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


John Barry

Dr. John Barry is Reader in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy and Associate Director of the Institute for a Sustainable World at Queens University Belfast. He has written extensively about normative aspects of the politics and ethics of sustainability, citizenship and sustainability, the political economy of sustainability and the politics of renewable energy, climate change and the transition to a low carbon economy.

While based within social science, he approaches issues around un/sustainability such as climate change from an explicitly interdisciplinary perspective. His publications, include: Rethinking Green Politics: Nature, Virtue, Progress (Sage, 1999) [Winner of the PSA's WJM Mackenzie Prize for best book published in political science 1999]; Environment and Social Theory, 2nd edition (Routledge, 2007), with John Proops, Citizenship, Sustainability and Environmental Research, (Edward Elgar, 2000); and has co-edited (with Marcel Wissenburg), Sustaining Liberal Democracy: Ecological Challenges and Opportunities, (Palgrave, 2001); (with Gene Frankland) The International Encyclopedia of Environmental Politics, (Routledge, 2001); (with Robyn Eckersley), The State and the Global Ecological Crisis (MIT Press, 2005).

He is also co-editor of the journal Environmental Politics. He has just completed a draft book entitled Vulnerability, Sustainability and Green Politics: The Coming Politics of Resilience, Resistance and Green Republicanism and has just started on another book entitled Green Politics in Ireland: Political Economy, Unsustainability and Hope on a Carbon-Constrained, Climate-Changed Island.

Robin Curry

Dr Robin Curry is a Senior Research Fellow with the School of Planning Architecture and Civil Engineering (SPACE) at Queens University Belfast and a Director of SRI Research Ltd. His research interests lie around the use of measurement and modelling to support policy making, with a particular focus on how tools such as Material Flow Analysis or Life Cycle Analysis can be combined with methods from the social and economic sciences to facilitate their uptake and use by policy makers. Robin has developed and delivered a range of high impact applied research projects within the fields of waste, resource management and sustainability, including national Material Flow Accounts and Ecological Footprints for Ireland and Northern Ireland. Robin is currently Principal Investigator on the EPA Ireland STRIVE (Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for the Environment) project ‘INTRAWaste, Development of an Integrated Waste Management Life Cycle Analysis and Carbon Footprinting Tool for Ireland’, and was previously PI on ‘Island Limits, the Material Flow Analysis and Ecological Footprint of Ireland’ and Technical Advisor on ‘SAMFA: A GIS application of material flow analysis in Ireland.’ Robin has presented the outputs of his research at a range of international conferences and published papers in a range of peer reviewed journals. He is a member of the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE) and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA).

Amit Dhorde

Dr. Amit Dhorde is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, University of Pune, India. His research interests are in the field of climatology, particularly in assessment of climatic trends. Dr. Dhorde conducted his doctoral research on long-term trends of selected weather parameters at major cities of India. He received his Ph.D in the year 2007 from the University of Pune. Currently he is working on a research project investigating extremes in temperature and rainfall over southern India. He has also studied changes in land surface temperature associated with changing land use of the Pune city using satellite data. His research interests also include urban hydrology and urban environmental changes using remote sensing and geographical information systems. He is involved in an ISRO sponsored major research project on growth of impervious surface and its effect on run-off. Till date he has completed three research projects.

Dr. Dhorde’s work is documented in nine scientific papers in various refereed journals. He regularly presents his research findings at scientific meetings held nationally and internationally. Recently Dr. Dhorde presented a paper at climate conference held in Copenhagen, Denmark in March 2009. He is appointed on the governing council of the Institute of Indian Geographers. He is also member of the Indian Meteorological Society, Deccan Geographical Society and Geographical Society of India. He also worked as an associate editor for The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses.

Meenakshi Dhote

Prof. Meenakshi Dhote is Professor and Head of the Department of Environmental Planning and School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and Co-ordinator of the ENVIS Centre on Human Settlements. She has a B.Arch,  M.LArch and PhD from SPA.   She has 20 years  of professional, research and teaching experience in the field of  Environmental Planning, with  areas of special interest, including conservation of biodiversity in urbanized environment and hill area development. She has undertaken a number of major projects including Environmental factors of urban development around  lakes and their catchments, case study of Udaipur 1990, MoEF; Sarawati Ghat Development, Allahabad 1987, Ganga Action Plan; Environmental Assessment of Mayur Vihar District Centre, Delhi  1989; Dwarka sub-city , Delhi Development Authority 1990; Regional Environmental Assessment of Watersheds in Siwalik Hills; IWDP and World Bank 1998; EcoCity Development Plan, Puri , CPCB  and GTZ  2004, Techniques for sustainable development of Mountain Settlements, MHRD, 2005, EIA of  New Townships LIDA, UP 2006. She has written 25 technical papers in National & International journals, national and international conferences and seminars.

Geraint Ellis

Dr. Geraint Ellis is Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Environment and Spatial Planning and a board member of the Institute for a Sustainable World at Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB). He is a graduate of the Universities of Cardiff, Birmingham and Reading and began his career working for community and environmental organisations in the east end of London. During the mid-1990s he worked as a planning and community development advisor to the Government of Lesotho in Southern Africa, after which he returned to practice in urban regeneration in London.  He joined QUB in 1998.

He is a member of the UK Sustainable Development Panel, an advisor to the Centre for Education in the Built Environment (CEBE) and was a member of the NI Sustainable Development Think Tank. He is also active a Board Director of Sustainable NI and Belfast Healthy Cities and has external examining posts at Cardiff University, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen and Leeds Metropolitan University.

His main research interests include sustainable development, environmental ethics and equality issues in planning. He has published on a range of topics that has included Travellers and planning, third party planning appeals and the nature of public opposition to wind farms. He was awarded the European Planning Studies Prize in 2002 and QUB awards for excellence in teaching in 2002 and 2006.

A. K. Gosain

Dr. A. K. Gosain, is a Professor and Head of the Civil Engineering Department, IIT Delhi. Prof. Gosain has been associated with research and development work in the area of hydrological modeling, water management, climate change impact assessment, Geographic Information System, and many allied areas. Some of the recent works of Prof. Gosain include contribution to the NATCOM – National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Prof. Gosain and his team undertook the segment on Vulnerability Assessment & Adaptation for Water Sector and quantified the possible impact of climate change on water resources of the country.

Shubham Mishra

Shubham Mishra has a background in geography and urban planning. As an independent researcher, his previous research has included an enquiry into the state of resettlement colonies of Delhi and the condition of construction workers in the National Capital Region (NCR) during the global economic meltdown. Since April 2009, he has taught the use of geographical information systems (GIS) in urban and regional planning in School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) as a visiting faculty. Currently, he is working with GTZ (German Technical Cooperation) on projects related to sanitation in Delhi and Varanasi.

Prabir Purukayastha

Prabir Purukayastha is an engineer and a science activist in the power, telecom, software sectors. He is one of the founding members of Delhi Science Forum and its Secretary. He has written and published extensively on a variety of science and technology policy issues in leading journals and newspapers including Economic and Political Weekly and The Times of India. He is author (along with Vijay Prasad) of Enron Blowout: Corporate Capitalism and Theft of the Global Commons (Leftword, New Delhi 2002).

Ambuj Sagar

Prof. Ambuj Sagar is the Vipula and Mahesh Chaturvedi Professor of Policy Studies at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.  Ambuj's interests lie in science and technology policy, environmental policy, and development policy, with a particular focus on the interactions between technology and society. While his current research focuses mainly on energy innovation and climate policy, he also studies, more broadly, various facets of technology innovation, environmental policy politics and processes, and engineering education and research. 

His recent papers have dealt with energy innovation policy and strategies (in areas such as biofuels, coal-power, and automobiles), climate change policy, and capacity development for the environment.  He has worked with various agencies of the Indian Government, with international organizations, as well as with other private and public-sector organizations in the US (including as a staff researcher for a major study on energy R&D for the White House). 

Prof. Ambuj Sagar did his undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at IIT Delhi and subsequently received a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Technology and an M.S. in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He was a Senior Research Associate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Assistant Dean for Strategic Planning at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard before joining IIT Delhi last year.

Sudhanshu Sinha

Dr. Sudhanshu Sinha is a Cambridge Nehru Scholar of 1993 batch and holds a Ph.D in Environmental Management from Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, where he received numerous awards and bursaries including a ‘Cambridge Philosophical Society Award’ for a promising piece of research work on the Ganga River. He also completed a Course on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok. Dr. Sinha is widely travelled and has over 18 years of environmental and Climate change work experience with various international, national and grassroots organisations. He is a M.Sc and Ph.D thesis examiner to many institutions in India and abroad. Dr. Sinha is the member of various committees on National Green/Climate Awards for Young people.

Dr. Sinha is currently Head of Regional Climate Security Project (India and Sri Lanka) at the British Council, N. Delhi. Previously he  worked with United Nations, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and American Field Service (AFS) – India.

Bernard Smith

Prof. Bernard Smith is a Professor of Tropical Geomorphology at Queen’s University Belfast where he has worked since 1979.  Previously, he worked briefly as a soil surveyor in the Ivory Coast and then as a lecturer in Northern Nigeria, after obtaining both an undergraduate degree and Ph.D. at the University of Reading for work on slope evolution in the northwest Sahara related to long-term climate change.  Prof. Bernard Smith's  research interests lie mainly in the field of rock weathering processes in natural and built environments, including the conservation of built and natural heritage. Particular topics of interest include weathering in hot deserts and the simulation of weathering processes, the karst of arid lands, processes responsible for the formation of desert loess, the geochemistry of urban sediments, and palaeoweathering and palaeosurfaces (previously UK correspondent for IGCP 317 in this area). Within BSG/BGRG he was a previous member of the Executive and the awards Committee, as well as helping to run the Windsor postgraduate workshop for many years.

He has worked on numerous landscape projects, ranging from the geodiversity and biodiversity profiling of Landscape Character Areas for Northern Ireland to the management of erosion hazard at the Causeway Coast and in the Mourne Mountains, and was part of the team that prepared the World Heritage Site Management Plan for the Giant’s Causeway.  This work has included acting in an advisory capacity to the Environment and Heritage Service NI on landscape issues and he is a member of the Council for Nature Conservation and Countryside (CNCC), Deputy Chair of the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site management committee, member of the interdepartmental committee to formulate National Park legislation for Northern Ireland and member of the Northern Ireland Biodiversity Group.  In recent years , he has also acted for IUCN as an evaluator for natural World Heritage Site inscription, was part of an international team that advised the government of Taiwan on landscape conservation and has recently become a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas.

In addition, to landscape studies he is part of the Weathering Research Group within Queen’s and have worked on stone decay and conservation projects in Venice, Budapest, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, Dublin and Belfast and acted as an adviser to the Getty Conservation Institute on salt damage to buildings.  Research Council funded projects have included an examination of how pollution modifies stone surfaces, the combined effects of frost and salt, a study of what makes stonework prone to rapid, catastrophic decay – and what can be done to turn it off, and a joint project with Oxford and City Universities to examine the rapid decay of building limestones. Other recent projects include one to study the long-term behaviour of stone in different environments within Northern Ireland that won a UK national Knowledge Transfer  Award and an EU funded project to establish a Natural Stone Database for Northern Ireland. Current work includes an EPSRC funded study with Oxford and CEH of climate change impacts on building stone, an NERC funded Knowledge Transfer  award project to develop strategies for the non-destructive testing of stone and an AHRC/EPSRC network on the resilience of heritage in response to environmental and societal change.

Suresh Kumar Rohilla

Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla is Senior Coordinator – Water Programme and Team Leader, Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Water Management – of the Ministry of Urban Development at the Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi .  He is a visiting research fellow at the School of Planning, Architecture & Civil Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast.

He holds a doctoral degree from Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has postgraduate degrees in Regional Planning from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and Geography from Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is British Chevening Fellow Year 2001 - trained in the area of Environmental Management at the University of Bradford, UK.  He has over 17 years of experience in research, teaching / training and implementation of technical projects – in particular   planning and development for sustainable water, drainage and sanitation in urban areas.  Some of  previous assignments include: Director of Environment and Development, WWF India (2008-2010); Associate Professor in Environment Area, ASCI, Hyderabad (2007-08); Lecturer in Sustainability and Environmental Management, University of Bradford(UK); Assistant  Director, National Capital Region Planning Board, Ministry of  Urban Development (1997-2002) and Director, Natural Heritage Division at Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), New Delhi (1994-97). 

He is currently a member of the Environmental Appraisal Committee for clearance of  Infrastructure, Construction, Industrial Estate and other projects requiring clearance under Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) and also Member, Executive Committee of U.P State Ganga River Basin Authority.

Charlie Walker

Charlie Walker graduated from Queen's College, Oxford and later joined the British Council in 1992 and has managed English and Educational programmes in Cairo, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, before becoming Director of the British Council in Karachi in 2001.  In that post, and as Director British Council Jordan for the last 4 years, he concentrated on the area of Governance and Society, and in particular on the design and development of programmes in youth leadership and community engagement.  He was awarded an MBE in the Queen's 80th Birthday Honours for his services to the British Council.  Charlie joined British Council India as Director of Programmes for the region in August 2009.

Marie – Hélène Zérah

Marie – Hélène Zérah is a Ph.D. holder in Urban Studies from the Paris Institute of Urban Studies. She is currently a Senior Researcher with the Institute of Research for Development (Paris) and is deputed to the Centre de Sciences Humaines of New Delhi. She previously worked with the Water and Sanitation Program of the World Bank and with Ondeo (Suez Group). She is also a consultant for a number of organisations, including the European Union. She has worked extensively in the area of water supply and sanitation in Indian cities as well as other urban services. Recently, her more recent research interests concern the shifts in urban governance in India. She has published two books.