Karunya Subramanian is a Research Analyst with the UrbanShift Program and Research. Prior to joining WRI, Karunya worked as an urban planner with the United Nations Habitat, and Greater Cities Commission (Sydney, Australia). She worked on projects that involved developing policies, and strategic planning documents and providing oversight and coordination across government agencies to deliver the strategic vision and sustainable development goals of cities.

She holds a bachelor's degree in Architecture from BMS College of Engineering (India), a master's degree in Urban Planning from the University of Sydney (Australia), and a master's degree in Urban Design from Georgia Tech (United States).

Karunya currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Her family’s peripatetic lifestyle provided her with a childhood spent in different cities. At a very early age, this nomadic background developed her curiosity for the relationship between culture, environment, and cities.