Riya Rahiman leads policy research at the Centre for Urban Planning and Governance in Transport & Urban Governance Division at TERI. An urban environmental planner and civil engineer by training, she has around eight years of experience of working on urbanization challenges with respect to climate change adaptation and mitigation. Her expertise focuses on research and policy analyses to inform regulations and institutional mechanisms to foster climate resilient, low carbon, smart and sustainable urban development and supporting city governments through capacity building and technical assistance required for achieving sustainable, smart, low carbon, resilient and liveable cities. At TERI, she is engaged in research on mainstreaming urban climate resilience in planning, policy and practice, preparing climate resilience city/infrastructure strategies through risk and vulnerability assessments and designing ecosystem-based solutions, integrating energy smartness in cities and strengthening non-state climate action in global south.
She was involved with developing policy roadmaps for state urban climate resilience policy for Goa and Uttarakhand and preparing the smart city proposal for Dharmashala city, under Government of India’s 100 Smart Cities Mission. Her role allows her to work with policy makers, city level officials, urban practitioners, young research professionals and students alike. Being extensively engaged in research and management projects undertaken for various national/international agencies, she has a nuanced understanding of the urbanization challenges in the context of climate change at both national and international level.