Program Research Analyst - Sustainable Cities and Transport

Data Analysis & Technical Research Mumbai, India, India


Program Research Analyst - Sustainable Cities and Transport, WRI India

Who we are and what we do?

WRI India, an independent charity legally registered as the India Resources Trust, provides objective information and practical proposals to foster environmentally sound and socially equitable development. WRI India’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. Through research, analysis, and recommendations, WRI India puts ideas into action to build transformative solutions to protect the earth, promote livelihoods, and enhance human well-being. 

We are inspired by and associated with World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research organization. Currently over 150 researchers are working with WRI India in our offices at Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. 

Program Overview for Sustainable Cities and Transport

At WRI India Ross Center we focus on 10 integrated solutions to urban challenges. Through applied research, tools, hands-on advice, and by tapping our network of global experts, we accelerate transformative urban initiatives that have the power to change Indian cities into thriving, equitable and low-carbon places that are good for people and the planet.

Working at WRI India Ross Center offers you the unique opportunity to learn and grow as you collaborate with a diverse set of change agents across Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. As India’s biggest urban focused think and do tank, we seek thoughtful, enterprise-minded and sensitive individuals who can help us support this transformation and make a positive difference to citizens’ everyday lives.

About your role: 

WRI India is seeking a Program Research Analyst for the Sustainable Cities and Transport Program to support our work capturing and analyzing transit crowding using technology and a level of service benchmarks for Indian cities. The effort is instrumental in developing a science-based approach to measure, comprehend and address challenges in crowding at transit infrastructure. The initiative will demonstrate the merits of technology and develop a framework that is adapted for transit crowding conditions in Indian and other South Asian cities.

How your day will unfold:


  • Undertake research on crowding science and identify metrics used to measure densities and flow rates. Assess different Level of Service (LoS) approaches for different types of transit infrastructure in different geographies. Support in the development of a methodology to arrive at a LoS approach for transit infrastructure in Indian cities.
  • Design and implement quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection. Identify and run focused group discussions, interviews, surveys with stakeholder groups. Undertake analysis using quantitative and qualitative tools to assess data collected to inform framework development.
  • Identify interventions to optimize flow rates at transit stations through soft touch and hard touch approaches.

Project coordination:

  • Coordination with different stakeholders including the transit authority, academic institutions, surveying agencies, etc. for different activities
  • Identify different players in the space. Coordinate and lead interactions with these actors
  • Contribute to developing literature on transit crowd measurement and management.

Qualifications and requirements we seek:

  • Post-graduation in urban studies/ economics/ development studies
  • 2 to 3 years of work experience in research roles with on-field experience
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Comfortable with QGIS and Auto CAD
  • Comfort in qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Ability to work individually and autonomously. Bring fresh thinking into the project
  • Ability to present complex information articulately and succinctly
  • Proficiency in Microsoft excel, word and power point

Salary and Benefits: 6,50,000 to 7,50,000 CTC PA

Salary shall be commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package.

Duration: 1 year (Extendable based on performance and project requirements)

Location: Mumbai, India 

List of Documents to be attached:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview purpose. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) @WRI India

WRI India values and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion across all areas of our work and workforce. Integrating these values into our actions fosters a progressive and collaborative culture and can also enhance our impact.  It is our responsibility to create a welcoming working environment for people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and experience to learn together. We are responsible for fostering a safe and inclusive workplace where questions, concerns and information about diversity, equity and inclusion are part of our ongoing dialogue and development.

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People-centric to the core:

We keep our people at the centre of everything we do - from a welcoming work environment to benefits and a culture that encourages staff to stay healthy, happy, engaged, and growing.

Some of the non-monetary benefits that our staff get:

Health benefits: 
We cover health insurance for you and your loved ones for up to INR 8 lakhs

Term Insurance: Our term insurance policy covers life coverage of 50 lakhs per staff member

Employee Assistance program: Promoting mental well-being and supporting staff in achieving a satisfying work-life balance

Digital healthcare service: Online doctor consultations for your primary healthcare needs

Flexible work schedule:  Alternative work arrangements for all who are eligible by nature of their job

Learning culture: Workshops and trainings to empower staff, encourage new learning opportunities

Rest and Recharge weeks: We encourage staff to take time off to rest, rejuvenate, upskill, and pursue their interests.

Our leave policy: Avail personal time off at 36 per year, along with public holidays, maternity, paternity, and adoption leaves.

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Equal employment @WRI India

We believe in equal employment, it is our policy to recruit, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to caste, religion, sex, age, marital status, sexual preference, parental status, or disability.