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Slide 1: Adam Sobel
Slide 2: Ruth DeFries
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
To have clearer skies over our cities is an aspiration of environmental groups and conscious citizens around the world. The disruption in polluting activities during the recent COVID-19 lockdown has given us hope for a world with improved air quality. But how can this be achieved?
Even as India has policies aimed at universal access to safe water, adequate infrastructure and achieving economies of scale in supply and delivery remain a challenge. This panel discussion aimed to understand the issue of water stress in urban India.
“The relationship between income and health is a gradient; every step up the occupational ladder, improves life expectancy,” remarked Professor Gita Sen, Public Health Foundation of India, as she presented the Second Annual Yusuf Hamied Distinguished Lecture by a leading expert from India.
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