John Atchley is currently a Fulbright-Nehru scholar based in New Delhi studying India’s highway and rural road construction programs through the lens of economic development. Prior to his work in India, he worked as a senior aide in the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, one of the city’s largest mayoral agencies, where he specialised in communications, marketing and intergovernmental affairs. In addition to his current research in India, he is also an Urban Habitats Fellow and is working with Mirabilis Advisory to implement their “Alternative Urban Futures Project”. Earlier this year, he presented a paper on urban masterplanning as part of the Planning Commission’s Midterm Appraisal process, and also moderated the 2009 Urban Mobility Conference. He is a 2006 graduate of Bates College in the United States.