CRP Ph.D. Grad Receives Dissertation Award

September 22, 2014

Sudeshna Mitra (M.R.P. '07, Ph.D. CRP '13) was recently awarded the Gill-Chin Lim Award for the Best Dissertation on International Planning from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ASCP). The award recognizes superior scholarship in a doctoral dissertation completed by a student enrolled in an ACSP-member school, and is funded annually by the Consortium of Development Studies, an organization founded by Gill-Chin Lim in 1982. Mitra is currently a consultant at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements in Bangalore.

Mitra's dissertation, which was completed in 2013, is titled Cities of Desire: Remaking Urban India for the Information Technology Sector. Her committee was chaired by Susan Christopherson, professor and chair of CRP; Porus Olpadwala, professor emeritus of CRP and dean emeritus of AAP; and Philip McMichael, professor and chair of development sociology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Mitra will receive her award and present a paper based on her dissertation at the association meeting in October.

This is the second Gill-Chin Lim Award received by CRP graduates in recent years. Andrew Rumbach (M.R.P. '07, Ph.D. CRP '11), currently an assistant professor at the University of Colorado–Denver's College of Architecture and Planning, received the award in 2011.

By Rebecca Bowes

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