Susmita Rishi

FacStaff Name Instructor/Incoming Assistant Professor
Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning

2096 Seaton Hall | 920C N. Martin King Jr. Drive
Manhattan, KS 66506
T: (785) 532-5961 | Curriculum Vitae



I am a critical urban scholar with a background in Architecture and Urban Design. As a new faculty member, I bring to K-State a familiarity with planning, and housing policy in North America, its overlaps with social justice issues and an expertise in urbanization in the global South and international planning. In my research and teaching, I focus on how the planned and the unplanned interact and in how planning decisions are made and their impacts on social justice and equity. My current research challenges and reconceptualizes the knowledges on which planning decisions are made, particularly those pertaining to urban informal spaces and housing. My pedagogical philosophy, inspired by my experience as an architect and urban designer as well as a qualitative researcher, is about equipping students with practical skills, critical analytic abilities, philosophical and theoretical depth, reflexivity and ethics to foster just and socially sustainable cities. To that end, I emphasize active critical enquiry and personal reflection using the local urban region, as a laboratory.



Disciplinary: urbanization; informal settlements/slums; value and space; housing, land use planning and informality; social justice; planning theory; interdisciplinary approaches to planning; decolonizing theory; feminist postcolonial theory

Regional: global urbanization; urban global South; South Asia; postcolonial theory

Methods: qualitative methods and methodologies; critical ethnography; textual and visual analysis



  • PLAN 640 Urban Design and Development
  • PLAN 510 Tech Mod I


  • PLAN 650 Housing and Development [Taught concurrently through Global Campus]