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Jyoti Hosagrahar


Jyoti Hosagrahar is Deputy Director for the World Heritage Centre at UNESCO.

Among her responsibilities, she leads the implementation of the 2011 Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape , the World Heritage Cities Programme, Climate Action and World Heritage, World Heritage and Sustainable Development,  the Modern Heritage Programme, and the International Assistance Programme of the World Heritage Fund in addition to the development and implementation of the UNESCO Culture|2030 Indicators, Thematic Indicators for Culture in the Sustainable Development Goals across the Culture Sector. From May 2016-November 2018, she served as Director of the Division for Creativity at UNESCO.

Prior to joining UNESCO, she was a professor and Director of the SUI Lab at GSAPP, Columbia University, New York; UNESCO Chair in Culture, Habitat, and Sustainable Development at Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology in Bangalore, India where she was also Chair of the Ph.D. program; and Founder-Director of Sustainable Urbanism International (SUI), an NGO in Bangalore, India. She has authored, Indigenous Modernities: Negotiating Architecture and Urbanism (Routledge) and more than 80 papers and monographs. She has a Ph.D in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of California, Berkeley.