Interim Chairperson of the Department of Urban Planning
Nihal Perera is professor of urban planning at Ball State University and director of CapAsia. He has taught in China, Germany, India, Italy, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka. The two-time Fulbright Scholar was also senior research fellow at the National University of Singapore. His grants include three Fulbright-Hays awards and a Graham Foundation award and was nominated twice for national awards for international education (Heiskell and Malone). Perera's publications include Decolonizing Ceylon, Transforming Asian Cities, and People’s Spaces. He has been the Chief Architect-Planner of the largest development project in Sri Lanka: The Mahaweli Project; worked in the multilaterally-funded Transmigration Project in Indonesia; briefly consulted in a few places, and closely associated with the housing policy and program development in Sri Lanka where they developed the ideas of support systems and Community Acton Planning with MIT and DPU. He has also studied at both those institutions.