Dr Mittul Vahanvati

Researcher in housing and human settlements, co-production of knowledge, disaster preparedness, post disaster recovery, community resilience and project management.

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
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Enhancing urban resilience to climate change impacts and natural disasters: Honiara

2019 (ongoing)

The overarching aim of this project is to enhance the resilience of the city and its inhabitants to current and future climate impacts and natural disasters.

Tarnagulla Community Resilience Action Plan


This project aims to develop a Resilience Action Plan with and for the Tarnagulla community.

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05 March 2020

As our cities evolve, so too should our approach to building and planning our urban habitats. Here, six RMIT urban researchers share how their work is shaping how we live in our cities and with nature.


Rebuilding from the ashes of disaster: this is what Australia can learn from India

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A key question facing us all after Australia’s unprecedented bushfires is how will we do reconstruction differently? We need to ensure our rebuilding and recovery efforts make us safer, protect our environment and improve our ability to cope with future disasters.


Meet Mittul Vahanvati: Expert in housing and community resilience

23 May 2019

The homes we live in, and the homes we’re building, are not what we need in a changing climate. Dr Mittul Vahanvati explains what this means and what we need to change to support climate resilience in Australia.


Seven ways climate change affects key Federal Election issues

06 May 2019

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Strengths and Challenges Report

Dr Mittul Vahanvati, Tarnagulla Alternative Energy Group

RMIT University and Tarnagulla Alternative Energy Group

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