Urban issues traverse a vast range of disciplines. The core strength of this Centre is in bringing together multiple disciplines and addressing various urban challenges in a holistic way. For sustainable growth of the Centre and creation of innovative urban solutions, interactions and collaborations with researchers and faculties from various departments at IIT Bombay and other world class universities, the central, state and local government bodies, stakeholders in business and advocacy groups and global governments, is desired and encouraged.
The Centre has over 30 associate faculty members from various disciplines within IIT Bombay including Civil Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Energy Science & Engineering, Environmental Science & Engineering, Humanities, Industrial Design, Operations Research and School of Management. Hence, the Centre coalesces multiple research and educational urban-related activities that are already happening at IIT Bombay.
One hallmark of this Centre is its focus on citizen science. The Centre will engage in community outreach to disseminate information regarding various aspects of urban life and how various systems such as housing, land use, transportation, water, public health, etc. are interrelated and co-dependent on how people use such systems. The Centre aims to conduct research to educate and spread awareness among communities to simultaneously tackle the urban challenges from grassroots levels along with technological advances.
The integrated approach of all the stake holders (institutions, departments, governments, people) will enable development of unique innovative solutions, for solving urban challenges of the developing mega cities and promote sustainable future growth .