Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
An Architect by training Mr. Kothari was the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing with the UN Human Rights Council; founder and former Executive Director of the Housing and Land Rights Network, India and co-founder and former Convenor of the Working Group on Human Rights in India and the UN. In 2013-2014 he was MIT MLK Scholar in DUSP where he guided the development of the MIT Displacement Research and Action Network. A public scholar/activist Mr. Kothari’s work covers the areas of housing, land rights, homelessness; evictions and displacement; the right to the city; the human rights dimensions of poverty, segregation and ghettoization; economic globalization and its impact on human rights.