OCW 12: Climate Informed Settlement Planning

MPEP1203 Compulsory Subject / Environmental Planning

Coordinator: Dr Rama U Pandey

Course outline

The course intends to understand the implications of climate change in settlement planning. It will explore different ways to identify climate change stresses being experienced by the city and the associated challenges. The course emphasizes in building the resilience of cities to climate change impacts by examining various emerging theoretical frameworks as well as field experience.

Session: 2020

Number of Students Registered:

18 (post graduate level) and 1 (PhD scholar)


  • Understanding Climate Change -Basics of Climate change and its Linkages with human settlements
  • Mitigation and Low Carbon Development- Planning interventions for low carbon development through case studies
  • Adaptation Strategies and Climate Change Resilience- Importance of adaptation in preparing and coping with climate change; Understanding Climate Change resilience through case examples
  • Climate Change Resilience through Socio-Ecological Sustainability- Nature and society through the lens of Resilience
  • Building Climate Change Resilience- Assessing Climate Change Stresses through field exploration and finding ways for building resilience of case study area to climate changes stresses

Course Updates

A Social Initiative for Strengthening Rural Resilience

February 18th, 2020

An initiative by the Environmental Planning department of School of Planning and Architecture Bhopal was undertaken for ‘strengthening the resilience of rural community to climate change’ in villages of Berasia district, Madhya Pradesh. Learning resilience to climate change is part of a core course 'climate-informed settlement planning' conducted under BReUCom for the students of second-semester Environmental Planning (Masters’ Programme). The focus of the exercise was to identify the risk associated with the uncertainties of climate change using our ‘Experimental' and villagers ‘experiential’ knowledge in a single frame to enhance resilience. The concept of resilience was presented visually through the poster so that rural communities understand and participate in managing the challenges. A team of faculty and eighteen students visited the three identified villages (Bhesoda; Langarpur; and Bineka) on February 18, 2020. The posters were displayed in school and gram panchayat premises. Interactive sessions were then conducted using posters with school children, villagers and panchayat members to gain their perspective on challenges faced by them and different ‘ways’ of coping with climate variability.

Course students at the Government Middle School

Visiting team at the Gram Panchayat

Researchers with the community members