Sarbeswar Praharaj (Ph.D.) is the Associate Director (Data & Visualization) and Assistant Research Professor at the Knowledge Exchange for Resilience, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University (ASU). He is a Senior Global Futures Scientist at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory. He works closely with the PLUS Alliance Fellows across ASU, Kings College London, and UNSW Sydney, tackling global urbanization challenges with an aim to build smart, healthy, and accessible cities. Dr. Praharaj advances research in geospatial science, urban environments, and community resilience. He engages in research-led interactive teaching and learning pedagogies in urban planning and geographical science.
Most recognized among his works in the United States is the Economic Resilience Dashboard, which visualizes near-real-time data from different authorities to help understand how cities and counties in Arizona are tackling the economic crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. He led the development of a transformative approach to poverty measures through the Household Expenditure and Income Gap Highlighter Tool (HEIGHT). The research reveals the increasing gap between household income and living costs and identifies the neighborhoods and groups (race/ethnicity and women-headed households) most impacted by poverty for policy development. Dr. Praharaj designed the COVID-19 Mobility Analytics Platform, which tracks human mobility during the pandemic with direct data APIs from Apple, Google, and Descartes Labs. He built the Temperature Change Tracking Tool for cities in Maricopa County, visualizing 100 years of temperature data providing deep and historical insight on the urban heat phenomenon facing the desert cities.
Before joining ASU, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher and Manager of the City Analytics Lab at the City Futures Research Center, UNSW Sydney, Australia. While at UNSW, he was involved in developing 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 the Global Alliance of Technological Universities. He also facilitated Pune Smart City Living Lab’s setup 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 his Ph.D.
Dr. Praharaj has consulted for clients such as The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Cities Alliance, the Global Land & Tools Network, and Government of India during his tenure as the Project Manager at CEPT University Research and Development Foundation in India. He was appointed as the Assistant Professor and Head of the Urban Planning Department at LPU Punjab University in India. Sarbeswar completed two postgraduate master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Geography. He received his Ph.D. in Urban Development and Smart Cities from UNSW Sydney.
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
- Praharaj, S., & Wentz, E., (2022). Praharaj, S. and Wentz, E.: Building community resilience through geospatial information dashboards, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLVIII-4/W5-2022, 151–157, https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLVIII-4-W5-2022-151-2022.
- Praharaj, S., Kaur, H., & Wentz, E., (2022). The Spatial Association of Demographic and Population Health Characteristics with COVID‐19 Prevalence Across Districts in India. Geographical Analysis, Vol 0, 1-23. https://doi.org/10.1111/gean.12336
- Wang, C., Li, Z., Clay Mathews, M., Praharaj, S., Karna, B. and Solís, P., (2022). The spatial association of social vulnerability with COVID-19 prevalence in the contiguous United States. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, Vol 32(5), 1147–1154. doi: 10.1080/09603123.2020.1847258
- Das, I. and Praharaj, S. (2022) Public spaces under the smart cities paradigm in India, ISPRS Ann. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., X-4/W3-2022, 33–40, https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-annals-X-4-W3-2022-33-2022.
- Praharaj, S., & Han, H., (2021). Human mobility impacts on the surging incidence of COVID‐19 in India. Geographical Research, Vol 60(1), 18-28.https://doi.org/10.1111/1745-5871.12502
- Praharaj, S. (2021). Area-Based Urban Renewal Approach for Smart Cities Development in India: Challenges of Inclusion and Sustainability. Urban Planning, Vol 6(4), 202-215. https://doi.org/10.17645/up.v6i4.4484
- Leao, S.Z., van den Nouwelant, R., Shi, V., Han, H., Praharaj, S. and Pettit, C.J., (2021). A rapid analytics tool to map the effect of rezoning on property values. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 86, p.101572. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2020.101572
- Solís, P., Dasarathy, G., Turaga, P., Drake, A., Vora, K. J., Sajja, A., Praharaj, S... & Lattus, R., (2021). Understanding the Spatial Patchwork of Predictive Modeling of First Wave Pandemic Decisions by US Governors. Geographical Review, 1-24. https://doi.org/10.1080/00167428.2021.1947139
- Alic, D., Drummond, A., Praharaj, S., & Peacock, J., (2021). Leveraging the capabilities of sessional teachers in design education. International Journal of Design Education, 15(1), 131-143. 10.18848/2325-128X/CGP/V15I01/131-143
- Praharaj, S., King, D., Pettit, C., and Wentz, E., (2020). Using Aggregated Mobility Data to Measure the Effect of COVID-19 Policies on Mobility Changes in Sydney, London, Phoenix, and Pune. Transport Findings, October. https://doi.org/10.32866/001c.17590
- 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. 1-9. https://smartnet.niua.org/content/84503a60-1f2d-4d9c-9207-00b6523a8999
- 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ccs.2019.05.005
- Praharaj, S. and Han, H., (2019). Building a typology of the 100 smart cities in India. Smart and Sustainable Built Environment. Vol 8(5), 400-414. https://doi.org/10.1108/SASBE-04-2019-0056
- 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ccs.2017.06.004
- 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. Vol 13(2), 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, 1423-1432. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.305
- Hawken, S. and Praharaj, S., (2016). Leaders in Thought: Driving Urban Innovation. Australia and New Zealand Property Journal, vol. March Vol 5, 254 – 255. https://www.api.org.au/magazines/australia-and-new-zealand-property-journal/australia-and-new-zealand-property-journal-marc
- 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, Vol 18 (4), 93-112. DOI: 10.15027/33191
- Praharaj, S. (2022). 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, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-6415-1_7
- Praharaj, S. (2022). Analysing India’s smart cities mission from a sustainability perspective. In: Oleg, G. & Yenneti, K. (eds) Smart Cities, Energy, and Sustainability: Governing Cities to a Low-Carbon Future. WILEY-BLACKWELL. New York. ISBN13: 9781118640661
- 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. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-12180-8_4
- 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. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-6605-5_16
- 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. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-73293-0_15
- 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). NewDelhi https://www.krishisanskriti.org/vol_image/09Sep201509090323.pdf
- Praharaj, S. and Kaur, H., (2022). Towards a socially equitable approach to urban resilience assessment. Ecocity World Summit 2022 proceedings.
- 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. https://rsai.org.in/pages/proecding-of-the-12th-world-congress
- Harsimran, K., Rita, A. and 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 Re-Discovering Cities. Ambala, India: Indian Institute of Architects. https://store.whitefalconpublishing.com/products/proceedings-of-the-national-conference-re-discovering-cities
- Praharaj, S., (2014). Philosophies of Historic Spaces, its Traits, Congestion and Contestation: A Case of World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. In: Conference Proceeding: Planning Africa 2014 - Making Great Places (pp.545-557). 10.13140/RG.2.1.4535.0488
- Praharaj, S., (2014). Rejuvenation of Water Bodies (Kunds) and Restoring Active Community Spaces in The Cultural Capital of India: Varanasi. In: Neo-International Conference on Habitable Environments (pp. 459-470). Punjab, India: Indian Institute of Architects. https://www.amazon.in/Proceedings-Neo-international-Conference-Habitable-Environments/dp/1502808951
- Praharaj, S. and Singh, S.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. 10.13140/RG.2.1.2870.0244
- Praharaj, S., February 2022. HEIGHT Poverty Measure: Technical Documentation. Knowledge Exchange for Resilience, Arizona State University.
- Praharaj, S., Vaidya, H., July 2020. The Urban Dimension of COVID-19 in India : COVID Outbreak and Lessons for Future Cities. Smartnet. National Institute of Urban Affairs.
- Praharaj, S. and Han, H., Spet. 2020. A longitudinal study of the impact of human mobility on the incidence of COVID-19 in India. medRxiv. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.12.21.20248523
- Praharaj, S. & Pettit, C., June 2019. Report: Smart Strathfield Roadmap. City Futures Research Centre. UNSW Sydney.
- Praharaj, S., August 2019. A comprehensive analysis of the challenges and opportunities of the smart cities mission in India. Australia: UNSW Sydney. http://handle.unsw.edu.au/1959.4/61972
- Shi, Y., Praharaj, S., Pettit, C., January 2019. Rapid Analytics Interactive Scenario Explorer (RAISE): Tutorials and Case-Uses. City Futures Research Centre. UNSW Sydney.
- Praharaj, S. and Hawken, S. (2018). White Paper - A Knowledge Exchange Network for Australian and Indian Smart Cities. Smart Cities Research Cluster UNSW Sydney.
- Praharaj, S., Shah, J., Ghosh, D., Ray, S., Singh, P., Godha, K., & Bandyopadhyay, S. 2013. Knowledge Needs Assessment Study: Synthesis Report. World Bank & NIUA, New Delhi.
- Saswat, B., Sriporna, B., Praharaj, S. 2012. Comprehensive Development Plan for Puri-Konark Development Authority in the state of Odisha, India. http://pkdapuri.in/pdf/PKDA_vol1.pdf
Geospatial Tools & Community Planning Support Solutions
- Household Expenditure & Income Gap Highlighter Poverty Tool, https://resilience.asu.edu/HEIGHT-poverty-dashboard
- Arizona Economic Resilience Dashboard, https://resilience.asu.edu/economic-resilience-dashboard
- Temperature rise and heat vulnerability tool, https://resilience.asu.edu/temperature
- COVID-19 Mobility Analytics Platform, https://resilience.asu.edu/mobility
- Evictions and Foreclosures Mapping, https://resilience.asu.edu/evictions-dashboard
- COVID-19 Socio-economic Vulnerability Index in USA Counties, Link to the tool
- Racial Disparity in COVID-19 cases and fatalities in USA Counties, Link to the tool
- Rapid Analytics Interactive Scenario Explorer (RAISE) tool for property value capture modelling from rezoning and provision of new transit infrastructure. Link to tool
- Strathfield Council Smart City Dashboard, Link to Dashboard
- City Datastore for open data sharing and multi-agency data collaboration. Link here
Competitive Research Grants
- Principal Investigator (PI), “Gold Canyon Community Planning Study”, Pinal County AZ Board of Supervisors, 2022.
- Co-PI, “Community Capital Decision Support Dashboard Solution,” Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Service, 2022.
- A Framework to Measure Social and Economic Well-being from Smart Cities Infrastructure, Institute for Social Science Research, 2021.
- Chief Investigator (CI), Making Cities Safer for Women and Children with Smart Technology, Australia-Korea Foundation, 2018
- Recipient, Global Tech Fellowship Grant, Global Tech Alliance, 2017
- Chief Investigator (CI), A knowledge exchange network between Australian and Indian smart cities, Australia-India Council, 2016
- Recipient, Ph.D. Publication Grant, UNSW Sydney, 2019
- UNSW International Ph.D. scholarship, UNSW Sydney, 2015
- Junior Research Fellowship (JRF), Ministry of HRD Government of India, 2014
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Towards a socially equitable approach to urban resilience assessment, Eco-city World Summit 2022, 22-24 February 2022, TU Delft Rotterdam, Netherlands. Web Link
Designing Geospatial Information Dashboards as Decision-support Systems for Smart and Resilient Cities, UCGIS Symposium 2021: Advancing GIScience-informed Policy Solutions, 9 June 2021, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, Washington, D.C. Web Link
Deploying Geospatial Visualization Dashboards to Combat the Economic Impacts of COVID-19, International Symposium on Geospatial Approaches to Combating Covid-19, 13-14 December 2021, International Cartographic Association, Florence, Italy. Web Link
Modernizing City Planning with Big Data, 4th Neo-International Conference on Habitable Environments, 12-13 November 2021, Lovely Professional University and Indian Institute of Architects, India. Web Link
Smart analytics for shaping future cities, Part of Analytical, Environmental & Forensic Sciences Seminar, Kings College London, 20 August 2019, London, UK. Web Link
Leveraging big data and city analytics tool for shaping smart cities in Australia, Smart Cities Stakeholder Workshop, UNSW City Analytics Lab, 10 September 2019, Sydney. Web Link
Exploring Pune as Living Lab: Digital City, Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd., 5-6 July 2019. Pune, India. Web Link
Making cities safer for women and children with smart technology, UNSW Smart Cities Research Cluster, 29-30 April 2019, Sydney, Australia. Web Link
Smart cities technology global exchange and business opportunities, 3rd Smart Cities and Urban Transformation Forum, Hotel Windsor Melbourne, 24-26 October 2018, Melbourne. Web Link
A Sustainability Analytics Platform for Smart Policymaking in India, The 10th GRIHA Summit, India Habitat Centre, 11 – 13 December 2018, New Delhi, India. Web Link
City Anatomy – A Planning Decision-Support System for Smart Cities in India,12th World Congress of the RSAI: Spatial Systems, BITS Pilani KK Birla Goa Campus, 29 May – 1 June 2018, Goa. Web Link
Data and technologies for shaping smart cities, Smart City India 2018 Expo, Pragati Maidan, 23 May 2018, New Delhi. Web Link
Towards the right model of smart city governance. 9th International Conference on Sustainable Development & Planning, University of West England, 29 June 2017, Bristol. Web Link
How can cities become intelligent and responsive in the digital age? Institute of Town Planners India, 9 December 2017, Kolkata. Web Link
Smart cities technological applications in heritage management, Heritage and smart city fusion workshop, Gujarat Technological University, 27 November, Ahmedabad. Web Link
Cities of the Future - Global Fellows Program, Technical University of Munich, 24-28 July 2017, Munich. Web Link
Smart cities for a better tomorrow, Smart City Summit Raipur, VW Canyon, 24 May 2017, Raipur. Web Link
Towards collaborative Smart cities, Australia-India Smart Cities Knowledge Exchange Network Workshop, India Habitat Centre, 27 April 2017, New Delhi. Web Link
Evolving a Locally Appropriate Indicator System for Benchmarking Sustainable Smart Cities in India, Symposium on Sustainable Development Research in Asia-Pacific, RMIT University, 25 July 2017, Melbourne. Web Link
Global opportunities for local smart cities. Smart Cities and Informed Urbanisation Workshop, UNSW Sydney, 6 April 2017, Sydney. Web Link
Harnessing the Power of Open Data and Collaborative Governance for Smart Cities, Smart City Expo World Forum, International Convention Centre, 31 August 2017, Sydney. Web Link
Smart cities and urban innovation, VIVID Sydney – Smart Cities Workshop, The Concourse Civic Pavillion, 1 June 2016, Sydney. Web Link
Smart energy for smarter cities, Australia Utility Week, Australian Technology Park, 30 November 2016, Sydney. Web Link
Innovative Civic Engagement and Digital Urban Infrastructure: Lessons from 100 Smart Cities Mission in India, Sustainable Built Environment 2016 Sydney Conference, Australian Maritime Museum, 17 November 2016, Sydney. Web Link
FY2022 Merit Award for Teaching, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, ASU
SUN Award for Exemplary Research and Innovation, Knowledge Exchange for Resilience, ASU
Book Proposal Reviewer, Routledge, Taylor & Francis
Advisory Board Member, Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Journal Reviewer, Cities, Elsevier
Journal Reviewer, GeoJournal, Springer
Journal Reviewer, City, Culture and Society, Elsevier
Journal Reviewer, Journal of Planning Literature, SAGE
Journal Reviewer, Sustainability, MDPI
Journal Reviewer, Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, Emerald Publishing
Journal Reviewer, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis
Journal Reviewer, Progress in Planning, Elsevier
Journal Reviewer, International Journal of Urban Sciences, Taylor & Francis
Journal Reviewer, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, The Royal Society
Member - American Planning Association
Member - American Association of Geographers
Fellow - Institute of Town Planners India
Member of Urban Commission - International Geographical Union
2020 - present, Assistant Research Professor - School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Associate Director - Knowledge Exchange for Resilience, Senior Global Futures Scientist - Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory, Arizona State University
2016 - 2020, Postdoctoral researcher and Manager of City Analytics Lab, Sessional Academic - Faculty of Built Environment, Associate and Grant Project Coordinator - Smart Cities Research Cluster, UNSW Sydney
2014 - 2015, Research Fellow - Future of Cities, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
2012 - 2014, Assistant Professor and Head, Urban Planning Department, LPU University
2011 - 2012, Research Fellow and Project Manager, CEPT University