Urban Planning Thesis/ Research Topic Suggestions (Part 2)


To attain a degree in the field of Planning, one needs to write a thesis inevitably. But writing a thesis may turn into a nightmare if the topic is picked up inappropriately. It is a very careful decision to select a topic that produces a good thesis or else. Below discussed are some important points to be considered while deciding a topic for thesis:

  • Choose thesis topic as per your area of interest.
  • Try to select a topic which is practical in nature and has relevance and importance to the society.
  • Keeping the interest of your professor or thesis guide in mind can help in providing good results.
  • It is very important to keep your forthcoming years of career in mind and select a topic with futuristic approach.
  • Try to be more creative and bring out some unique and different ideas.
  • The scope and extent of research shall not be too vast or too narrow as handling the research and collecting information might become difficult.
  • Go through the previous thesis papers and topics of interest. This helps in producing a thesis topic.


Infrastructure is defined as the facilities, structures, networks, systems, equipment or assets that are instrumental in promoting economic growth. It plays an important role in alleviating poverty. Thus, infrastructure plays an important role in development because it clenches its roots deep down in every system.

  • Infrastructure as tool for economic development
  • Impact of urban sewage on water quality
  • Planning for water accessibility of urban poor settlements
  • Providing basic services to the urban poor
  • Grey water management for a neighbourhood
  • Implications of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) on educational performance in schools
  • Role of community participation in managing water supply and solid waste management
  • Planning strategies for zero solid waste management
  • Participatory GIS in Municipal Solid Waste Management
  • Appraisal of Storm Water in industrial Area

Transport Planning

Transport is widely and increasingly acknowledged to be one of the most critical elements that could contribute to the quality of life and so transport planning has assumed greater importance. Extreme care and professional skills are required for planning, designing, operations and management of the national, regional and urban transport systems.

  • Understanding the gender differences in travel behaviour
  • Measuring the potential for TOD around metro stations
  • Walking as a feeder to Delhi Metro
  • Formulating congestion pricing for traffic management
  • Planning for goods transportation and cargo space for the port area
  • Planning for vehicular parking in city central area
  • Study of major traffic bottlenecks
  • Impact of IT services on public transportation
  • Planning for pedestrianisation of the core area
  • Concept of BRT – Strategies for Indian cities

Disaster Management

Disaster Management is a strategic planning and procedure which is administered or employed to protect critical infrastructures from severe damages when natural or human made calamities and catastrophic events occur. There is no country that is immune from disaster, though vulnerability to disaster varies.

  • Implications of recurring disaster on the local economy
  • Strategies for mitigating the consequences of flash floods
  • Assessment of development control regulations with respect to disaster management
  • Flood risk reduction on human settlements
  • Building resilience towards emergency situations in unauthorized colonies
  • Community based disaster management
  • Hazard risk vulnerability assessment of urban floods
  • Disaster resilient framework for a region
  • Assessment of the risk to livelihood and developing coping strategies for a disaster-prone coastal area
  • Disaster mitigation and management of forest fire.

Energy and Carbon Emission

Current urban planning process does not ensure energy efficient cities completely. For instance, urban sprawl which is a result of human activities, is directly related to the global energy consumption. Thus, the promotion of adequate urban planning practices is a key point to create opportunities for reducing energy consumption.

  • Planning for low carbon neighbourhood
  • Carbon footprint and planning implications
  • Imparting the carbon credit schemes into the master plans
  • Unravelling linkages between socio-economic and physical characteristics of a residential area and energy consumption
  • Assessing carbon footprints of households with respect to lifestyle pattern
  • Quantification of CO2 emissions in transport sector based on urban structure
  • Planning for a low carbon neighbourhood
  • Energy efficient villages: Framework towards achieving carbon neutrality
  • Urban green as carbon sink for industrial emission
  • Assessment for carbon footprint for a neighbourhood – An approach to sustainability

Urban Planning – Land Use

Urban Planning is a technical process that is focused on the development and design of land use. Land use is an important aspect of urban planning as it helps in developing and managing the land into various public interests to endorse socio-economic development. It promotes desirable social and environmental outcomes as well as more efficient use of resources.

  • Impact of metro station on surround land use and land values
  • Delivery of Planning functions – A case of land use changes
  • Planning for compatible land use in the vicinity areas of the airport
  • Impact of markets on surrounding land use
  • Impact of major urban roads on land use and density dynamics
  • Assessment of land use change impact on water balance of river
  • Impact of heritage building area on surrounding land use
  • Influence of land use on urban heat island study area
  • Impact of land use – congestion pricing nexus on modal choice
  • Policy implications and responses: A case of mixed land use policy


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