Research project Climate change, rapid urbanization and widespread poverty pose a threat to many growing cities, especially in India, where heat waves and other extreme weather events are frequent hazards to human health.
Rapidly growing cities in Odisha State, India, are prone to climate-change related events such as flooding, heat waves and cyclones. There is an urgent need to increase urban public health resilience by developing location-specific adaptation plans. Our multidisciplinary team will during the one-year networking period identify research and adaptation needs, and finally present a full project proposal to enhance urban resilience to climate risks in Cuttack, Odisha State. We will use a systems approach, collaborate with local stakeholders and communities, and build capacity by involving PhD students. This networking grant will enable our team to develop the project proposal, and strengthen ties between Umeå University, Sweden, and with TERI University, India, for long-term collaboration.