Dr Mittul Vahanvati

Mittul’s research focuses on the long-term impacts of housing reconstruction projects, the theory and practice of socio-ecological systems resilience and community-led approaches. Her field of research sites at the intersection of built environment and design, and human geography.

Mittul is a senior lecturer in Sustainability and Urban Planning discipline. Her research examines how disaster-related housing recovery efforts intersects with community resilience, emphasizing climate adaptation and diverse cultures in Australasia and the Pacific. Her research focuses on two key areas:

1) institutional level design and governance of recovery programs, and

2) the long-term impacts of these housing recovery efforts on capacity building for disaster- and climate-informed decision-making.

She employs collaborative methodologies in her work, engaging in co-design and collective knowledge creation, with various stakeholders to uphold housing as a human right and enhance resilience.

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