Responding to Climate Change: India-UK Perspectives
School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering

Responding to Climate Change: India-UK Perspectives


Seminar held at School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi
16th-17th August 2010

Climate change requires a range of urgent international responses, however as the negotiations at Copenhagen in December 2009 highlight, agreeing a multi-lateral consensus faces major challenges. In such a context, the development of trans-national understanding of climate change impacts and responses offers an important contribution to the development of a broader agreement. Both the UK and India play important roles in the emergence of a common climate change response, India is the world’s second most populous country and faces dramatic rates of development, with associated global consequences for greenhouse gas emissions. While the UK is the first country in the world to adopt a legally binding framework for meeting climate change targets, as well as being a critical player in setting the climate change policy of the EU, the largest economy in the world.

In this context, a two-day seminar was held in Delhi in August 2010, bringing together academics from Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), one the UK’s leading universities, with a range of Indian partners to explore areas of mutual understanding and cooperation the field of climate change responses.

The aims of the seminar were:

  • To stimulate a UK-India cross-national understanding of the policy and research priorities for climate change action in the built environment and related disciplines;
  • To stimulate UK-India exchanges amongst academic staff and students around the theme of climate change;
  • To stimulate research collaboration between QUB and leading Indian researchers in the field of climate change responses.
  • To act as a catalyst to further climate change events involving UK and Indian researchers.


The event was sponsored by Queen’s University’s Institute for a Sustainable World and the School of Planning, Architecture & Civil Engineering, along with its Indian-based partners including the British Council, New Delhi and the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi.

The seminar was based around three key themes.

  • Climate Change and Governance: including the effectiveness of regulation, democracy and other institutional mechanisms for the transition to a more sustainable future.
  • Climate Change and Built-Environment: including the policy, practice and related technology of land use, water supply, solid and sewer management and transport including heritage protection and climate change.
  • Climate Change and Resource Management: including consumption and perception related to climate change and cross-national challenges to introduce necessary socio-cultural and adaptative changes.

It is hoped that this event will form the start of an ongoing relationship between UK and Indian researchers and it is hoped to update this via the website.

For more information contact the seminar organisers:

Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla
Dr. Geraint Ellis

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Responding to Climate Change: UK - India Perspectives

The 2nd International Conference will be held on the 20th & 21st June 2012 in the Queen's University Belfast.