Mallika Bose is an Architect (Jadavpur University, Kolkata - India and School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India) and Urban Planner with a specialization in Environment-Behavior Studies (Kansas State University and University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee). She is an Associate Professor and the Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Penn State University. From 2008 to 2012 she served as the Interim Director/Director of the Hamer Center for Community Design at Penn State. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), and served as the Chair of the EDRA Board in 2012-2013.
Her research is motivated by her interest in understanding how social structures are embedded in the built environment, and how such socio-spatial constructions shape behavior of different groups in society. She has been active in research in the following areas: Built Environment and Active Living/Healthy Eating; Public Scholarship and Community Based Design; Gender and Development; and Design/Planning Pedagogy. Her scholarship has been published in the Journal of Architecture and Planning Research, Landscape Journal, Habitat International, International Development and Planning Research, Open House International and Journal of Urban Design. She recently co-edited a book on community engaged teaching and scholarship titled, Community Matters: Service-learning in Engaged Design and Planning.