Mittul specialises in post-disaster shelter and housing program design, carving pathways for long-term community resilience.
She is currently working with regional communities in Victoria (Australia) to co-produce their resilience action plan; and through the UN-Habitat’s “Enhancing urban resilience to climate change impacts and natural disasters” in Honiara, Mittul, along with Yazid Bin Ninsalam and Ata Tara, is delivering the ‘Climate Resilient Spaces – nature based solutions’ work package, which adopts co-design and co-production (co-creation) of knowledge approach.
Prior to entering in research, Mittul worked in architecture industry and as a tutor and lecturer for more than seven years. She continues to develop a bridge between industry and academic silos. Some of the courses she has taught are like “Rural Studio” enabling University students in experiential design+build studios, international humanitarian study tours or addressing climate change at local and micro scale in partnership with local Council.
Mittul is a lecturer at RMIT’s Sustainability and Urban Planning and PhD supervisor.
Her core strengths are:
- Long-term reliability of housing projects
- Developing countries
- Strategies for design+built projects
- Humanitarian- Development nexus
- Prevention- Resilience nexus
- Co-production of knowledge
- Community participatory appraisal
- Action research, that is interdisciplinary, intersectoral and cross-cultural setting