Student researcher

Dr Mittul Vahanvati Research Leader

This student project examined whether and how participatory owner-driven housing reconstruction projects can lend themselves to long-term disaster resilience of communities, in the context of rural India. Based on the research findings, the project proposed a framework with key factors ensuring the long-term reliability of reconstruction interventions globally. 

Year Type Citation
2020 Journal Article Vahanvati, M. Unpacking the meaning of resilience: the Tarnagulla community definition comparing to the literature. Australian Journal of Emergency Management 35, 29-37 (2020).
2019 Journal Article Vahanvati, M. & Rafliana, I. Reliability of Build Back Better at enhancing resilience of communities. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment 10, 208-221 (2019).
2018 Journal Article Vahanvati, M. A novel framework for owner driven reconstruction projects to enhance disaster resilience in the long term. Disaster Prevention and Management 27, 421-446 (2018).
2018 Thesis Vahanvati, M. Owner-driven housing reconstruction as a means of enhancing disaster resilience of at-risk communities in India. School of Global Urban and Social Studies 247 (2018). at <>
2017 Book Chapter Vahanvati, M. Community Engagement in Post-Disaster Recovery (Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, 2017). doi:
2017 Journal Article Vahanvati, M. & Beza, B. An owner-driven reconstruction in Bihar. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment 8, (2017).
2017 Journal Article Vahanvati, M. & Mulligan, M. A new model for effective post-disaster housing reconstruction: Lessons from Gujarat and Bihar in India. International Journal of Project Management 35, (2017).
2016 Conference Paper Vahanvati, M. & Beza, B. Rural housing resilience in India: Is it reliant on appropriate technology or labour skills?. Sustainable Futures Conference (2016). at <>
2015 Book Vahanvati, M. & Vahanvati, M. Co-Building with Bamboo. (Grass giants, 2015). at <>
2015 Conference Paper Vahanvati, M. & Beza, B. Owner-Driven Reconstruction in India: A case-study of Kosi River Floods in Bihar. 5th International conference on building resilience (2015). at <>
2015 Conference Paper Vahanvati, M. & Vahanvati, M. Reviving people’s trust in Bamboo technology: A case-study of Orlaha settlement reconstruction in Bihar, after the 2008 Kosi floods. World Bamboo Congress (2015). at <>