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Principal Investigators

Ronita Bardhan MINE

Dr Ronita Bardhan,
Department of Architecture,
University of Cambridge, UK

Ronita Bardhan is an architect and urban studies educator, with a PhD in Urban Engineering from The University of Tokyo, Japan. Ronita believes that data driven intelligence of built environments can effectively address the sustainability goals. She works in the niche sector of sustainable built environment to inform health and energy decisions. Bardhan uses data-driven methods that couples Architectural Engineering, AI and machine Learning with social sciences to provided built environment solutions for health in resources constraint societies. Her tractable research informs demand-side design solutions which positively affects well-being, energy security, and gender equality while entailing fewer environmental risks. Dr Bardhan is Director of MPhil in Architecture and Urban Studies (MAUS) and leads the Sustainable Design Group at the Martin Centre at the Department of Architecture. She is Director of Studies and Fellow in Architecture at Selwyn College in Cambridge.

Jacquleen Joseph

Dr Jacquleen Joseph,
Centre for Disaster Management,
Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies, India

Jacquleen Joseph has a MPhil and PhD in Psychiatric Social Work from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences(NIMHANS), Bangalore. She has been associated with JTSDS since its inception and was also the Dean of the school from 2015 to 2017. Her research, field action and teaching at the centre is around Psychosocial Care and Support in Disaster and Humanitarian Contexts. Tsunami 2004, Mumbai Terror Attack 2008, Zaveri Bazar Blast 2011, AMRI hospital fire 2011, Assam Conflict 2012, Nepal Earthquake 2015 and COVID 19 are the recent disasters where she continues long term engagement through research and field action in the psychosocial domain. She has been a social work faculty before moving into the field of disaster management. Some of the recent research and mobility grants received are : Disaster Resilience Leadership Research and Fellowship Project (B&G research grants 2017 - 19), UKIERI - Study in India Programme (British Council, Virtual Mobility grant, 2020), Transboundary Water Governance and Capaciy Building for Civic Engagement(ICIMOD – HUC Research Networking Grant, 2021), Epidemic Prediction and Risk Reduction using AI/ML (Newton Bhabha Research Networking Grant, 2021- 22), Disaster Risk Creation in Urban Resettlement Processes, Independent Research Fund Denmark / Social Sciences (Independent Research Fund Denmark - 2021 - 25), among others. Her other areas of interest and work focus on disaster risk, vulnerability and recovery, vulnerability assessment and indices, disaster resilience leadership, civic engagement for transboundary water governance, among others.



Jaideep Prabhu

Professor Jaideep Prabhu,
Judge Business School,
University of Cambridge, UK

Jaideep Prabhu is Professor of Marketing, Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business and Enterprise, and Director of the Centre for India and Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He has published in and is on the editorial board of leading journals such as the Journal of Marketing. He has appeared on BBC News24, BBC Radio 4 and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and has been profiled in BusinessWeek, BBC World Service, The Economist, The Financial Times, Le Monde, The New York Times and The Times. He has consulted with executives from Bertelsmann, Barclays, BP, BRAC, BT, GE, IBM, ING Bank, M&S, the NHS, Pearson, Roche, Shell, Siemens, Unilever and Vodafone. He is the co-author of Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth, described by The Economist as “the most comprehensive book yet” on the subject of frugal innovation. His 2015 book Frugal Innovation: How to do Better with Less won the CMI’s Management Book of the Year Award 2016. His most recent book How Should a Government Be: The New Levers of State Power was published in February 2021.

Rangan Banerjee

Professor Rangan Banerjee,
Department of Energy Science,
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India

Rangan Banerjee is the Forbes Marshall Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Energy Science and Engineering at IIT Bombay - a Department that he helped start in 2007. His areas of interest include energy management, modelling of energy systems, energy planning and policy, hydrogen energy and fuel cells. He was a member of the TIFAC Technology Vision 2035 - Apex Committee and Chairman of the Energy Technology Theme. He was a Convening Lead Analyst for Industrial End Use Efficiency and a member of the executive committee for the Global Energy Assessment (2008-2011) coordinated by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. He was a Member of International committee to review UK's Energy Research Programme in 2010 (RCUK Review of Energy). He was a member of the Working Group on New and Renewable Energy for the Elleventh and Twelfth Five Year Plans and a member of the Planning Commission's Integrated Energy Policy. He has been involved in advising the city, state regulatory commission and energy agency, Planning commission, Niti Aayog, MNRE on energy issues.

Samuel Yutong Cai

Dr. Samuel Yutong Cai,
Senior Epidemiologist,
Nuffield Department of Women’s and Reproductive Health, University of Oxford, UK

Field of Expertise: Environment epidemiology, harnessing data science to better inform environmental health policy-making.

Peehu Pardesi

Dr Peehu Pardesi,
Assistant Professor,
Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies, India

Dr. Peehu Pardeshi holds a Ph.D. in Biosciences from IIT Bombay. She has transitioned from fundamental biology fields of microbiology and biochemistry to interdisciplinary fields of public health and disaster management. She has worked with the organization DOCTORS FOR YOU as Research Director and implemented public health projects on topics ranging from tuberculosis and anemia to flood response and recovery. She has also taught life sciences at St. Xavier’s college, Mumbai. At present, she is an Assistant Professor at the Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She teaches courses on public health, ecosystems and habitat, introduction to disasters, hazards and risk as well as quantitative tools for data analysis. Her current research focus is on biosocial determinants of health among urban poor as well as inequities in access to healthcare as a source of vulnerability.

Anant Bhan

Dr. Anant Bhan,
Adjunct Professor,
Department of Forensic medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India

Anant Bhan is a physician with a masters’ degree in bioethics from the University of Toronto. He is a researcher in global health, bioethics and health policy. He is also Adjunct Professor, Yenepoya (deemed to be University), Mangalore, India and Adjunct Faculty, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India. Anant is Past President, International Association of Bioethics. His work is focused on ethics and equity in health, mental health, digital health, public health ethics, research ethics, community engagement, ethics of innovative technologies and ethics training for professionals. Anant is based at Bhopal, India.

Anirvan Chatterjee

Dr. Anirvan Chatterjee.
Founder and Chief Executive officer
Haystacks Analytics Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai, India

Prior to Co-Founding HaystackAnalytics, Dr. Anirvan Chatterjee was a PDF in the Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. In his research career, Dr Anirvan Chatterjee has made significant contributions to the fields of molecular epidemiology, public health, evolutionary biology and infectious diseases. His work in Tuberculosis was critical in elucidating the way in which bacteria rapidly acquire resistance to antibiotics and how that results in epidemic and pandemics. Over the 15+ years of his research, he has continuously been on the edge of developing new, highthroughput technologies, for detecting, discovering and diagnosing bacteria and viruses. Along with Prof. Kiran Kondabagil, he created the automated genomic algorithm and computational framework for culture free discovery of new viruses, bacteria and other pathogens. He was part of the team at University of Oxford which developed the global first population scale genomic diagnostics of Tuberculosis for the National Health Services, UK. He is a recipient of several prestigious awards and fellowship, including the Novozymes and the Holck – Larsen Fellowship and the Tata Independent Research Grant. As a Co-Founder at HaystackAnalytics, he leads the integration of computer science, molecular biology and public health. His work is focused to reduce the cost of sequencing and democratizing clinical genomics, by making it widely accessible through ready to use software. His vision is to truly create the new era of personalized healthcare, where each human being can sequence their own genome and analyze them regularly for early detection of diseases. He believes, within the next decade, automation in healthcare will enable every human, irrespective of their socioeconomic status, to have equal access accurate diagnostics and personalized medicine.


D Parthasarathy

Professor D.Parthasarathy,
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences,
The interdisciplinary programme (IDP) in Climate Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India

Field of Expertise: Urban Studies, Development Studies, Law and Governance, Legal Pluralism, Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change, Gender and Development, Disaster Studies


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