Lubaina Rangwala

Senior Research Analyst—Vulnerability & Adaptation


Lubaina is Senior Research Analyst—Vulnerability & Adaptation at WRI India. She is currently leading the urban adaptation work in India, focusing on issues of urban poverty and livelihood protection as a means to build resilience in vulnerable communities in Indian cities.

Her research takes up a community based adaptation approach towards conducting vulnerability assessments, augmenting adaptive capacities, and addressing the need and use of adaptive technologies in the face of an uncertain and changing climate. Her current project focuses on the impacts of climate change on the livelihoods of vulnerable communities in the peri urban areas of two coastal Indian cities – Mumbai and Chennai.

Lubaina started out as an Associate – Cities and Transport and has coordinated projects on land use and transport integration in areas adjoining transit nodes within Mumbai. She contributed to developing off-street parking reforms within station areas in Mumbai, providing key inputs into the Mumbai Development Plan. Additionally, she has co-authored WRI India’s Safe Access Manual: Safe Access to Mass Transit Stations in Indian Cities, a compilation showcasing the emerging work around safe and secure access to mass transit in India.

Prior to WRI India, she worked as a planning intern at the City of Emeryville and the City of Berkeley in California, USA, where she provided key support to their GIS and Economic Development teams, respectively. She has also worked with the research and design cells at the Kamla Raheja Vidhyanidhi Institute for Architecture (KRVIA) on urban planning projects in Mumbai. She has over five years of work experience in the urban realm, as a researcher and a teacher, in institutions in India and the United States.

Lubaina works out of the Mumbai office. She is an Architect and Urban Planner from Mumbai. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai, India and a Dual Master’s degree in Architecture and City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. Her concentration has been in housing and community development with a strong focus on issues of urban poverty.