Institut für Sozialanthropologie

Institut für Sozialanthropologie

IASC Europe & CIS Colloquium Series on Commons and Policy

Tobias Haller and Ilkhom Soliev (Unversity of Halle, Germany) are as Co-Coordinating Team of the Regional Chapter Europe and CIS of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) organizing the 3rd Colloquium Series on Commons and Policy (online, always on Fridays from 1-2:30pm between April 19 to June 7, 2024. Thematically, the focus is on crises we are facing around the world (e.g.,related to climate, biodiversity, migration, poverty, health, energy, etc). Check on the first presentation: Claiming the commons’ value in the context of de-valuation, and the ambivalent role of the state in recognizing it (ethnographic case study from Austria). by Lisa Francesca Rail, University of Vienna, Austria: Please see link for program and information on how to attend.

Bidisha Banerji, Amity University, India
Discussant: Ben Elder, Global Director of Valuation at RICS


Online Friday, May 3, from 1-2:30pm CET

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Meeting-ID: 664 7734 0745

Kenncode: 397971 

Urban Green Commons and Impact on Housing Valuations

Bidisha Banerji, Amity University, India
Discussant: Ben Elder, Global Director of Valuation at RICS


Rapid urbanization and growing pressure on housing in the metro areas of Delhi have placed huge pressure on green spaces which then tend to be crowded out (Mayor et al., 2009). In fact, according to some projections, Delhi is supposed to become the most populous city in India. India faces an imbalance between the built and natural spaces which is causing a worsening of the thermal environment, further exacerbating the ramifications of climate change (Imam and Banerjee, 2016). It is generally accepted that plants and green spaces improve our health and well-being, restore the water cycle, clean the air we breathe, and boost ecological diversity (Gangadharan, 2016). Park can make our cities and neighbourhoods more attractive places to live and work. Government, local authorities, developers, planners, property buyers, and residents among others are interested in property prices and the things that add to its valuation (Shukur et al., 2012). However, in developing countries, poor planning and governance result in an increasing backlog in infrastructure; besides poor maintenance of existing ones, for example, public and community parks (Banerji, 2013). However, to encourage greening of the urban spaces, we need to assess the value that residents place not only on green spaces, but also on the park characteristics. The talk will also explore the individual perceptions of homeowners, who have a park-facing house, on how the park has impacted their lives and the changes it has brought to their lifestyles in a small residential community in New Delhi.

Bidisha Banerji is an Associate Professor and Deputy Director working at the Amity Institute of Public Policy of the Amity University in Noida with a PhD in Public Policy and Public Administration from The George Washington University. Her areas of specialization include Policy Analysis, Policy Design, Policy Advocacy, Sustainability, Research Methodology, Urban Service Delivery, Economic history, Urban Geography, Megacities, Urban Commons and Program Evaluation.

About the Colloquium Series: IASC Europe & CIS is organizing this colloquium series to support the communication among the IASC members in the

region and beyond to facilitate content-based exchange and cross- disciplinary networking on bringing together the commons scholarship and practice with policy.

Organized by

Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern and

Chair for Environmental Sociology, University Halle-Wittenberg