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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Real estate is a hugely contested asset in Mumbai. As part of its Mumbai as a City of Knowledge series, Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai recently hosted an exhibition from November 20-25 on the erstwhile mill lands of Girangaon documented through the eyes of the people who lived and worked there. The exhibition was inaugurated by Nandita Das, film artist and social activist, and followed by an opening panel discussion. The exhibition was based on ‘Mythologies of Mumbai,’ a seven-year project of PUKAR.
Most discussions on water supply and shortage in cities focus on rainfall, rivers, and piped water supply. Lakes rarely find a mention in this urban water story, though they form a significant part of the urban ecosystem, playing a crucial role in water storage, groundwater recharge, biodiversity, and as a buffer against floods. As part of its ongoing series investigating issues related to groundwater, the Center hosted a lecture by Dr. Veena Srinivasan, a Fellow at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE).
Municipal solid waste has tripled globally since 1950 and is expected to be six times greater by 2030. So, how will global cities manage their ever-increasing mounds of waste? One thing that clearly emerges from years of research is that we need to put an end to open dumping. Evidence for this argument was presented by Athanasios Bourtsalas, Adjunct Professor at the Earth and Environmental Engineering Department, Columbia University, and the Manager of the Earth Engineering Center at Columbia University.