Zeenat Niazi, vice-president of Development Alternatives Group leads the policy studies and development action initiatives at the Development Alternatives Group. Her work over three decades has focussed on sustainable housing and habitat in rural and urban areas, community-based approaches to climate and disaster resilience and support to national, sub-national and local government governments in mainstreaming integrated planning for achieving Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement in India. Her key interests lie in the area of resource-efficient and people-nature centric development planning. Her core area of interest is in social and ecological systems for resilience planning in urban and rural areas.
Her work in habitat planning now increasingly addresses the concern of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) systems through resource efficiency, circular economy and equity concerns in resource access. She is a third time member of the Board of the Climate Action Network South Asia, Member Advisory Committee (MAC) of the Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme of UN’s One Planet Network, Strategic Steering Committee member of UNEP PAGE Programme in India and the Steering Committee member of the Green Economy Coalition in India. She also contributes to the Global Green Growth Platform.