Name: Taru Jain

Title: Manager, Transport Research

Affiliation: Mobility and Insights Team, Policy Precincts and Innovation, Department of Transport

Taru is a PhD graduate from Monash University. Her research project was ‘Impact of Shared Modes on Travel Behaviour in Melbourne’, partially funded by the Department of Transport (Victoria) as part of the Sustainable and Effective Public Transport (SEPT) Graduate Research Industry Partnership (GRIP). She also worked as an Assistant Professor of Planning in the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi from 2009 to 2019.

A former Commonwealth scholar, she is a trained urban and transport planner and likes to work in both areas. In addition to teaching she has worked on several research projects in diverse subjects such as gender and transport, children’s right to the city, affordable housing planning and provision and planning education. She has worked on several international projects, for ISOCARP, UN Habitat and other organisations, in India, UK, Australia, UAE and China and loves to experience new places and new subjects.

Bachelor in Planning, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi India 2006

MSE Transport Planning and Engineering, University of Leeds United Kingdom 2007

2014 ATS Foundation Scholarship (US)  (to attend the 5th Women’s Issues in Transportation Conference organized in Paris from 12-16 April 2014).

2006-2007  DFID Shared Commonwealth Scholarship for postgraduate study in UK

2006 Gold Medal for best student for undergraduate study, SPA New Delhi

2006 Gold Medal for best undergraduate thesis, SPA New Delhi

2006 First Prize for general proficiency for undergraduate study, SPA New Delhi

Member of National Delegation – International Society of City and Regional Planners

Member – Indian Roads Congress

Member – Institute of Urban Transport, India

Member – Institute of Town Planners, India

Conference papers

Paper titled ‘Women’s Use of Public Transportation in Delhi, India: Usage Patterns as Indicators of Accessibility’ accepted for presentation in the 95th Annual TRB Meeting to be held in Washington DC in January 2016.

Paper titled ‘Smart Cities in India – Key Obstacles and Risks to Implementation of Technology’ in Urban Thinkers’ Campus organised by PUSH and AESOP in Palermo, Sicily from 8-10 October 2015.

Paper titled ‘Gender Appraisal of Mobility Patterns and Instances of Exclusion for Working Population in Delhi’ in 5th Women’s Issues in Transportation Conference organized in Paris from 12-16 April 2014.

Paper presentation titled ‘Pedestrian Infrastructure in Indian Cities’ in National Seminar on Urban Dynamics and Planning- 2032 organised by Institute of Town Planners, India in Lucknow, April 2012

Poster Presentation in Urban Mobility India 2010 International Conference organised by the Ministry of Urban Development, India, during 3rd to 5th December 2010 in Delhi.

Paper Presentation on ‘Personal Rapid Transit: A step towards successful implementation of an innovative alternative to the automobile.’ in IPTS Conference organized in Amsterdam during April 2008.


Journal papers

Prakash, P and Jain, T. (2016) Assessment of Master Plan Provisions For Low Income Housing In Four Indian Cities. Shelter, 17(2), pp. 19-27.



Research Projects

Team member in research project titled, ‘Use of Bus and Metro by Women in Delhi’ with CRRI, New Delhi and Rutgers University, New York. (2015-16)

Co-Project Leader in research project titled ‘Gender Appraisal of Mobility Patterns of Working Population in Delhi’ with CRRI, New Delhi (2013-14)

Team member- ‘Assessment of Planned Provisions and Institutional Processes for Delivery of Low Income Housing in Northern India’, funded by HUDCO Chair, SPA New Delhi (2013-14)


Key Projects

ISOCARP Urban Planning Advisory Team Workshop on Zongshan Avenue District Renewal Assessment in Wuhan China. Work (March 2017).

Member for International Team for project on- ‘Urban Development and Planning in the Age of Megacities- an Overview of Global Trends and Current Practices’ for Moscow Urban Forum on behalf of ISOCARP. (2016)

Member of the UN Habitat Urban Task Force for consultation on the New Urban Agenda. (2015)

As ISOCARP Member- Capacity Building of Al Ain Municipality officials (UAE) in transport planning principles through lecture and practical assignments. (2013)