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 five thematic areas that have deep global and regional significance, including (i) Water Access and Management (ii) Sustainable Urbanization (iii) Education, Culture, and Knowledge (iv) Health and Medicine and (v) Economics 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

September 07, 2018

Addressing Nutrition in India

During India’s National Nutrition Month in September, the Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai organized two notable workshops that were designed to deliberate on the country’s most pressing nutrition concerns.  Today, India is clearly in the midst of a “nutrition transition,” from a situation in which undernutrition was the only concern for the country to one in which over-nutrition, obesity, and other nutrition-related non-communicable diseases are becoming equally prominent.

May 03, 2018

Training Policymakers on River Management

With a view to providing senior government stakeholders new perspectives on managing river basins in India, Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai organized a series of lectures and trainings from April–May, 2018. The sessions were led by Dr. Anthony Acciavatti, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, who spent over a decade mapping the Ganga River Basin.

January 19, 2018

Incentivizing Safe Drinking Water in Rural India

Arsenic contamination of groundwater has been recorded in more than 150 districts across 21 states in India and includes rural areas, where piped water supply is limited. Exposure to arsenic can inhibit intellectual development in children, cause severe skin lesions and even lead to fatal cardiovascular disease and cancers. Much of this risk, however, can be mitigated. According to Alexander Van Geen, Lamont Research Professor and member of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, “Arsenic contamination is highly localized.

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