Urban Ecological Planning / Urban Development and Resilience


Staff - associates

Rolee Aranya 
Rolee Aranya is a Professor at the Department of Architecture and Planning. Her research interests include relational studies of poverty and informality, globalization and urban restructuring and governance as a form for organization in planning and urban development. She has been program leader for the Master program in Urban Ecological Planning till Autumn 2014 and continues as the Program Leader for the Master’s program in Sustainable Urban Transitions.

Peter Andreas Gotsch
Professor Dr. Peter Andreas Gotsch is the academic programme director of the Urban Ecological Planning at NTNU’s Department of Architecture and Planning.
He is an urban planner and architect, graduated from Columbia University, USA, and RWTH Aachen University in Germany.  His experience ranges from lead urban expert and regular consultant to UN-Habitat, the World Bank, GIZ and Misereor/KZE and to multiple local and national governments, having completed more than thirty missions to more than twenty countries.
Former Professor of Design and Urban Development and interim chair of the Mundus Urbano Programme on International Cooperation and Urban Development at the TU (Technical University) Darmstadt, Germany.
Ex-coordinator of the project U-CARE – Urban Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa: It's impact, Coping Strategies and Peace Building (VW Foundation, Germany) and SHAKTI – Sustainable Holistic Approach and Know-How Tailored to India (BMBF, Germany).
Research focus on new planning approaches, the research-policy nexus, innovation at grassroot level, social housing, urban safety, public space and place-making, cities and migration, co-production of space by new urban actors, scenario planning methods and comparative research approaches.
Author of various publications and policy reports and regular key-note speaker, guest lecturer and host of multiple conferences and events related planning and urbanization in the global South.
Co-editor of the Trialog-Journal and part of the scientific board of the N-AERUS network.

Cinthia Freire Stecchini
Cinthia Freire Stecchini is Research Assistant for the UEP program, where she supports the program coordination in implementing activities and helps with teaching. She holds a bachelor’s degree both in Psychology (University of São Paulo, Brazil, 2011) and in Architecture and Urbanism (Centro Universitário Moura Lacerda, Brazil, 2016), and recently graduated from the UEP program (2017-2019). Her main interest for research and practice is housing, in its multiple dimensions, and the inclusion of vulnerable and marginalized groups. She has experience working with informal settlements (favelas) in Brazil through engaging with non-governmental and civil society organizations.

Riny Sharma
Riny Sharma is Teaching/Research Assistant for the UEP program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal (India) and a master’s in UEP from NTNU (2013-15). She has worked closely with displaced rural communities in Central India and low-income urban communities in Uganda, highlighting livelihood and housing interventions in local contexts. She has carried out intensive fieldwork in Ladakh, India, where she applied the learnings from UEP in the field of education and learning and how it relates with livelihoods in a community, in the local context. She has also worked in the field of citizen participation and urban governance with a non-profit organization in Bangalore, India.


Mrudhula Koshy
Mrudhula Koshy is a PhD research fellow working on themes in uncertainty and contingency planning. Mrudhula is from India but grew up in Qatar. After her bachelors’ education in architecture and urban design in India, she completed her postmasters in urbanism from The Netherlands (TU Delft) and Italy (IUAV).  At NTNU, she uses her multi-cultural background for a nuanced and exploratory research of diverse spatial contexts, cultures and social groups to develop flexible and adaptive frameworks for global urban issues.  Her core interests lie in developing context-based, multi-scalar strategies and methodologies for complex spatial research and design themes to address structural ambiguities and urgencies especially in the global south.

Elena Archipovaite

Hans Christie Bjønness 

Cathrine Brun 

Paul Currion

Nabeel Hamdi

Rohit Jigvasu

Hilde Refstie

David Sanderson

Anshu Sharma

Hans Skotte 

Marcin Sliwa

David Smith

Leda Stott

Vilde Ulset 

Wang Yu