deb, A. (2017). Planning, ‘Violations,’ and Urban Inclusion: A Study of Bhubaneswar. New Delhi: YUVA and IIHS. DOI:
  • Anand, G. and Rao, P. (2016). Development Control Regulations and Urban Form: Exploring the Linkages. IIHS Case No 1-0020. Bengaluru: Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • Anand, G. and Vishnu, M.J. (2016). Urban India flushes toilet waste – directly or indirectly – into its water bodies. India Water Portal. Available at:
  • Jana, A., Malladi, T., Anand, G., Wankhade, K., Vishnu, M.J., Mohan., Raju, J.S. and Rao, P. (2015). Urban Water Supply and Sanitation. In: Revi A (ed) Urban India 2015: Evidence. Bengaluru: Indian Institute for Human Settlements. DOI:
  • Wankhade, K. and Anand, G. (2014). Sustainable Water and Sanitation in India: Review of a National Programme. Briefing Paper, 37th WEDC International Conference Proceedings. Bhan, G., Anand, G. and Harish, S. (2014). Policy Approaches to Affordable Housing in Urban India. Bengaluru: Indian Institute for Human Settlements. DOI:
  • Revi, A., Idicheria, C.E., Jain, G., Anand, G., Sudhira, H.S., Seddon, J., Wankhade, K., Rashmi, M.K., Shetty, P.J., Dhoble, R., Gowda, S.V., Anand, S. and Srinivasan, S. (2011). Urban India 2011: Evidence. Bengaluru: Indian Institute for Human Settlements. DOI: