Faculty Bio: Laxmi Ramasubramanian, AICP

Laxmi Ramasubramanian Hunter Bio
Associate Professor

Room #:
1645 HW



urban design, geographic information systems and planning technologies, participatory planning and community development, South Asia

Common Courses Taught

URBP 700 Introduction to Urban Planning
URBP 707 Graphic Communications for Planners
URBP 738/739 Studio


Ph.D. (Architecture, Environment-Behavior Studies), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Master in City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Dr. Laxmi Ramasubramanian is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Policy at Hunter College. She is a registered architect in her home country, India, and a certified planner (AICP). She is a member of the doctoral faculty in the Geography Program and the Environmental Psychology Program at The Graduate Center, the doctorate-granting institution of the City University of New York. Dr. Ramasubramanian seeks to inform and transform planning practice in order to create a just and equitable society. Specifically, her research examines how the use of digital technologies such as GIS can alter social and political processes, particularly the power of individuals and institutions to create and sustain social change. Her research is synthesized in her first book Geographic Information Science and Public Participation (Springer, 2010) Dr. Ramasubramanian is an expert in the design, implementation and evaluation of participatory planning projects that use affordable and accessible geospatial technologies.

Dr. Ramasubramanian has been recognized as a leader in the geospatial community. She served as the elected president of The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (2012-2014). In February 2016, she was appointed to a three-year term on the National Geospatial Advisory Committee, a federal advisory committee that provides guidance to the federal government on matters of national geospatial policy. She currently serves on the national governing board of the American Collegiate Schools of Planning, representing the northeastern region (2016-2018).

Dr. Ramasubramanian maintains an active research program with funding from a range of public and nonprofit sources. She is currently part of a multi-university team developing a program to advance the professional development of women in the geospatial sciences. The project, TRELIS (2017-2020) has been funded by the National Science Foundation

Dr. Ramasubramanian’s second book, Essential Methods for Planning Practitioners: Skills and Techniques for Data Analysis, Visualization, and Communication, co-authored with Professor Jochen Albrecht (Springer, forthcoming 2018) bridges theory and practice by framing 21st century planning practices within their socio-political and ethical context. She is currently working on her third book project, The Future of Sustainability (working title) to unpack the opportunities and challenges that colleges and universities have in influencing public conversations about some of our most pressing environmental and societal challenges.