Public Engagement

The Mumbai Center organizes several lectures, panels, workshops, and creative programs to make academic knowledge more accessible to a diverse audience. Through forums and training workshops, we share research evidence and global best practices with government and civil society organizations to foster informed decision-making. Functioning as a network, we link faculty and experts at Columbia University and other Columbia Global Centers with regional scholars, government, alumni, civil and private sector organizations, students, and innovators.

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July 06, 2018

A New Initiative on Urban Workspaces

Studies and design challenges on the features of innovative workplaces have been primarily focused on US and European contexts. In light of this, Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science is partnering with Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai to launch the Urban Works Innovation Challenge – a multi-year collaborative design challenge to boost the current and future potential of the Indian workforce. Supported by the RMZ Foundation, the initiative will address the critical need to transform 21st-century workspaces.

May 29, 2018

The Health Burden of Air Pollution

“Outdoor air pollution is the second leading risk factor for mortality in India. Nearly one million lives are lost prematurely in India to air pollution,” said Dr. Alexandra Karambelas, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Earth Institute, Columbia University. Her lecture at the Center in May drew linkages between energy emissions, air quality and health outcomes and emphasized the need for better monitoring of air quality in India in order to draw up appropriate mitigation strategies.

May 16, 2018

Data and the Mumbai Film Industry

Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai organized a public lecture in May by Tejaswini Ganti, Associate Professor, New York University. Based on over two decades of expansive study of media industries and commercial Hindi film production in Mumbai, her talk demonstrated the value of embracing the element of uncertainty and critically examining claims on market data to arrive at a more holistic understanding of the industry. The lecture was organized as part of the Center’s Mumbai as a City of Knowledge initiative.