Cool Infrastructures is a project that brings together a team of researchers to produce context-based studies of exposure and adaptation to heat in cities across south Asia, southeast Asia, and west Africa.

We an international, interdisciplinary team of anthropologists, geographers, engineers, urban planners, architects, and epidemiologists studying exposure and adaptation to heat in cities across south Asia, southeast Asia and west Africa.

Our multi-disciplinary perspectives set out to inform planning interventions and climate change policy, as well as our understandings of thermal politics. Our empirical work foregrounds the intersections between socio-economic and gendered inequality, and draws attention to people’s everyday practices for managing chronic and acute heat.

We are funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund, a £1.5 billion scheme to support cutting edge research and global impact towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

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  • Weather Wisdom in Sindhi Literature: Capturing weather as a force of imagination in Shah Jo Risalo 

    Samo, Atoofa; Fatima, Aqdas (Cool Infrastructures: Life with Heat in the Off-grid City, 2022-06)
    Weather stories and folklore are one avenue through which people have historically expressed their interactions with the environment. They not only capture the ways in which people interact with their environments, but ...
  • City Profile: Jakarta 

    Amir, Sulfikar; Ufaira, Rifda; Ramadhan, Dani M.; Nastiti, Anindrya (Cool Infrastructures: Life with Heat in the Off-grid City, 2022-05)
    With a population of 10.56 million, Jakarta is one of the megacities in the emerging economies facing massive problems of urban growth. Despite rapid developments in infrastructure and public facilities, an increased ...
  • City Profile: Hyderabad 

    Anilkumar, Rittu; Bhowal, Tanaya; Gani, Uzma; Gupta, Anushree; Khandekar, Aalok; Konda, Goutham Raj; Latkar, Aarti; Maringanti, Anant; Mishra, Rahul; Chandra, N Sai Venkata Sarath; Raparthi, Kiranmayi; Trimukhe, Abhijit S. (Cool Infrastructures: Life with Heat in the Off-grid City, 2022-04)
    The report documents the urban transformation of Hyderabad, from its founding in the sixteenth century to its present day positioning as a global centre, especially for Information Technology (IT)- and Life Sciences-based ...
  • Heat Governance in Urban South Asia: The Case of Karachi 

    Anwar, Nausheen H.; Khan, Hassaan F.; Abdullah, Adam; Macktoom, Soha; Fatima, Aqdas (Cool Infrastructures: Life with Heat in the Off-grid City, 2022-04)
    This scoping study draws on a review of key policy documents, plans, grey, academic, and scientific literature to outline the role of state and non-state actors in Karachi’s heat governance. It emphasizes the need to ...
  • Extreme Heat and COVID-19: The Impact on the Urban Poor in Asia and Africa 

    Abdullah, Adam; Amin, Sadia; Amir, Sulfikar; Anwar, Nausheen H.; Campbell, Kirsten; Nandatama, Yemiko H.; Khandekar, Aalok; Latha, PK; Mehmood, Sajid; Morelle, Marie; Toheed, Muhammad; Nastiti, Anindrya; Ramadhan, Dani M.; Shanmugam, Rekha; Ufaira, Rifda; Venugopal, Vidhya; Wasiah, Nadiyatur (Cool Infrastructures: Life with Heat in the Off-grid City, 2022-02)
    The study provides substantial new data on the direct as well as indirect impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, thermal comfort and heat-related illness, in Jakarta (Indonesia), Hyderabad (India), Karachi and Hyderabad (Pakistan) ...
  • Recipes for Life with Heat during Ramzan 

    Anwar, Nausheen H.; Ramadhan, Dani M.; Nandatama, Yemiko H.; Fatima, Aqdas; Macktoom, Soha; Abdullah, Adam; Samo, Atoofa; Toheed, Muhammad (Cool Infrastructures: Life with Heat in the Off-grid City, 2022-04)
    The holy month of Ramzan (also spelled Ramadan) is a medium for Muslims around the world to rejuvenate their piety to the Creator. Each year, somewhere in the world, the month of Ramzan coincides with a period of seasonal ...