Short Film: HOME

Understanding the overheating consequences in low-income housing in Global South

As the climate heats up, a large number of people in resource-constrained societies from the Global South will be exposed to the extreme heat burdens indoors. Moreover, with a massive affordable housing stock built in these parts of the world to close the gaping housing deficit, they will be at risk from the climate warming burdens if not well designed to mitigate and adapt to the extreme heat. Combining sound building engineering with local socio-cultural practices and norms can aid in creating "good" climate-resilient homes. A well-designed house can help realise the heat-health potential. The narratives from the residents will tell us what extreme HEAT means to them, how they adapt to it, and how locally acceptable solutions can be translated as innovative design parameters. Exploring these questions through data narratives can inform a "good" heat-resilient affordable housing design. This project stems from the wide range of research projects on heat-resilient low-income houses in India, Ethiopia and Kenya. The data narratives help contextualise the designs while making the future affordable housing stock resilient.

Film Project team

Principal Investigator: Dr Ronita Bardhan, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge, UK

Creative: Neda Ahmadi

Collaborator: Prof., Dr.-Ing Esayas Alemayehu, Professor, Jimma institute of Technology (JiT), Jimma University, Ethiopia

Researchers: Jiayu Pan (Unviersity of Cambridge), Belsti Asres (Jimma institute of Technology)

External Partner: Doctors For You, India

Publications: Heat in improverished settlements

Bardhan, R., Debnath, R., and Mukherjee, B. (2023). Factor in gender to beat the heat in impoverished settlements. Nature, 620, 727 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-023-02632-3 

Publications: Heat in Global South

Debnath, R., Bardhan, R., and Bell, M. (2023). Lethal heatwaves are challenging India's sustainable development. PLOS Climate, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pclm.0000156 


Indoor heat stress mitigation in low-income Kenyan homes with mosquito prevention intervention 

With KEMRI, Kenya

Dr Ronita Bardhan interviewed on BBC Sounds

'Are we approaching a Doomsday scenario for the climate crisis?'

Dr Ronita Bardhan as a Guest Speaker, talking about the adaptation and health impact in climage change

Media coverage - Heatwaves in India