Workshop 1 – 2023

Urban infrastructures, natural hazards and risk responses through uses of geotechnologies

Invited tutors

  • Dr Adam Abdullah, urban and regional planning, Karachi Urban Lab, IBA, Karachi
  • Dr Inayat Ali, anthropologist, Fatima Jinnah Women Unviersity, Rawalpindi
  • Samuel Benkimoun, PhD candidate in geography, Géographie-Cités, Université Paris Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris
  • Dr Eric Denis, geographer, Géographie-Cités (CNRS), Université Paris Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris
  • Soha Macktoom, urban and regional planning, Karachi Urban Lab, IBA, Karachi
  • Muhammed Toheed, urban planning and geography, Karachi Urban Lab, IBA, Karachi


This workshop aims to reintroduce materiality into our understanding and knowledge of climate change, by taking into account infrastructures and their development in the face of global warming, whether in the fields of housing (location, land, typology), transport (travel, forms of mobility) or health (access to care, emerging diseases, hospital infrastructure). For example, studying the formation of heat islands in urban environments is linked to the body of research focusing on the technical and social infrastructures that enable marginalized populations to live with global warming in the countries of the South that are particularly affected. Other case studies could also look at the impact of floods or earthquakes on human mobility and how predictive models for these events can help public authorities to deal with them more effectively. From a methodological point of view, we will be relying mainly on quantitative methods and the use of Big Data, the construction of indicators and cartographic representation to document these phenomena of interaction between humans and their environment. However, more qualitative methods can help to counterbalance spatial and technical approaches to climate risks. All these issues will be dealt with in this workshop through thematic presentations but also through practical exercices and a field trip in the city.

W1 Schedule

9:30-11:15 Inayat Qau – Super-flooding and vulnerables
11:15-11:30 COFFEE/TEA BREAK
11:30-13:00 Samuel Benkimoun – Mobility and diseases (vector-borne and viruses)
13:00-14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00-15:45 Eric Denis – Breathingscapes and air pollution
15:45-16:00 COFFEE/TEA BREAK
16:00-17:30 Introduction to tools – Kobo & Atmotube
9:30-11:15 Muhammad Toheed – Introduction to climate risks and vulnerabilities
11:15-11:30 COFFEE/TEA BREAK
11:30-13:00 Soha Macktoom/Adam Abdullah – Karachis thermalscapes: genealogies/histories/trajectories of thermal vulnerabilities
13:00-14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00-15:45 Adam Abdullah/Eric Denis/Samuel Benkimoun – What is urban data/ geospatial data
15:45-16:00 COFFEE/TEA BREAK
16:00-17:30 Muhammad Toheed/Soha Macktoom/Adam Abdullah – Discussion on field methods
9:30-11:15 Field visit: Coastal communities by Muhammad Toheed (Site TBD)
11:15-11:30 COFFEE/TEA BREAK
11:30-13:00 Discussion and mentoring
13:00-14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00-15:45 Group work: Preparation of knowledge/project restitution supervised
15:45-16:00 COFFEE/TEA BREAK
16:00-17:30 Group work continues
9:30-11:15 Group work continues
11:15-11:30 COFFEE/TEA BREAK
11:30-13:00 Group work continues
13:00-14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00-16:00 Plenary group presentation by trainees
16:00-16:30 COFFEE/TEA BREAK
16:30-18:00 Valedictory Address

Feedback from resource persons, students and trainers

Delivery of certificates


Anwar, N. H., Khan, H. F., Abdullah, A., Macktoom, S., & Fatima, A. (2022). Designed to Fail? Heat Governance in Urban South Asia: The Case of Karachi.

Abdullah, A. & Macktoom, S. (2023). Heat (in)action: The Thermopolitics of Extreme Urban Heat in Karachi. IJURR Spotlight On Extreme Heat in Urban South Asia.

Macktoom, S., Anwar, N. H., & Cross, J. (2023). Hot climates in urban South Asia: Negotiating the right to and the politics of shade at the everyday scale in Karachi. Urban Studies.

(this paper is not open access, I am sharing the pdf with this email, if it is only for participant circulation it can be shared with the members of our workshop).

Mazzone, A., & Khosla, R. (2021). Socially constructed or physiologically informed? Placing humans at the core of understanding cooling needs. Energy Research & Social Science, 77, 102088.

Khandekar, A., Maringanti, A., Gupta, A., and Bhowal, T. (2023). Heat Relief as a matter of entitlement? The socio-materialities of thermal governance in an informal urban settlement. IJURR Spotlight On Extreme Heat in Urban South Asia.

Sadique, Salma, Inayat Ali, and Shahbaz Ali. “Managing menstruation during natural disasters: menstruation hygiene management during “super floods” in Sindh province of Pakistan.” Journal of Biosocial Science (2023): 1-13.

Ali, Inayat, and Saima Hamid. “Implications of COVID-19 and “super floods” for routine vaccination in Pakistan: The reemergence of vaccine preventable-diseases such as polio and measles.” Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics 18, no. 7 (2022): 2154099.

Hart, R., Liang, L., & Dong, P. (2020). Monitoring, mapping, and modeling spatial–temporal patterns of PM2. 5 for improved understanding of air pollution dynamics using portable sensing technologies. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(14), 4914.

Stafoggia, M., Michelozzi, P., Schneider, A., Armstrong, B., Scortichini, M., Rai, M., … & De’Donato, F. K. (2023). Joint effect of heat and air pollution on mortality in 620 cities of 36 countries. Environment international, 181, 108258.

Cori, L., Donzelli, G., Gorini, F., Bianchi, F., & Curzio, O. (2020). Risk perception of air pollution: A systematic review focused on particulate matter exposure. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(17), 6424.

Denis, E., Telle, O., Benkimoun, S., Mukhopadhyay, P., & Nath, S. (2020). Mapping the lockdown effects in India: how geographers can contribute to tackle Covid-19 diffusion. The Conversation.

Telle, O., Nikolay, B., Kumar, V., Benkimoun, S., Pal, R., Nagpal, B. N., & Paul, R. E. (2021). Social and environmental risk factors for dengue in Delhi city: A retrospective study. PLoS neglected tropical diseases, 15(2), e0009024.

Stechemesser, A., & Wenz, L. (2023). Inequality in behavioural heat adaptation: an empirical study with mobility data from the transport system in New York City, NY, USA. The Lancet Planetary Health, 7(10), e798-e808.

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