Sobia Rafiq

Architect and Urban Environmental Planner


Sobia Rafiq is an urban development professional, with expertise in urban data collection, analysis and planning. Rafiq’s work focuses on a range of issues impacting the environment, including solid waste management, air pollution reduction and lake rejuvenation. As the co-founder of Sensing Local, a Bengaluru-based do-tank, Rafiq applies an evidence-based systems approach to urban planning through participatory planning and design. Rafiq is highly skilled in managing the liaison and mediation between diverse stakeholders.


2015. Digital Mapping to Manage Solid Waste – Cities 100, C40 Cities & Sustainia.

2015. Re-assessing Normative Standards: A Time & Motion Study – Executive Summary, CPPS, BBMP and KUIDFC.

2015. Strategy for a Clean Bengaluru, . CPPS, BBMP and KUIDFC


2014. Extracting Value from Bengaluru’s Dry Waste Chain. CPPS, WUCU, BCCF & SVP

2014. Urban Ecology of the High Street, in the Resourceful City, LSE Cities. 

2014. The Olympic Bolevar: in-betweenness & peripheries in Sarajevo, in Reconstructing Sarajevo: negotiating socio-political complexity.

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