Hemalata Dandekar

Professor Emerita


Hemalata Dandekar served as director and professor of ASU’s Department of Planning from 2002-2009. Her research interests include housing, comparative issues of international development, urban form and design, women and development, rural planning, vernacular architecture and planning methods. She has worked in India, South Africa, Japan, the U.S.-Mexico border, and in Michigan, Arizona and California on various aspects of planning and design. She has been a consultant for the World Bank, UNESCO, UN Habitat and APA and is the author of numerous books and articles. Currently, she holds the position of professor and department head of City and Regional Planning at California State University San Luis Obispo.


  • Ph.D. Urban and Regional Planning, University of California-Los Angeles
  • M.Arch University of Michigan
  • B.Arch University of Bombay, India

Research Interests

Dr. Dandekars areas of research in Urban Planning include: Urban-Rural Linkages and Rural Development; Affordable Housing and Sustainability; Gender and Development; and Metropolitan Growth and Infrastructure She is the author of several books and articles including: Building Sustainable housing on the U.S.-Mexico Border: Insights from Tecate, Baja California, School of Planning, ASU: 2007; The Planner's Use of Information: ed. APA Press: 2003 (Extensively revised Second Edition); City, Space and Globalization: An International Perspective ed. College of Architecture and Urban Planning, The University of Michigan: 1998.; Scope for Public/Private Partnerships in City Infrastructure, ed. Proceedings of a Roundtable Discussion, University of Poona: 1994. With Shashikant B. Sawant; Shelter, Women and Development: First and Third World Perspectives, ed. George Wahr Publishing Company: 1993; Men to Bombay, Women at Home: Urban Influence on Village Life in Deccan Maharashtra, India, 1942-82. Center for South and Southeast Asia Publications, University of Michigan: 1986.


  • Francisco Lara, Hemalata Dandekar, Maria Paola Cagnina, Sangeeta Deokar, Janet Bunchman, Robert Alridge. Crossing Borders: Connecting City and Ecology in Downtown Nogales. Monograph (2009).
  • Hemalata C. Dandekar. A Multiuniversity Planning Studio at the World Planning Congress: An Opportunity for International Planning Education. Journal of Planning Education and Research, (2009).
  • Hemalata C. Dandekar and Francisco Lara-Valencia. At the Corazon. Planning (2009).
  • Hemalata C. Dandekar. Privatization of Roads an Urban Planning Perspective. Samaj Prabhodini Patrika (2008).
  • Hemalata C. Dandekar. Information Technology and its Impact on Indian Cities. Samaj Prabodhan Patrika (Marathi Language) (0).

Research Activity


  • Journal of Planning Education Research, Paper Reviewer (2008 - 2008)
  • Chester Rapking Award Committee, Chair (2008 - 2008)
  • Gil Chin Lim Best International Dissertation Award, Chair (2008 - 2008)
  • MUEP Admissions Committee, Member (2007 - 2008)