Centre for Urban Studies

Centre For Urban Studies:

Centre for Urban Studies is an autonomous body created through MOU and project conducted between the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India and University of Leicester, U.K. Project was sponsored by British Council Knowledge Economy Partnership 2014 scheme. Its logo showcases urban sprawl of Vadodara across time. The scope of study ranges from local to global & emerging research methodologies are within GLocal perspectives and thereby constructing multi-disciplinarity. It works within the framework of National Education Policy-2020. It is located in the premises of Faculty of Arts vide S.R.No.11 dated 26-06-2015.


  • Research and teaching of the urban past, present and future; study of urban history, global cities, civic identities and historic conservation (tangible & intangible).
  • The consequences of urbanization: the most pressing concern in contemporary South Asia is the central idea of the Centre.
  • Evolve as an enduring strategic initiative to promote academic and professional awareness and scholarship.

Core research will focus on urban heritage, history, culture, conservation, planning and sustainability in Vadodara, the Gujarat region, India, and South Asia, core disciplines being Archaeology, Architecture, Languages, Environmental Sciences, Geography, History, Museology, Art History, History of Science & Technology.

Centre for Urban Studies has its association to all existing academic departments, centres and institutes at the MSUB. The prominent ones are Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Commerce, Faculty of Family & Community Sciences, Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Social Work, and Faculty of Technology & Engineering.

To analyse the phenomena that contribute to urban studies, Centre avails expertise at our University, and other institutions in India and abroad through research affiliates from University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Aligarh Muslim University, Central University Hyderabad, IIM-A; University of Leicester, UK; University of Vanderbilt, USA; Macquarie University, Australia; CNRS-France; Max-Weber Centre, Germany; University of Toronto, Canada;  University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, SOAS, Welcome Trust, British Council & c. As the Centre for Urban Studies matures it will extend its international co-operation in India, Asia, Europe & North America too.
Between 2015 and 2025, Centre will establish and strengthen the reputation of MSU as one of the primary hubs for urban scholarship on South Asia, seeking grant funding, the cooperation of regional and national agencies, the engagement of policy-makers, and attracting visiting fellows to deliver path-breaking research on urbanization, urban culture, conservation and the sustainability of the built environment.