INAF-312 India Innovation Studio: Designing for Droughts II
Spring for 2017-2018
Giordano, Mark and Nooruddin, Irfan
This is a studio-based course; each year it tackles a different problem facing India. The course is taught through a multidisciplinary lens and operates in partnership with the Government of Maharashtra to design, prototype and implement a solution on the ground. This year, the topic is drought, which is particularly timely given indications that a severe drought is underway in Maharashtra at this time.
India was already a water scarce country and recent droughts have made matters even worse. Poor farmers have been especially impacted and farmer suicide is now a national topic. Food aid, loan forgiveness, counseling and electricity concessions are being used to address the problem but have not solved it. At the same time, the funds for these programs is coming at the cost of investment in education, urban innovation and infrastructure and economic growth.
The course is team taught in modules and led by Professors Irfan Nooruddin and Mark Giordano. In the fall semester of this studio, students explore the political, hydrologic, and infrastructure
dimensions of drought. The spring semester will focus on the policy, economic, and ethical dimensions of potential solutions, which students will design working in close collaboration with experts
in the field, stakeholders, and the Maharashtra government. Selected students will be offered the opportunity to travel to Bombay, Maharashtra, during summer 2017 to present policy
recommendations to high-level officials in the Maharashtra government.
The studio is designed to be a year-long course (Fall, Spring) with the option to continue research on the ground through the summer. Preference will be given to students who took INAF 311 in Fall 2016.
If spots remain, we will accept applications from students on the waitlist. Students who took both semesters will be given preference for selection and funding for the summer trip to India.
Prerequisites: INAF 311 or permission of instructor
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