PhD joins IBG in future proofs cities project

January 11, 2021

IBG welcome Aishwarya Raghunatha, our new PhD student in future proof cities graduate school based at the HQ in Norrköping, Sweden.

The school focus on to increase knowledge about sustainable urban development in small and medium-sized cities such as Gävle, Västerås, Norrköping, Eskilstuna, Knivsta, Borlänge and Falun. The Business Research School is run by the University of Gävle in collaboration with Dalarna University and Mälardalen University. The research is interdisciplinary, and the doctoral students will have different backgrounds and work in different disciplines, such as engineering, environmental and social sciences.

At IBG the project focus on Urban Air Mobility (UAM), and the future of air vehicles where hydrogen-powered or electric-powered delivery drones and drone taxis can contribute to sustainable and environmentally friendly transport systems in urban regions and urban-environments.
The PhD project focuses on the intersection of the first and second objectives:
How social sustainability aspects characteristics from the perspective of the community inhabitant are affected by digital and technological climate solutions for resilience in the critical infrastructures.

Innovations in digitalization, Artificial Intelligence (AI), High Performance Computing (HPC) and transport take place at high speed and this technological development will sooner or later meet both needs and requirements of urban planning and urban design. This collaborative project will be at the forefront of research. The aim is that research results can serve as decision support for urban planning and technological development.

“I’m a highly motivated individual in the field of Sustainability, equipped with Master’s in Sustainability Engineering and Management. Having handled significant projects at renowned companies during academics and providing solutions for crucial CSR challenges through scientific standpoints, I bring the skills necessary to deal with real issues for the benefit of business and society. Now, being a part of a forward-thinking company and pursuing a PhD, I am a bridge between corporate and academic worlds to bring about socio-technical transitions for a sustainable future. This is truly exhilarating!” Says Aishwarya

Get to know Aishwarya:

Born: Bangalore, India.
Lives: Currently in Bangalore, soon to live in Norrköping.
Likes to: Yoga, write poetry and Cook.
On your bucketlist: Ride a horse, build an igloo, publish a book.
Best part with the job at IBG: To lead implementation of urban air mobility as an integral part of resilient future cities by addressing environmental-economic-social sustainability issues with all stakeholders through emphasis on scientific facts and co-creation.
What will you work with at IBG? Support IBG’s projects in sustainability area; research, develop and direct the future of sustainable aviation.
The project focuses on Urban Air Mobility, how do you think the future look like in that area? Considering how new the field is, the future of urban air mobility is now taking its shape. It has the potential to address the nexus of societal and environmental concerns. It is up to us now to identify and utilize this potential.
What kind of changes need to be made to have a sustainable future?
It is necessary to use the nuances of digitalization and technology to strategize and integrate current systems so as to build synergistic urban models that serve societies in a safe and sustainable manner.
What do you think about future proof cities?
Contrary to conventional academia, Future Proof Cities is an avantgarde interdisciplinary research school that is encouraging research minds to practically tackle real cases with the freedom to think and work independently with regards to improvements necessary to address real problems.
How do you think the cities look in the future?
Resilient. With increase in population, plans for future cities must ensure that they are evenly developed, equitable, convenient, energy efficient, and have sustainable infrastructure that allows safe food and water accessibility as well as effective waste management. They must be equipped with smart mobility to address current problems with transportation. Future cities must also be able to address and handle the climate crisis and any other future crisis with resilience.

Welcome to IBG!


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