Creating Resilient Families and Communities

4th International Conference in India

Creating Resilient Families and Communities

December 19, 2017
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi


Organized and sponsored by:
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Indian Pollution Control Association (IPCA)
India Development Service (IDS)
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UWW)

Conference Convener:
Dr. Radha Goyal, Deputy Director, IPCA

Individuals, families, and communities in developing countries remain vulnerable to various disrupting forces that can potentially harm Individual and social well-being. They experience “shocks” triggered by natural and man-made disasters such as spread of disease, climate change and pollution, migration, and even changes in government policy. They also experience disruption in the form of everyday discrimination and exclusion in society.

Many times, such vulnerable individuals, families, and communities are also at the periphery. They are marginalized and have low socio-economic status; thus, they are particularly susceptible to various shocks, often suffering serious financial losses and debilitating injury or disease. In some instances, shocks can be severe enough to unsettle an entire community and result in higher mortality rates. On a broader level, everyday discrimination and exclusion can harm the social fabric of a society and lead to intractable conflicts between communities making them, in turn, more vulnerable to disruptive forces. It remains, therefore, a daunting task to maintain communities that are diverse but still strong and cohesive.

The support for post-shock activities and other forms of intervention is often very expensive to provide; slow to reach the needy individuals, families, and communities; and not certain to result in full recovery. A more meaningful approach is to help vulnerable individuals, families, and communities become resilient to shocks and able to overcome everyday disruptions.

Resilience support can take many forms: psychological, social, medical, financial, nutritional, and agricultural, to name a few. It can create links with the formal sector, improve building codes, provide strong supply chain networks, and foster a sense of connectedness between people and bolster their collective esteem.

In this conference, we seek to build an understanding of how we can help individuals, families, and communities become more resilient, and we want to implement projects on the ground to make a difference. In this conference, we will explore:

  • size and forms of shocks
  • everyday disruptions
  • role of policies/codes/regulations
  • variance among stakeholders
  • dealing with complexity
  • forms of resources
  • psychological sources of individual and collective strength
  • total cost to the community
  • learning by the community

We seek input from diverse fields such as engineering, health care, sociology, psychology, management, policy studies, and economics. Furthermore, our discussions will be enriched and given greater external validity through the participation of academics, NGOs, government policy makers, international developmental agencies, and even community representatives in this conference.


Please join us on December 19, 2017 at IIT-Delhi



Past series

Our past conference series have been productive ventures. Details can be found here.

Videos of our last conference entitled Environmental Exposure and Preventive Health Care can be viewed here.

Impact on the ground

  • Nutritional support programs for rural communities in Andhra Pradesh, India. Click here.
  • Network of education and health care for rag picker children in the National Capital Region of India. Read about it here.


The Urban Environmental Crisis in India: New Initiatives in Safe Water and Waste Management, a collection of papers from past conferences, is now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing. More information about the book is available here.


This conference is being brought to you with the collaboration
of IPCA, IIT-Delhi, UWW, and IDS.

There is no registration fee to attend the conference.

For further information, contact:

Dr. Purnima Singh, Professor, Department of Humanities and

Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Dr. Radha Goyal, Deputy Director, IPCA 
Dr. Sameer Prasad, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
and IDS Board Member
Dr. Yashpal Jogdand, Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and
Social Sciences, 
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

. . . or fill out the contact form here.

See final Programme Agenda below.

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