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The world needs to transform rapidly to avoid catastrophic and irreversible damage to people, ecosystems, and biodiversity due to climate change.

Tiny urbanism is about generating solutions through collaboration with cities, practitioners, and businesses.

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Who is a tiny urbanist?

Adhish Gurung | Communications | Research | Consulting

Adhish Gurung is somewhere in between an academic and a practitioner. For Gurung, socially and environmentally responsible urban development is paramount and he wants to be involved whether it is through research, enterprise, or both. Gurung is not a typical urban planner because he has an interdisciplinary background in construction start-ups, agriculture, social justice, and now increasingly climate change.              

Gurung loves collaborating! Most urban challenges cannot be solved through individual expertise. He has a history of collaborating with urban designers, architects, academic researchers, social justice activists, policymakers, environmentalists, farmers, and builders. 

If you’re interested in hiring or working with a natural communicator, passionate researcher, and enthusiastic vegetable grower, please get in touch!

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Portfolio of Work

Urban - Development - Climate


Academic Publication : Prioritising behaviour alongside regulations in Amsterdam’s planning projects. International Planning Studies


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Career Milestones

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University of Amsterdam - MSc. Urban and Regional Planning

Sep 2018 - Aug 2019

The University of Amsterdam’s MSc in Urban and Regional Planning sets itself apart as being firmly embedded in the social sciences. Furthermore, it is closely connected to the research programme, which is leading in the field of planning. The MSc programme is rooted in the globally renowned Dutch planning practice.

Utopia - Community Lead

Dec 2021 - Present

Direct all communications on digital platforms, engage with investment and ecosystem partners, and campaign for livable cities through
events, workshops, exhibitions, and publications paying attention to performance and impact metrics
Curate activities, curriculum, and event calendar for entrepreneurs in compliance with USAID’s Tayar development project on DRR and
climate change resilience to develop climate-tech solutions for cities focusing on new policies through blended financing model
Monitor progress on projects and advise team on report writing, developing proposals for funding, and supporting team in outreach

People's Alliance for Nature Nepal - Strategy and Communications

Dec 2020 - Present

Develop campaign strategies, design and publish social media content (over 40 posts) and produce 3 short films for Nijgadh Airport awareness projects; Grew the following by 1700+ followers, and established a presence in 3 platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).  
Conduct field research visits, educate 10 local groups on biodiversity conservation, and screen PANNEPAL’s feature film.

Agriculture Consultant

July 2021 - Sep 2021

Conducted literature review, evaluation of best practices in agriculture for Nature Positive Solutions (NPS) in Nepal during 14 consulting days and delivered a successful 10-page report that documented achievements of international development agriculture projects.

Amsterdam Fossil Free - Communications Officer

Nov 2019 - Sep 2020

Specialized in writing about energy, environmental policy, and climate justice for the Amsterdam region. 
Assisted the Director with grant-finding and fund-raising initiatives.
Designed the social media strategy for advanced engagement.

Futureworks Building Solutions Pvt. Ltd. - Project Manager

Jan 2017 - Mar 2018

Managed construction budgets upwards of $100,000, oversaw construction schedules spanning 24 months and directed over 15 subcontractors. 
Regularly liaised between clients and senior management regarding client feedback. 
Conducted market research by engaging with over 24 clients in depth, researched new investment opportunities, and developed marketing strategies to grow the business in emerging markets.

Precontec Pvt. Ltd. - Cofounder

Sep 2013 - Jan 2017

Directed all administrative and financial tasks such as HR, filing taxes, managing financial transactions, and marketing. 
Prototyped recycled styrofoam building blocks with a team of over 20 professionals. 
Raised investment of over NRs. 9.5 million (USD $95,000) through successful pitches to angel investors.

Adhikaar for Human Rights and Social Justice - Communications and Development Assistant

Directed Adhikaar's media strategy and communications. 
Wrote successful grant proposals and organized fundraising events to notable organizations such as UN Women.

Taught over fifty hours of English classes to non-English speaking members.

Jan 2011 - Sep 2011

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