A snapshot of projects I work on, with colleague-friends and co-conspirators.

Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture as Green Infrastructure: implications on well-being and sustainability in the Global South (UP-AGrI) 

Funded under the GCRF-British Academy’s “Infrastructures of Wellbeing” Programme, the UPAGrI project is examining the sustainability and wellbeing outcomes of urban and peri-urban farming in four cities across India and Tanzania (2019-2022). As Co-Investigator on the project, I work with a team in Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Dar es Salaam, and Morogoro.

Recovery with Dignity (RwD)

A GCRF-British Academy-funded project examining different ways post-disaster recovery in India is framed and how recognising and respecting the dignity of socially-differentiated populations can result in minimising ongoing trauma and instituting more sustainable responses. I co-lead the project which draws on case studies in Odisha, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala (2018-2021). A repository of outputs is here.

Climate Resilient Development Pathways for Semi-arid Regions of Africa and South Asia

An FCOD and IDRC-funded project synthesising knowledge on climate-resilient development in Kenya, India, and Botswana. I work within the India team examining climate resilient development in the dryland districts of north Karnataka (2020-2022).

Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA)

An IDRC-DFID-funded international project working in climate hotspots (deltas, mountains, drylands). Within the broader project, I worked in the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) consortium and lead research on differential vulnerability and adaptation in rural Karnataka (2013-2018).

Exposure to and impact of air pollution on urban life and livelihoods

An ICIMOD exploratory study on air pollution in Lahore (Pakistan), Kathmandu (Nepal), and Mandalay (Myanmar). I support methodology development using life history approaches to capture dynamic impacts of air pollution (2019-2021).

Migration, Livelihood Trajectories and Climate Resilience

An SDC-funded project under their CapaCITIES programme exploring migration and city resilience planning in medium-sized Indian cities. I am part of the team exploring informal livelihoods, climate vulnerability, and city-wide action to build resilience in Siliguri and Coimbatore (2017-2018).

Long-term Implications of Short-term Humanitarian Responses

An IIED-funded project under the Urban Crises Learning Fund examining how short-term, relief-oriented responses shape longer-term urban planning and development trajectories. The project was situated in Chennai, a site of multiple hazards from a drought in 2002, to the tsunami in 2004, and heavy flooding in 2013 and 2015. [Working paperpolicy brief] (2016-2017)

1.5°C and India: Examining the state of knowledge on climate mitigation and adaptation

A CIFF-funded project examining 1.5C-compatible mitigation/adaptation pathways for India (2020-2021).

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