Considering Curriculum, Content, and Delivery for Adaptive Pathways: Higher Education and Disaster Resilient Infrastructure in the Indian Urban Context

Vineetha Nalla, Cassidy Johnson, Nihal Ranjit, Gargi Sen, Ananya Peddibhotla, Mona Chhabra Anand,  Neha Bhatia, Amir Bazaz  | 2022


In the context of urbanisation in the Global South and increasing climate-induced disaster events, fostering resilience in infrastructure systems is critical to delivering on goals of economic development, poverty reduction, and climate action. Adaptive pathways, given its inherent consideration of uncertainty and an embedded feedback mechanism, becomes a necessary conceptual underpinning to deliver on the resilient infrastructure challenge. We argue that knowledge and iterative learning are key components that enable the flexibility of adaptive pathways. Higher education (HE) plays a critical role in influencing knowledge that is adaptive and dynamic to respond to this challenge. This study adopts a qualitative approach with a case study design to identify gaps in how urban resilient infrastructure is conceptualised and taught in HE institutions. The study finds that interdisciplinarity, when reflected in the elements of content, pedagogy, and delivery would foster substantial critical thinking and reflexivity required to address the resilient infrastructure challenge.