Kumar, Sunil

Dr Sunil Kumar  


Position held



Experience keywords:

NGO; South Asia; Sub-Saharan Africa; comparative urban housing policies; construction labour; developing countries; human settlement development; human settlement planning; low income housing processes; low income private landlords; participation; skills development; social development; social housing; social policy; urban politics; urban poverty

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My key research interests are related to urban poverty and urban housing in South Asia. I am also interested in the informal and formal institutions that act as an interface between these two aspects. Most recent expertise relates to housing tenure in India.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Asia; South Asia; Sub-Sarahan Africa


Hindi [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 955 6195

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Kumar, Sunil and Fernández, Melissa (2016) The urbanisation-construction-migration nexus (UCMnSA) in 5 cities in South Asia LSE Enterprise, London, UK.


Kumar, Sunil and Fernández, Melissa (2015) Urbanisation-construction-migration nexus | 5 cities | South Asia LSE Enterprise, London, UK.


Kumar, Sunil and Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa and Nikoloski, Zlatko (2014) New LSE research project: South Asia’s urbanisation-migration nexus South Asia @ LSE (14 Apr 2014) blog



Padel, Ruth and Kumar, Sunil and Broadbent, Stefana (2012) The Forum: what does home means to us? BBC World Service


Kumar, Sunil (2011) The research-policy dialectic: a critical reflection on the virility of landlord-tenant research and the impotence of housing policy formulation in the urban Global South City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action, 16 (5). 662-673. ISSN 1360-4813


Kumar, Sunil (2010) Savings and loan associations In: Anheier, Helmut K. and Toepler, Stefan, (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Civil Society. Springer, New York, USA, 1346-1349. ISBN 9780387939964

Kumar, Sunil (2010) Gender, livelihoods and rental housing markets in the Global South: the urban poor as landlords and tenants In: Chant, Sylvia, (ed.) The International Handbook of Gender and Poverty: Concepts, Research and Policy. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, UK, 367-372. ISBN 9781848443341


Kumar, Sunil (2008) Global housing policy shifts In: Yeates, Nicola, (ed.) Understanding Global Social Policy. Understanding welfare: social issues, policy and practice series. Policy Press, 179-205. ISBN 9781861349446

Kumar, Sunil (2008) Urban housing policy and practice in the developing world In: Colby, Ira C. and Sowers, Karen and Dulmus, Catherine N., (eds.) Comprehensive Handbook of Social Work and Social Welfare: Social Policy and Policy Practice. Wiley, New Jersey, USA, 249-294. ISBN 9780471769989


Kumar, Sunil and Li, Bingqin (2007) Urban labour market changes and social protection for urban informal workers: challenges for China and India In: Wu, Fulong, (ed.) China's Emerging Cities: the Making of New Urbanism. Contemporary China series. Routledge, London, UK, 109-125. ISBN 9780415416177


Kumar, Sunil (2005) Room for manoeuvre: tenure and the urban poor in India In: Hamdi, Nabeel and Handal, Jane, (eds.) Urban Futures: Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction. Intermediate Technology Development Group, London, UK, 109-124. ISBN 1853395994


Kumar, Sunil (2002) Round pegs and square holes: mismatches between poverty and housing policy in urban India In: Townsend, Peter and Gordon, David, (eds.) World Poverty: New Policies to Defeat an Old Enemy. Studies in poverty, inequality and social exclusion series. The Policy Press, London, 271-296. ISBN 9781861343956


Kumar, Sunil (2001) Embedded tenures: private renting and housing policy in Surat, India Housing Studies, 16 (4). 425-442. ISSN 0267-3037

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