Guest Lectures by faculties from University College London


Date: Feb. 17, 2021 - Feb. 18, 2021

Lecture 1:

Sustainable development and inequalities: examples from urban informal settlements

Dr. David Osrin,

Professor of Global Health at UCL and a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science.

Wednesday 17th Feb, 5:30-6:30 PM


UCL Alumni Lecture 1:

Architecture for the public realm

Mayuri Sisodia

Wednesday 17th Feb, 6:30-7:30 PM


Lecture 2:

The role of infrastructure in addressing SDGs

Dr. Priti Parikh,

Associate Professor at Faculty of the Built Environment

Thursday 18th Feb, 5:30-6:30 PM

UCL Alumni Lecture 2:

Sustainability, Climate Change Action & Challenges to Addressing Water Issues

Kshitij Amodekar

Role of Obligated CSR in Sustainable Development in India

Ekinath Khedekar

Thursday 18th Feb, 6:30-7:30 PM


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More information on the speakers:

Dr. David Osrin

Professor David Osrin is Professor of Global Health at UCL and a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science. Based in Mumbai since 2004, he works in an urban health research collaboration with SNEHA (the Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action). Dr. Osrin's current research focus is on prevention of violence against women in India. His interests include evaluation of community-based programmes through a range of methodologies such as cluster randomised controlled trials. He has a track record of research into maternal and newborn care and outcomes in poor communities, low birth weight, nutritional interventions to improve newborn survival, community mobilisation through participatory interventions, health service interventions to improve the quality and outcomes of maternal and neonatal care, field surveillance systems for public health indicators, and large-scale evaluation of public health interventions. He has conceived and collaborated on a number of cluster randomized controlled trials to improve newborn health and survival, in India, Nepal and Malawi. In recent years he has become increasingly involved in research on urban health, particularly of women and children in vulnerable communities. His primary current collaboration is with the Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action (SNEHA) in Mumbai, India.

Dr. Osrin has been teaching at UCL since 1999. He coordinated the UCL MSc module on perinatal epidemiology and newborn care until 2013, supervises PhD students and is a member of ethical and examination boards. He has been coordinating the UCL MSc module on urban health since 2014. He has contributed to the MRCPCH Mastercourse designed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and textbooks of neonatology, maternity care in low-income countries and global health.

Dr. Priti Parikh

Dr. Parikh won the Provost Education Award in 2018 for her contribution to engineering education particularly for engineering and international development. Dr. Parikh set up the MSc in Engineering for International Development with a view of equipping engineering with the skill sets required to address global challenges and provide appropriate infrastructure solutions in resource challenged settings in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. She also set up and now leads the Engineering for International Development Research Centre (

She has substantial industry experience in India and also a research based in infrastructure planning for cities to cover the areas of financial planning, institutional frameworks and societal impact. She has substantial in-country experience in South Asia, Africa and UK working with local governments and slum communities and has led multi- sectoral projects at both city and community scale. She is Chair of the Editorial Panel for ICE's Engineering Sustainability Journal and was invited to join the board of Trustees for Happold Foundation and Engineer's Against Poverty. In 2019, she was recognised as an Engineers Without Borders Changemaker.


Mayuri Sisodia

Mayuri Sisodia is an Architect & Urban Designer based in Mumbai. With Kalpit Ashar she has co-founded ‘MAD(E) IN MUMBAI’ a design practice that works within various cities & villages in India.

They find traditional notion of architecture as ‘buildings’ limiting, and are working to push the boundaries of the definition and the discipline to appropriately include cycles of everyday lives, institutional framework & participatory processes. The mission of her studio lies in transforming every day mundane experience of our cities into holistic & fulfilling experience through the medium of Design.

Some of the key projects of the firm includes ‘The Toilet Manifesto’, the project that reimagined Architecture of Sanitation Infrastructure in various cities of India. Her practice was appointed by Directorate of Local Bodies, Rajasthan to design sanitation infrastructure for 7 cities of State of Rajasthan. Her firm was also appointed by Municipal corporation of Mumbai to design historic ‘Grant Road’ under Mumbai Street Lab initiative.

Educated at KRVIA, Mumbai & University College London, she teaches regularly at Architecture Institutes in Mumbai. She has exhibited her work at Tallinn Architecture Biennale & ‘Design in an Age of Crisis’ Exhibition organized by London Design Biennale & Chatham House.

Her practice has won many Design competitions, that include, ‘Revitalization of Banganga Crematorium’, ‘Rethinking Kalanagar Traffic Junction’ by BMW Guggenheim Lab, ‘Flood Resilient Housing Competition’, ‘Village 2047’ Competition, ‘Mumbai Street Lab’ Street Design Competition’ organized by MCGM & WRI, ‘You & your Neighborhood Competition’ organized by Charles Correa Foundation. They have also received ‘Social Innovator’s Award’ Ministry of External Affairs, India.

In preparation for Mayuri’s session, please watch the following video which gives context to one of the Studio Projects that she speak of on the 17th. The project is titled 'Colliding Domains' and deals with Street Design one of key arterial Roads of Old city of Mumbai. The project is under construction currently. Through this project hopes to open up discussion on how sustainable Public Realms could be understood, mapped, drawn & designed.

Kshitij Amodekar

Kshitij Amodekar is an experienced sustainability leader & Architect with over 13 years working in the built environment leading teams and projects ranging from Urban Sustainability Plans through to Zero energy buildings and Corporate Sustainability Policy. He has expertise in climate resilient design for buildings, master plans and cities. He works with the inspiration to evolve current business practices and design approach to cater to environment and sustainability to achieve targets for Sustainable Development Goals by United Nations.

He has worked in policy framework and design strategies for diverse projects from urban scale to building scale. He is devoted to the cause of reduction of GHG emissions to mitigate climate change impacts through the sustainable business policies, Renewable energy, building design (active and passive) and LZC (low or zero carbon technology). People-centric designs are revolutionary in achieving not just health and well-being of occupants but also greatly reduce carbon footprint of the built spaces.

The latest developments have led him to believe that natural resource depletion along with socio-economic imbalance including food security are critical issues. This calls for businesses and built environment to adopt regenerative approach. This ecological approach of “doing more good” rather than doing “less harm” contribute to the well-being of Human, Social, Natural Capitals in a built environment. Hence, various sectors like manufacturing, agriculture, transport, commercial etc are transitioning from high energy intensive/high emission to low-carbon/no emission mode of operation. This involves technological innovations to be incorporated with careful planning at the same time ensure people focused SGDs like equity, justice, gender equality, hunger and poverty alleviation.

Kshitij has a multidisciplinary experience, projects across the world like Wuxi Housing (China), Graylingwell Masterplan, UK (Zero Carbon Housing), Dubai Green Building Guidelines and Masdar (Abu Dhabi). Successfully forming a link between Architects, Engineers and Consultants. He is expert at managing and sustainable development projects by virtue of his wide expertise in various fields of design, renewable energy, technical and social sustainability issues etc. Kshitij is committed for working towards sustainable development Incorporating renewable energy and low energy design. This has given him insights in the world of business and deep understanding of development of business along with socio-economic-ecology capital management.

Kshitij is currently based at Krea University where he has helped to shape the institutional pathway for an immersive learning campus and a sustainable future.

Ekinath Khedekar

Ekinath Khedekar spent nine years at Reliance Power Ltd, most recently

heading up CSR for the organisation. He will shortly take up his new role as the Global Lead for Supplier Diversity at Wipro Limited.

He is the first Indian blind UK Chevening Scholar and holds double masters in Sustainability from University College London and the MBA Finance from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies. Prior to that, he completed his Bachelors in Economics, and the LLB from Mumbai University.

He strongly relates with Sir David Attenborough’s premise that iradicating poverty will invariably stem population growth on the planet, thereby helping the cause of climate action.

During his session this week, he will highlight role of obligated CSR in sustainable development in India and underline the important role of marginalised population in the fight against climate change