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Abhinav Alakshendra

University of Florida

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Abhinav Alakshendra is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Florida. He heads the Center for International Design and Planning. He holds a Doctorate degree in Economics from Kansas State University, a Master's of Economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, India, and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Fergusson College, India. Dr. Alakshendra's research interests include economic development, urbanization, and housing issues. He is a recipient of many prestigious research grants including McArthur Foundation and UKAID. He has collaborated on a study developing road rationalization strategies for low volume roads in rural Kansas. The study is one of the winners of ‘2012 sweet sixteen high-value projects’ award given by AASHTO Standing Committee on Research (SCOR). Presently, he is working on two internationally funded projects in India (both funded by UKAID and managed by London School of Economics and University of Oxford). One of the projects looks into the political economy of slum formation in one of the poorest states of India, where he is also looking at the broader issue of affordable housing. This project heavily relies on finding the ‘best practices’ from around the world and recommending the same for urban development in the study area. Thus making this study truly global in nature. His other project looks into the administrative linkages and their effect of firm’s location choice in one of the poorest states in India. This research has a huge implication for employment related policy formulation. He is the recipient of the International Educator of the Year award for the college of Design, Construction, and Planning in 2015 and 2016. He has served on numerous graduate (Master’s and Ph.D.) committees.

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