HARIKESH N. MISRA, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Geography in the University of Allahabad. Currently he is President of the National Association of Geographers, India (NAGI).
He had the opportunity to be exposed to different facets of modern geography as US Government Senior Fulbright Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh (1976–77) and as Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellow at Cambridge University (1988–99). His teaching and research experience spans over four decades as Lecturer in Geography Department, University of Allahabad (1969–1984), Reader (1984–1992) and Professor (1992–2011). He has been the founder Professor of Geography Department, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla during 1992–1997. Also, he served as Member, editorial board of Pariyojan, an International Journal of Planning and Policy Sciences (1984–1988), Progress in Human Geography, UK (1994–98) and as Editor of the Annals of the National Association of Geographers, India (2000–2011).
Dr. Misra has supervised more than 25 PhD students and has authored five books. Also, he has published 66 papers in national and international journals of repute. Some of his oft-quoted works relate to Popular Settlements, Rural–Urban Relations, Role of Small and Intermediate Towns, Informal Sector and Ruralisation of Indian Cities. His current thrust areas of research are sustainable development and natural resource management planning.