About the Conference
When considering the future development of the urban sphere, especially in the context of developing countries, one very important key strategic aspect has to do with the systemic interplay between environmental, ecological, economic and socio-cultural factors. Within this realm, we find challenges dealing with climate change, water availability and natural resource flows, including waste streams and their uses.
Many of these challenges, gets magnified with respect to the climate change being experiences as a general phenomena (often planetary in scope) and specific localized or micro-climatic factors. A scrutiny over a number of such “grand challenges” thus has to indicate more precisely how such causal links to urban situations may be perceived in terms of what has already happened, but also exploring what could happen in the future. In order to do so, there is a need to first outline the general landscape of various “grand challenges” which also emerge as “drivers” of change in various systems, including the urban ones. This would serve for the increased capacity to explore various future options, including how to design criteria for the types of possible actions that may be entailed, and to make suggestions for incorporation in various policy packages at local, regional and national levels.
The goal of this one day conference is to provide a platform for scholars and practitioners to discuss the various aspect of the urban environment in the context of the global discourse on climate change. We believe that such a conference will contribute to improving our understanding of the critical issues, and introduce new perspective to the debate.
The proposed conference could focus on some of the technological possibilities in areas of urban housing, transportation, and energy demands to help boost energy efficiency, and also identify the potential public policy challenges that may not be conducive towards adoption of better technologies.
9:15-9:45 Perspectives: Urban Challenges in the Context of Climate Change
Dr Arun Kumar/ Dr Arvind K Nema, Civil Engineering, IIT Delhi –Welcome
Prof A K Gosain, Civil Engineering IIT Delhi - Climate Change Challenges
Dr Barun Mitra, The Liberty Institute, New Delhi - About the Workshop
10:15-11:15 Session I:Water Management and Human Health Issues
Dr. Anshuman- Associate Director, Water Resources Division, TERI, New Delhi -title
Dr Arun Kumar, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering IIT Delhi, New Delhi - Extreme weather events and water borne diseases: Uncertainties?
11:15-13:00 Session II:Urban Heat Island Effects and Urban Air Pollution
Dr B R Gurjar, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, IIT Roorkee, Roorkee -Air Pollution missions and health impacts in megacity Delhi
Prof. Manju Mohan, Professor, Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, IIT Delhi - Urban climate and air pollution
Dr. Priyanka Kulshreshtha, Assistant Professor, Lady Irwin College, New Delhi - Disability adjusted life years and indoor air pollution-quantifying the burden of disease
Dr. Sagnik Dey, Assistant Professor, Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, IIT Delhi - Urban air quality: Unresolved issues and future direction
13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:45 Session III: Green Construction/ Habitat
Prof. K Jaisim, Director, Jaisim-Fountainhead, Bangalore - title
Prof B. Bhattacharjee, Professor, Civil Engineering IIT Delhi - title
Dr Poonam K Ahluwalia, Senior Manager-Environment (Civil), TCE Ltd., New Delhi - Institutional framework and policy changes required for optimum involvement of urban bodies in combating climate change
Dr Shashank Bishnoi, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering IIT Delhi - title
15:45-16:30 Session IV: Urban transportation: The mismanagement of supply and demand
Dr. Sanjay Singh, Associate Professor, Economics, IIM Lucknow - Strategies to reduce carbon emissions from passenger transport
Prof. Geetam Tiwari, Professor, Civil Engineering IIT Delhi- title
16:30-17:20 Panel discussion on innovative solutions: Meeting the challenges in
mitigation and adaptation measures
Dr Suman Majumdar, CII, New Delhi
Prof BJ Alappat, Civil Engineering IIT Delhi
Dr Arvind K. Nema, Civil Engineering IIT Delhi
Dr. Barun Mitra, The Liberty Institute, New Delhi
Moderator: Mr. Mohit Satyanand, The Liberty Institute, New Delhi
When & Where
Liberty Institute is an independent think tank dedicated to empowering the people by harnessing the power of the market. It seeks to build understanding and appreciation of the four institutional pillars of a free society – Individual Rights, Rule of Law, Limited Government and Free Market.
The Institute undertakes a number of activities, among them research and advocacy on public policy issues. It organises conferences and seminars, and has a publications programme. The Institute is working on a range of public policy issues, including economic development and trade policy, energy policy and environmental quality, education and health policies, democracy and governance reforms, intellectual property rights and innovation, among others