Animesh Behera

Research Associate

Animesh Behera

Research Associate

Animesh Behera joined Kühne Logistics University in July 2023 as a Research Associate for the FabCity project in the Food Research Group. His research focuses on creating a framework for analysing the potential of urban farming in cities as a tool for sustainable urbanism and its application in Hamburg. This involves examining various typologies of Urban Farming and other variables such as local climate, input conditions, space availability, nature of substrate, crop variety, key stakeholders and policy conditions.

Animesh is an Architect and Urban Sustainability professional. He holds a Master’s degree in Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning (MSc. REAP) from the HafenCity University in Hamburg and a Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi. Prior to joining KLU, Animesh worked with an Architecture and Planning Consultancy as a Manager, as an Urban Planning Consultant with CRISIL and as a Sustainable Urban Development-Smart City Technical Expert with GIZ.

He has been involved in various international organizations focusing on climate action, entrepreneurship and the SDGs. He was selected as a global talent for the SDGs, attended the UNLEASH Innovation Lab in Shenzhen (2019) and later became an SDG Global Ambassador in 2022. He won the GIZ's Business Innovation for Development program in 2021. Additionally, he was a national winner of the UN-Habitat International Competition "Urban Revitalization of Mass Housing" in 2014, received the Deutschlandstipendium and was a Climate-KIC 'Journey' fellow in 2017. His research interests include sustainable urbanism, strategies for zero energy/carbon/water/waste transitions and food sustainability.



Professional Experience

 Since 2023                   

Research Associate, Fab City Project, Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg, Germany

 2022 - 2023

Manager, Architecture and Planning, Arkitechno Consultants India Pvt Ltd, Bhubaneswar, India

2022 - 2023

Global Ambassador for SDGs, Unleash Innovation Lab, Denmark

2021 - 2022

Urban Planning Consultant, Crisil, India

2021 - Present

Co-Founder, Grow FoodLabs Pvt Ltd, India

2021 - Present

Founder, AddtoZero Pvt Ltd, India

2020 - 2020

Technical Expert, Sustainable Urban Development Smart-Cities (SUDSC), GIZ, India

2020 - 2020

Lead, Unleash Hacks 2020, India

2019 - 2019

Global Talent for the SDGs, Unleash Innovation Lab, Shenzhen, China

2018 - Present

Proprietor, Principal Architect, Urban Design Labs (UDLabs), Bhubaneshwar, India

2017 - 2018

Research Assistant, HafenCity University, Hamburg, Germany

2016 - 2017

Elected Student Council Representative, HafenCity University, Hamburg, Germany

2015 - 2016

Assistant Professor of Architecture, Acharya NRV School of Architecture, Bangalore, India

2014 - 2015

Architect & Project Manager, Green Umbrella Design Collective, Bangalore, India


2016 - 2019                 

Master of Science in Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning, HafenCity University, Hamburg, Germany

2017 - 2017

Climate-KIC "Journey", European Summer School on Climate Action and Entrepreneurship, UMPC, Paris, France; Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia 

2013 - 2013

Bachelor of Architecture, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India