The Urban Ecology – Research and Action (uERA) Virtual Laboratory is based out of Delhi and is led by Dr. Govind Singh. The uERA Group has been set up with an objective to address the challenges in the field of urban sustainability, sustainable development and natural resource management.

The uERA Lab primarily focuses on urban environments in the backdrop of regional and national environmental security. The uERA Lab maintains an objective of strengthening the principles of sustainable development. The uERA Lab brings together an interdisciplinary skill set and carries out Research & Development activities in the mighty task of making cities work.


The soul of India today, also lives in its towns and cities. To make these large urban centres work, we will have to optimize our urban resource demand while simultaneously ensuring rural development and the protection of our forests and wildlife.                                                               – Dr. Govind Singh


The uERA Lab works to engage the different stakeholders interested in urban ecology and sustainable development and has the below-mentioned research focus.

The uERA Lab works on the following research themes:

  1. Origin, Evolution and Environmental History of ancient cities.
  2. Sustainable Urban Development of the National Capital Territory of Delhi
  3. Sustainable appraisal and policies for Emerging Urbanisation in North-east India


+ “Smart Cities”

Awareness using ICT – Smart Citizens | Smart Government | Smart Research

+ Real Estate Research

Land-use Land-cover Changes | Property Rights & Environment

+ Corporate Sustainability

Environmental Management Systems | Environmental Impact Assessment | Corporate Social Responsibility

+ Environmental Education

Curriculum Development | Training & Module Development | Research

+ Urban Climate Resilience

Awareness through ICT | Mitigation & Adaptation | Disaster Management

+ Environmental Management

Water | Waste | Energy | Transport | Urban Biodiversity | Urban Planning | Environmental Economics