Zaheb Ahmad

Zaheb’s work explores governance and institutions in the context of digital transformations and urban sustainability. Most recently, he has worked on setting up India's first Urban Living Lab in Panaji - a platform to design, test and fine-tune socio-technical innovation in urban spaces - seen as an experimental governance approach to tackle persistent urban challenges through participation from a diverse set of stakeholders. Zaheb is interested in exploring the structural effects of digitalization on society and the environment, specifically, issues related to agency, equity and environmental costs. Zaheb holds an LL.M with specialisation in Environmental Law from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and B.L.S, LL.B from Government Law College, University of Mumbai.

#Cycles4Change: Barriers to a carbon-neutral future
We have been conducting surveys in Panaji to understand barriers to low-cost mobility interventions and to understand citizen’s perceptions around such proposals.
Reimagining the governance of the Western Ghats
The ecological significance of the Western Ghats and its complex governance challenges
Urban Living Labs: a new wave of experimental governance
Panaji is home to India’s first Urban Living Lab, set up by Transitions Research, Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Limited, Oxford Policy Management and The Resources and Energy Institute. This blog details what urban living labs are and why they are significant in the context of Indian cities.
Book Review: The Smart Enough City
Amidst the cacophony surrounding smart cities, cities could do just fine being ‘smart enough’