This talk, given by Shagun Mehrotra was part of a program held at the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the United Nations for the course Sustainable Systems which is part of the first year curriculum at Parsons the New School for Design.
Thanks to the Danish Consul General in New York and Ambassador Jarl Frijs-Madsen for their support of this event.
Shagun Mehrotra is an assistant professor at The New School. His research, teaching, and policy advice focus on climate change, infrastructure economics and finance, and poverty reduction in cities—particularly in large developing-country slums. Mehrotra is the founding director of Climate and Cities, a global policy advisory facility established at The Earth Institute at Columbia University, and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Previously, he was on the staff of the World Bank, leading infrastructure reform of public utilities in Africa, with a focus on expanding services to the urban poor. Mehrotra has a PhD in infrastructure economics and urban planning from Columbia University.
Over the last decade, his research and advice have been sought by national and local governments in Latin America, East Africa, South-East Asia, China, and India, as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has authored and co-authored several articles and two scholarly books, and his work has recently been featured in Nature and Scientific American.
Climate Change and Cities (ARC3), edited by C. Rosenzweig, W. Solecki, S. Hammer. London: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Bankruptcy to Billions: How the Indian Railways Transformed, with S. Kumar, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2009. Foreword by Prime Minister of India.
Framework for City Climate Risk Assessment. Washington, DC: World Bank, 2012.
“Cities Lead The Way In Climate-Change Action.” Nature 21 (2010).