[CODATA-international] Register Now: Webinar 5: Urban Data Observatory Framework and ClimateSmart City Assessment Framework in India

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Thu Jun 25 08:58:06 EDT 2020

Date: 30th June 2020
Time: 4:00 pm (IST)
Duration: 45 min session and 15 min Question Answers (Total 1 hour)
Registration Link:

The rapid pace of urbanization in India demands that cities use data in a
strategic manner to ensure sustainable and resilient development. This
requires an intervention at the city level to facilitate the use of
information for decision support through tools like data observatories.
Through the research conducted by the Urban Resilience Unit, we can infer
that cities need support with decision-making and using data effectively.
The economic and social cost of urban decision making does prove the case
for design of decision frameworks and establishment of data observatories
to support Indian cities. Through this presentation, the author will
highlight global case studies in which data observatories have facilitated
smart decision making to reduce citywide and community risks to shocks and
stresses. The author will also discuss the status of Indian cities and
initiatives undertaken by the Indian national Government to promote
data-informed decision making within urban governance.

Name of the Speaker: Dr. Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar
Designation: Chair, Urban Resilience
Affiliation: National Institute of Urban Affairs

Dr. Rajasekar has over 15 years of professional experience in developing
urban policy, spatial-temporal data analysis, visualisation, hazard risk
modelling, climate change analysis, institutional analysis, adaptation &
mitigation plans for governments, INGOs, bi-lateral and multilateral
agencies. As a team leader and project manager he has spearheaded
pioneering data informed policy efforts in India including implementation
of end to end early warning systems for urban floods, establishment of
urban health and climate resilience centre, development of urban disease
surveillance system, mainstreaming of urban service monitoring systems,
conduct of urban risk analysis and preparation of city resilience
strategies. His recent work with Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
government of India, AFD, Asian Development Bank, DFiD, GIZ, Rockefeller
Foundation, SDC, UNDP and WHO are targeted towards bridging the gap between
technology and society to enable informed decision making in a changing
environment across 100 smart cities.

His work has been published as peer reviewed journal articles, technical
reports and has been presented at international forums and has been
commended in the form of grants and awards by United States National
Science Foundation, Rockefeller foundation, International Institute for
Environment and Development, Gujarat Institute of Civil Engineers and
Architects, Vastu Shilpa foundation and Dutch Ministry of Education. His
recent work on development and implementation of Urban Services Monitoring
System which connects more than 500 hospitals in the city of Surat, India
to monitor critical water borne and vector borne diseases. His work in this
area was recognized as an intervention to watch, by the U.N Secretary
General’s global pulse initiative.



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