Housing is well understood as an indicator of economic prosperity with a magnified impact on GDP owing to its inter-linkages with multiple sectors. It is equally a measure and predictor of human development, with potential multiplier effects on health, educational, social status and economic well-being. Moreover, housing – embedded as it is in how people live, work and dream – is a natural entry point to study spatial and economic transformations in society.
Against this backdrop, the project seeks to create the India Housing Report, an online archive and periodic report that brings together the rich but disparate analytical work on housing in India, and explores new directions to study its complexities, intersections and novelties. The report is envisaged as a periodic document with extensive supporting information that will report on the state of housing in India to policymakers, those in the sector and the broader public.
The project will analyse what the condition, location, consumption and utilisation of housing in India tells us about the changes in economy, spatiality, services and infrastructure. The archive and associated report also seek to catalyse a debate on current issues related to housing (affordability, adequacy, technology, finance, tenure) and its linkages with key issues of urban transformations in India (livelihood, infrastructure, services, liveability, governance). Together, they will serve as a comprehensive reference point for information, analysis and discussion around housing in India, to facilitate meaningful conversations around the importance of housing and its interconnectedness with various aspects of Indian economy and society. The project is funded by the H. T. Parekh Foundation, a Section 25 company established by the Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) in order to conduct its corporate social responsibility activities.
For more information, visit the project website and archive at https://indiahousingreport.in/