Papers and Articles
Addressing flooding in the city of Surat beyond its boundaries (July, 2013)
This paper describes the flood risks faced by Surat, one of India’s most successful and also most flood-prone cities. The paper also reviews measures being taken to reduce flood risks – and how climate change is likely to affect such risks. It suggests that part of the city’s response needs to be a greater ability to live with floods, while minimizing the costs these usually bring in terms of loss of life, damage to homes and disruption to businesses.
Flood-induced economic loss and damage to the textile industry in Surat City, India (September 2015)
This study attempts a loss and damage assessment of Surat City in western India to floods. Surat is an industrial hub for both the textile and diamond industries. Interviews with workers from 145 textile-weaving businesses were completed, including focus group discussions and shared learning dialogues.
The economic impact of floods and waterlogging on low-income households: lessons from Indore, India (June 2016)
This study estimates the economic losses suffered by the urban poor in terms of assets and productivity due to climate-induced waterlogging and floods. It examines how the vulnerability of slum dwellers living in informal settlements is exacerbated by a lack of supportive institutional mechanisms, the nature of non-inclusive economic growth, the social exclusion of urban landscapes and discriminative access to public services.
Preventing Building Collapse A challenge reminded by recent earthquakes and earthquakes in waiting (2010)
The paper traces the experiences of many catastrophic earthquakes in the first four months of year 2010. These earthquakes have impacted both urban as well as rural communities. By understanding the socio-economic conditions and the earthquake preparedness knowledge of the communities, it is possible to tailor solutions. Technical disciplines related to earthquake hazard and vulnerability reduction includes experts and professionals for seismology, geology, civil/structural/earthquake engineering, architecture, material manufacturer, insurance, private sector, law enforcement/ regulator, economist, urban-regional planner, construction artisan, risk management experts, media, community leaders, public policy among others.
The Comparison of China and India: National Innovation System
There are different development modes and connotation behind China and India’s fast economy growth. National Innovation System has built an effective frame of economy growth in knowledge-intensive orientated era. With the framework of National Innovation System, this paper analyzes China and India’s innovation system from three parts, including innovation environment subsystem, innovation operation subsystem and economy performance sub-system. Based on the comparison results, the paper provide some implications.
Indicators for urban environmental services in Lucknow – process and methods
This paper describes how community indicators were used in Lucknow to support a dialogue between representatives from communities lacking basic services and service providers. This led to agreement on the indicators needed to benchmark existing environmental conditions, monitor and evaluate the quality of urban services and set priorities for environmental improvements. It then describes how this draft indicator set was presented at a workshop that brought together service providers and community representatives and how they agreed on an indicator set. The paper ends with an analysis of what the collection of data for this indicator set showed and a discussion of lessons for future work in this area.