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Meenu Tewari
IAH Faculty Fellow Meenu Tewari discusses her current book project on urban development in India, specifically regarding connecting people to water. She also talks about how she entered the academic side of planning as well as future writing projects she hopes to pursue outside her field. The Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH) empowers faculty to achieve their full potential by creating community and cultivating leadership.

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Meenu Tewari

Associate Professor

Specialization: Economic Development
207 New East

Accepting PhD students

Dr. Meenu Tewari works on the political economy of economic and industrial development, poverty alleviation, small firms, and the urban informal economy from a comparative, institutional perspective. She teaches in the areas of economic development, historical and institutional analysis of development processes, and microeconomics.

Dr. Tewari’s research focuses on comparative local economic development, and upgrading and adjustment in developed and developing countries. She is particularly interested in the implications of global competition for firms, workers, public sector institutions, and local economies, as well as the prospects for upward mobility in regions that are restructuring. Her research explores why, and under what conditions, are some regions, firms, workers, and institutions more able to deal resiliently and innovatively with the pressures of globalization than others; and what kinds of institutional arrangements and circumstances help diffuse these capabilities widely within the regional economy.

Dr. Tewari is a member of the Research and Advisory Committee of the Institute of Small Enterprise Development in India and has served as a consultant with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the World Bank, International Labor Organization, the Asian Development Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank. She taught at MIT from 1997 to 1999 as a lecturer in Economic Development and Urban Planning. Prior to that, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the IFO Institute for Economic Research in Munich, Germany.


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