Sheela Patel (born 1952) is the founding director of the Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centers (SPARC), which she organised in Mumbai in 1984 as an advocacy group for the pavement dwellers of Mumbai. SPARC continues to this day to play a major role in the politics of slum development in India and throughout the Third World. In 2011 she was the recipient of the Padma Shri award, the highest civilian honor in India.
- Recasting the Vision of Megacities in the South. Emerging Challenges for the North-South Dialogue in Development, in: Robertson-von Trotha, Caroline Y. (ed.): Europe: Insights from the Outside (= Kulturwissenschaft interdisziplinär/Interdisciplinary Studies on Culture and Society, Vol. 5), Baden-Baden 2011
- Development Gateway Foundation: Urban Development: Empowering Slum Dwellers: Interview with Sheela Patel, 7 September 2004