[CSH-CPR Urban Workshop #161] A survey of India’s heat action plans, and how they should improve (A. V. Pillai)

[CSH-CPR Urban Workshop #161] A survey of India’s heat action plans, and how they should improve (A. V. Pillai)

Event Details

The Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH) & Centre for Policy Research (CPR)

are pleased to invite you to an Urban Workshop (n°161)


Aditya Valiathan PILLAI

(Fellow, Centre for Policy Research)


A survey of India’s heat action plans, and how they should improve


Tuesday, 25 July 2023at 3:45 pm IST onwards

The event will be in hybrid mode at the CPR office (Conference Room, Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi) and over Zoom:

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The session will also be live-streamed on the CPR Facebook page. You can access it by clicking on the link above. In case of any issues and for queries, please email: urbanization@cprindia.org

About talk:

India’s heat action plans are an area of rapid policy diffusion and innovation. They have spread to at least 18 states, straddle state, city and locahttps://www.facebook.com/CentreforPolicyResearch/l governments, and propose a very broad range of solutions. However, in a recent study of 37 of these plans at CPR, we found that these plans fail to identify local vulnerabilities, have a very static conception of heat as a hazard, and fail to build robust institutions and financing mechanisms for implementation. Addressing these challenges is crucial to a country that will warm rapidly and experience more heatwave days in the coming decades.


Aditya Valiathan Pillai is a fellow with the Initiative for Climate, Energy and Environment (ICEE) at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR). He studies the social and economic consequences of climate impacts in India and South Asia, and the policies and institutions that can help adapt to these changes. He was previously a programme officer at The Asia Foundation, where he led the Foundation’s political economy research on transboundary river governance, regional electricity trade arrangements, and grain trade, and managed adaptation grants to civil society organizations.

This is the hundred and sixty-one (161) in a series of Urban Workshops planned by the Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), New Delhi and Centre for Policy Research (CPR). These workshops seek to provoke public discussion on issues relating to the development of the city and try to address all its facets including its administration, culture, economy, society and politics. For further information, please contact: Stéphanie Tawa Lama of CSH at tawalama@ehess.frMukta Naik at mukta@cprindia.org or Marie-Hélène Zerah at marie-helene.zerah@ird.fr

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