[Applications Closed] Call for Applications: Field Research in Indian Cities

We are looking for research professionals (preferably media professionals with prior experience of field research and documentation) who have demonstrated the ability to work on urban development issues. Applicant should show a keen interest in the issues of urban sustainability, infrastructure, ecology and alternatives. Proficiency in conducting interviews, report writing (in Word or similar software), photography is essential. An applicant with knowledge of design tools such as Adobe Photoshop, and geo-mapping tools such as ArcGIS would be given advantage.

**Last date for applying: Dec 10, 2020** [Extended]

Process for Applying

Interested applicants can send their resume and portfolio of their previous works in the development sector or on related issues latest by Dec 10. Please email the relevant documents to prc.india@yahoo.com with ‘Application for Urban Case Studies’ in the subject field. Interview slots and further details will be shared with the shortlisted applicants by Dec 12.

To read the Call for Application in pdf format, please click here.

Brief Description of Project

People’s Resource Centre (PRC), a civil society organization based in Delhi, is documenting existing practices and emerging trends in urban and periurban farming in Indian cities. Urban farming may provide a systemic alternative to urban scarcity and severe ecological footprint and make cities and urban communities more resilient and self-reliant. In most cities, this issue is closely linked with the condition of rivers and proposed developments on the river banks. Therefore, this project also involves the study of inland waterways and riverfront development projects coming up in the city regions. The project starts in the first week of December 2020 and all the project deliverables will have to be submitted by February 28, 2021.

Description of work

Conducting field research and documentation in city/cities (specified in the next section). This will involve taking and recording interviews with urban farmers, terrace gardeners, and communities living on the river banks or (likely to be) affected by infrastructure developments on river banks. Taking relevant and good-quality photographs and video testimonies, detailed field accounts in writing, and one publication-ready report (one for each city) will be the key deliverables. The selected candidates can follow their own research schedule but will have to work in close coordination with the research team of PRC.

Cluster 1: Patna, Ranchi, Bodhgaya; Cluster 2: Pune, Mumbai, Indore.
Applicant should have their own place of stay in any of these locations and should be willing to travel to other cities in their cluster. Applicants who are local residents of any of these locations will be given preference.

Remuneration for this position is negotiable and will be based on prior work experiences of the applicant the number of cities being covered. Remuneration will be in multiple instalments on pro-rata basis linked with the delivery of pre-agreed interim outputs.

Note: People’s Resource Centre is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on gender, caste, religion, ethnicity, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, or sexual orientation. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace where our differences broaden our understanding and enrich our experiences.



  1. Subir RanaDecember 8, 2020

    Hi Nishant
    I would like to apply for the position but I am neither a media professional nor can arrange for my own accommodation at the place of research except at Patna. Woukd like to know whether logistics for accommodation can be managed by PRC.

    I am anyways sending my CV as part of the application process for the proposed project.


    1. nishantDecember 9, 2020

      Hi Subir,

      Thanks for expressing interest. Can I request you to please email the required documents on prc.india@yahoo.com? It will be easier to coordinate that way.


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