The Rajiv Awas Yojana, in its call for a “slum-free India” begins from the recognition of the right of the poor to be in the city. RAY calls for slums to be brought into the formal system with an upgrading of basic amenities; the redressal of “the failures of the formal system that lie behind the creation of slums;” and the need to address the problem of urban land and affordable housing for the poor. This conference seeks thus to address the critical question of urban poverty, to create better, sustainable habitats for those who currently live in slums, and to think about new systems of urban governance, that can tackle the challenge of urbanization.

We invite speakers to consider what sorts of economic, social, political and cultural issues must be considered as we think about the so-called end of slums.

Conference Participants

University of California at Berkeley Other Institutions 
  • Ashok Bardhan (Real Estate & Urban Economics)
  • Pranab Bardhan (Economics)
  • Teresa Caldeira (City & Regional Planning)
  • Vikram Chandra (English)
  • Alain de Janvry (Public Policy)
  • Alison Post (Political Science)
  • Isha Ray (Energy & Resources Group)
  • Raka Ray (Sociology)
  • Ananya Roy (City & Regional Planning and Global Metropolitan Studies)
  • Amita Baviskar (Institute of Economic Growth)
  • Gautam Bhan (Indian Institute for Human Settlements)
  • Matias Echanove (
  • Amitabh Kundu (Centre for the Study of Regional Development)
  • Om Mathur (National Institute of Urban Affairs)
  • Partha Mukhopadhyay (Center for Policy Research)
  • Malini Ranganathan (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign)
  • K.C. Sivaramakrishnan (Center for Policy Research)
  • Rahul Srivastava (
  • Ravi Sundaram (Center for the Study of Developing Societies)
  • Paromita Vohra (Filmmaker. Director of "Q2P")

Conference sponsors: Center for South Asia StudiesGlobal Metropolitan Studies, and the Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Kanwal & Ann Rekhi Foundation