Building Resilience through Infrastructure in Resource Challenged Settings | Dr Priti Parikh
21 April 2022
The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction hosted our second keynote lecture of the academic year on the theme 'Resilience' with Associate Professor, Dr Priti Parikh. The session was chaired by Professor Tim Broyd.
This illuminating lecture examined the importance of infrastructure in resource challenged settings – both for building resilience and addressing the Sustainable Development Goals. Noting that there is a need for major investment in infrastructure to address gaps in services as an enabler for human well-being and development, Dr Parikh considered that with challenges such as climate change, what approaches can be used to address infrastructure needs of the current and future generations?
Dr Parikh used examples from water, sanitation, and energy projects globally to discuss inclusive, equitable and resilient infrastructure solutions.
Dr Parikh commented: “Infrastructure is vital for building resilience and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Both need to go hand in hand. It was a pleasure to discuss this important topic as part of The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction keynote lecture series”.
Dr Broyd commented: “It’s very easy to get caught up in the mega infrastructure projects being developed in industrialised countries such as the UK, and to forget that many people in the world lack the most basic infrastructure needed to live a healthy and happy life. Priti’s lecture was a strong reminder that we have a responsibility to provide good and effective infrastructure for all of humanity”.
Thank you to everyone who took part. If you were not able to attend, a recording of the event is available to watch here:
- About our speaker
- Dr. Priti Parikh
Dr. Priti Parikh is an Associate Professor at the Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction and founder director of UCL’s Engineering for International Development Centre. This centre focuses on infrastructure solutions for human development and wellbeing; and researches locally acceptable water-sanitation-energy solutions in low-middle income countries.