Lubaina Rangwala

Managing Associate, Climate Resilience


Lubaina is a Managing Associate in the Climate Resilience Practice at WRI India. She is currently leading the urban resilience work at the WRI India’s Sustainable Cities Centre, focusing on issues of urban poverty and livelihood protection as a means to build resilience in vulnerable communities in Indian cities. Her research takes up a community based approach to identify knowledge gaps and build resilience at individual, community and city levels. Her current project focuses on the simultaneous impacts of climate change and urbanization on the livelihoods of coastal peri-urban communities living on the outskirts of Mumbai.

Lubaina works out of the Mumbai office. She started out as an associate – Cities and Transport and has coordinated projects on land use and transport integration in areas adjoining transit nodes within Mumbai. She contributed to developing off-street parking reforms within station areas in Mumbai, providing key inputs into the Mumbai Development Plan. Additionally, she has co-authored EMBAQ India’s Safe Access Manual Volume 1: Safe Access to Mass Transit Stations in Indian Cities, a compilation showcasing the emerging work around safe and secure access to mass transit in India.

Lubaina, is an Architect and Urban Planner from Mumbai. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai, India and a Dual Master’s degree in Architecture and City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. Her concentration has been in housing and community development with a strong focus on issues of urban poverty. Prior to WRI India, she worked with the research and design cells at the Kamla Raheja Vidhyanidhi Institute for Architecture (KRVIA) on urban planning projects in Mumbai. She has over five years of work experience in the urban realm, as a researcher and a teacher, in institutions in India and the United States.


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