Sarbeswar Praharaj

Assistant Research Professor
Knowledge Exchange for Resilience

Tempe Campus

"Sarbeswar Praharaj, PhD, is an Assistant Research Professor at the Knowledge Exchange for Resilience, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University, USA. Funded by a generous grant from the Virginia G. Piper Trust, KER links university-wide research expertise and innovations to multi-sector community needs in order to build urban resilience. Dr Praharaj engages in research for KER in the areas of City Analytics, Data Visualization and Resilience Dashboards, and community-facing data exchange solutions.

Prior to joining ASU, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher and Manager of the City Analytics Lab at the Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW Sydney, Australia. While at UNSW, he was involved in the development of Australia's ground-breaking data-driven property valuation tool - RAISE, and authored the Strathfield Smart City Roadmap for the Sydney Council. Dr Praharaj established and coordinated the Australia-India Smart Cities Knowledge Exchange Network and was designated as a Global Tech Fellow for spearheading research collaboration with the member institutions of Global Alliance of Technological Universities. He also facilitated the setting up of Pune Smart City Living Lab through a tr-university partnership between ASU, Kings College London and UNSW Sydney, as part of the PLUS Alliance network. Sarbeswar has received competitive grant funding from the Australia-India Council and Australia-Kora Foundation, and was awarded the UNSW International Postgraduate Research Scholarship for hid PhD.

Dr Praharaj has consulted for clients such as The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Cities Alliance, the Global Land and Tools Network, and Government of India while his tenure as the Project Manager at CEPT University Research and Development Foundation in India. He was also appointed as the Assistant Professor and Head of Urban Planning Department at LPU Punjab University in India. Sarbeswar received his PhD in Smart Cities From UNSW Sydney and holds two Master Degrees in Urban Planning and Geography."

2015 - 2019 PhD in Urban Planning and Smart Cities, UNSW Sydney

2009 - 2011 Master of Urban Planning (Housing), CEPT University

2006 - 2008 Master of Science in Geography, University of Calcutta

2003 - 2006 Bachelor of Science in Geography, University of Calcutta


Journal Papers

Praharaj, S., Vaidya, H. (2020). The Urban Dimension of COVID-19 in India: COVID Outbreak and Lessons for Future Cities. Smartnet. National Institute of Urban Affairs. Pages 1-9.
Praharaj, S., Han, H. (2019). Cutting through the clutter of smart city definitions: A reading into the smart city perceptions in India. City Culture and Society. Volume 18.
Praharaj, S. and Han, H. (2019). Building a typology of the 100 smart cities in India. Smart and Sustainable Built Environment. Volume 8, No. 5, Pages 400-414.
Praharaj, S., Han, H., Hawken, S. (2018). Urban innovation through policy integration: Critical perspectives from 100 Smart Cities Mission in India. City Culture and Society, Volume 12, Pages 35-43.
Praharaj, S., Han, H., Hawken, S. (2018). Towards the Right Model of Smart City Governance in India. Int. J. Sus. Dev. Plann, WIT Press, UK. Volume 13, No 2, Pages 171-186. 10.2495/SDP-V13-N2-171-186
Praharaj, S., Han, H. and Hawken, S. (2017). Innovative civic engagement and digital urban infrastructure: Lessons from 100 Smart Cities Mission in India. Procedia Engineering, Volume 180, Pages 1423-1432.
Hawken, S. and Praharaj, S. (2016). Leaders in Thought: Driving Urban Innovation. Australia and New Zealand Property Journal, vol. March Vol 5, Pages 254 – 255.
Acharya, S., Bandyopadhyay, S. and Praharaj, S. (2012). Carbon Intensive Urbanization, Climate Variability and Urban Vulnerabilities in Hill Areas: A Case of Gangtok Urban Region, Sikkim, Journal of International Development and Co-operation, Volume 18, Issue 4, Pages 93-112. DOI: 10.15027/33191
Papers under review

Leao, SZ., van den Nouwelant R, Shi, Y., Han, H., Praharaj, S., Pettit C. (under peer-review 2020). A rapid analytics tool to map the effect of rezoning on property values. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems
Hawken, S., Praharaj, S. (under peer-review 2020). African Urbanism Vis-à-vis Digital Start-up Culture and Smart Cities: A Process-Based Approach to Smart City Development. Journal of Urban Affairs
Drummond, A., Praharaj, S., Djilik, D. (under peer-review 2020). Digitally upskilling the next generation of design and infrastructure development educators. The International Journal of Art and Design Education
Book Chapters

Praharaj, S. (2020). Development Challenges of the Big Data Command and Control Centres for Smart Cities in India. In: Biloria N. (eds) Data-driven Multivalence in the Built Environment (pp. 75-90). Springer, Cham.
Praharaj, S., Bandyopadhyay, S. (2020). Understanding the Open Data Challenge for Building Smart Cities in India. In: Hawken S., Han H., Pettit C. (eds) Open Cities Open Data: collaborative cities in the information era (pp 359-382). Palgrave Macmillan - Springer, Cham.
Praharaj, S., Han, H., Hawken, S. (2018). Evolving a Locally Appropriate Indicator System for Benchmarking Sustainable Smart Cities in India. In: Leal Filho W., Rogers J., Iyer-Raniga U. (eds) Sustainable Development Research in the Asia-Pacific Region (pp. 253-274). World Sustainability Series. Springer, Cham.
Praharaj, S. (2014). Conservation and urban renewal as a base for sustainable development in historic cities: A case of Varanasi. In: Mishra, C.G. (eds) Sustainable Constructivism: Traditional vis-à-vis Modern Architecture (pp. 167-174). Excellent Publishing House, New Delhi.
Praharaj, S. (under review 2020). Re-connecting Communities with Public Spaces: A Proposal for Rejuvenation of Sacred kunds in the Historic city of Varanasi, India, In: Dahiya B., Singh, R. (eds) Contemporary Cultural Geographies: Contexts, Forms and Practices. Springer, Cham.
Conference Papers

Praharaj, S. (2018). City Anatomy – A planning decision-support dashboard for Smart Cities in India. In: Proceedings | 12th World Congress of the RSAI 2018 (pp. 298-307). Goa, India: Regional Science Association International.
Harsimran, K., Rita, A., Praharaj, S. (2015). Revitalization of the Historic Urban Quarters and Upgrading Tourism Economy in the Walled City of Diu, India. In: Proceedings of the National Conference on Rediscovering Cities (pp. 1-9). Ambala, India: Indian Institute of Architects.
Praharaj, S. (2014). Philosophies of Historic Spaces, its Traits, Congestion and Contestation: A Case of World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. In: Conference Proceedings: Planning Africa 2014 - Making Great Places (pp. 545-557). Durban, South Africa: South African Planning Institute.
Praharaj, S. (2014). Rejuvenation of water bodies and restoring active community spaces in the cultural capital of India: Varanasi, India. In: Bagha, S & Singla, A. (eds) Proceedings of the Neo-International Conference on Habitable Environments (pp. 459-470), Punjab, India: Indian Institute of Architects.
Praharaj, S. and Singh, S. (2013). Philosophies of community spaces, its traits, congestion and contestation: A case of Kathmandu city. In: International Symposium on Meanings and Aesthetics in Asian Cultural Landscape. Seoul, South Korea: Asian Cultural Landscape Association

Expertise Areas

Urban Studies

Spatial Analytics and Smart Cities

Data Visualization

Complex Systems


International Education and Development