Shweta Sharma

Dr Shweta Sharma MSc, MTech



I am a Lecturer with a demonstrated history of working in the transportation and urban planning industry. Skilled in Research, Analytical Skills, Transportation Planning, and Data Analysis. A strong education professional with a PhD in Social Sciences and an MSc in Transport Planning from the University of Leeds.


I joined Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) in February 2023. Before joining SHU, I worked as an Assistant Professor at the School of Planning and Architecture in Vijayawada, India, for five years. I also worked in various capacities with MNCs like URS Scott Wilson, Knight Frank and Lea Associates.

I received my undergraduate education in Geography at the University of Delhi, India and did a Master's in Geography from the Delhi School of Economics, India. I also hold a Master's in Urban and Regional Planning from CEPT University, India and a Master's in Transport Planning from the University of Leeds, UK. I completed my PhD at the Sheffield University Management School.

My research interests are wide-ranging, including working on the informal economy, gender studies, logistics and urban poverty. I have published widely on various issues of street vendors, especially in the context of urban livelihoods and food security. I have also extensively published on planning inclusive cities for street vendors and the wider informal sector.



Department of the Natural and Built Environment

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Planning, Housing and Regeneration


Courses taught:

- BA/ BSc Geography

- MSc Planning


- MSc Environmental Science

Modules taught:

I teach modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, inputting strategic and spatial dimensions to modules for planning and geography students.

Undergraduate teaching and supervision:

- Reflective and Personal Development Skills for Town Planning

- Sustainable Urban Design (Module leader)

- Explorations in Urban Geography

Postgraduate teaching and supervision:

- Professional Project (Module leader)

- Planning Theory and Context

- Environment & Infrastructure

- Comparative International Planning

- Planning and Growth

- Major Research Project

- Applied Research Methods

I am also an academic advisor for level 4 & 7 students.


Journal articles

Sharma, S. (2018). Cultural Theory of Poverty and Informal Sector: A Comparison of Street Vendors in Vijayawada and Chennai. IRA-International Journal of Management & Social Sciences, 13 (2), 32-47.

Sharma, S. (2018). Cultural Theory of Poverty and Informal Sector: A Case Study of Street Vendors of Pondy Bazaar, Chennai. Research Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 9 (3), 557-566.

Khandwawala, M., & Sharma, S. (2018). Understanding the Spatial Patterns of Green Spaces for 2000-2016 in the City of Ahmedabad. Engineering Sciences International Research Journal, 6 (1), 184-190.

J, G.R., & Sharma, S. (2018). Identification of Water Potential Zones in Drought Prone Area’s – A Case Study of Rolla Mandal, Ananthapuram, Andhra Pradesh, India. International Journal of Trend in Scientific Research and Development, 2 (2), 1386-1406.

Sharma, S. (2018). Individual theory of poverty and informal sector: a case study of street vendors of NDMC, Delhi. International Journal of Creative Research Thoughts (IJCRT), 6 (1), 300-306.

Sharma, S., & Mouni, T.L. (2017). Impact of Residential Relocation on Livelihood of Slum Dwellers – A Case Study of Three Slums in Khammam Municipal Corporation. International Journal of Trend in Scientific Research and Development, 1 (6), 770-781.

Sharma, S., & Chhibber, A. (2017). Vulnerability of Slums to Livelihood Security: A Case Study of 3 JJ Clusters, Delhi. International Journal of Trend in Scientific Research and Development, 1 (6), 437-447.

Sharma, S. (2017). Individual Theory OF Poverty and Informal Sector: Linkages or Alternative Explanations. International Journal of Advanced Research, 5 (10), 1356-1363.

Sharma, S. (2016). Hawking Space and National Policy on Urban Street Hawkers: A Study of NDMC, Delhi. Procedia Technology, 24, 1734-1741.

Sharma, S. (2016). Street food and urban food security. International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health, 8 (1).

Sharma, S. (2014). An Evaluation of UMEED in Ahmedabad: Analysis through Narratives. Journal of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 1 (1), 28-43.

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Conference papers

Sharma, S. (2015). Travel behaviour of street hawkers: a case study of NDMC, Delhi. In Tulum, H. (Ed.) III. International Contemporary Urban Issues, Istanbul, Turkey, 19 November 2015 - 21 November 2015. DAKAM

Book chapters

Sharma, S. (2016). Temporal and Spatial Boundaries of Working: Case Study of Hawkers in NDMC, Delhi. In Isaienkova, M. (Ed.) Interdisciplinarity: The Palimpsest of Culture. (pp. 13-21). Warsaw: IRF Press


Sharma, S. (2014). Impact of recession on freight transport of UK Risk assessment and mitigation strategies. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.

Sharma, S. (2014). Hawkers and hawking space: a study of commercial centres in the NDMC area of Delhi. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.

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