Research Projects

The Mumbai Center develops, supports, and disseminates innovative and interdisciplinary research initiatives in partnership with faculty at Columbia University and regional experts and institutions.  The Center is committed to promoting President Lee C. Bollinger's vision of harnessing the strengths of academia and deepening its capacity to address key global challenges. Research activities at the Center are currently focused on four thematic areas that have deep global and regional significance, including (i) Environmental Sustainability (ii) Education, Culture, and Knowledge (iii) Health and Medicine and (iv) Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

  • Generativity in Deprived Urban Contexts; Older Adults’ Experiences in Slums in Mumbai, Nairobi, and among Haitian Immigrants in New York
    Ruth Finkelstein, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Columbia University Medical Center, Mailman School of Public Health and Kavita Sivaramakrishnan, Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health
  • Storm Surge Risk to Mumbai: A Challenge to Sustainable Urbanization in India's Largest City
    Adam Sobel, Professor, Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics and Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • Collaborations for Developing the Science Base for Improved Air Quality in India
    Ruth DeFries, Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development, The Earth Institute

Related News from the Center

June 29, 2020

Precision in Public Health

“40% of people living with HIV currently are not accessing treatment...to combat the spread of diseases, it is essential to gain access to the population, identify people at risk and provide treatment to such individuals", said Wafaa El Sadr, University Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, Columbia University, as she presented the Second Distinguished Yusuf Hamied Lecture organized by Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai on January 30, 2020.  

January 14, 2020

Drug Pricing and Policies in India

As India is considered the pharmacy of the developing world, the pricing of drugs within the country is a very important national and global issue. In the last two decades, several policies have been put in place to regulate pricing and access but the comprehensive impact of these policies is yet to be explored. On November 12, 2019, Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai hosted a panel discussion on the subject featuring two winners of Yusuf Hamied Fellowships.

January 14, 2020

Air Pollution and Health Hazards

“Around 3.8 million people die every year around the world due to ambient air pollution,” remarked Jeanine D’Armiento, Columbia University Professor of Medicine, at the opening session of a symposium on the topic held at Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai.  The symposium was one among multiple events organized at the Center between December 2-4, 2019, to deliberate the health impact and clinical significance of air pollution in India.

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