skip to primary navigationskip to content

Prachi Acharya


Prachi Acharya joined the PhD programme at the Cambridge University Centre for Risk in the Built Environment (CURBE) in 2015. Her research seeks to examine ways to make building regulations more effective in low-income markets. It focuses on construction materials and methods in building codes and studies it in the context of social housing in Odisha, one of India's most disaster-prone and multi-dimensionally poor states. Her research is being supervised by Dr Emily So and advised by Prof Peter Guthrie

Prachi has a Bachelors of Architecture from the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT University), an MSc in Energy and Environment Studies in the Built Environment from the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), University of East London and a Certificate in Disaster Management from the International Federation of the Red Cross and Crescent Societies and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (IFRC-TISS). 

Prior to Cambridge, Prachi worked and volunteered in India, Sri Lanka and Eritrea. She has been a consultant to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Nepal Risk Reduction Consortium (NRRC), Owner-led Development and Reconstruction Collaborative (ODRC); interned at the National Institute for Urban Affairs (NIUA) and UNDP in India; and worked at multiple architecture firms.

She is a member of St. John's College. 

Research Interests

  • Disaster resilience and risk reduction
  • Inclusivity and flexibility in the built environment
  • Decision-making methods
  • Participatory Learning and Action
  • Sustainable construction materials and techniques

Key Publications

Prachi has contributed to institutional publications including: 

Kumar, H., Sarkar, A., Panda, R.C. & Nath, M. (2015). Appropriate Technologies – Sustainable Livelihoods: Lessons for Disaster Resilient Construction in Odisha. In: ACHARYA, P. (ed.). New Delhi: United Nations Development Programme [Available online]

Vatsa, K. and ACHARYA, P. (2016). Disaster Recovery Framework for India. New Delhi: Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and United Nations Development Programme (also published in: World Bank (2015). Guide to Developing Disaster Recovery Frameworks: Sendai Conference Version. p.75 – 79 [Available online] 

ODR Collaborative (expected 2016). Guidelines on Owner-driven Housing and Habitat Recovery in India. In: ACHARYA, P. (ed.). New Delhi: ODRC

ACHARYA, P. (2014). Bridging Post-Disaster Humanitarian Needs and Development Efforts. Policy note for Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. World Reconstruction Conference, Washington DC, 2015

NIUA (2014). Housing and Sustainability. In Sustainable Social Housing Initiatives in India: Policy and Financial Assessment. New Delhi: National Institute of Urban Affairs