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Senior Lecturer, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University

Mittul Vahanvati is a senior lecturer at RMIT University Sustainability and Urban Planning discipline. She works at the intersection of disasters, housing (reconstruction) and community resilience.

She is currently working with regional communities in Victoria (Australia) and urban informal settlers in Solomon Islands to strengthen their resilience to disasters and climate extremes. She works with communities through action-research projects, adopting co-design and co-production approach.

Prior to entering in research, Mittul worked in architecture industry for more than seven years. She continues to collaborate and create a bridge between industry and academia.


  • –present
    Researcher in Disaster Risk Reduction; Longterm reliability of Reconstruction Projects and Community Resilience, RMIT University


  • 2018 
    RMIT University, Doctor of Philosophy


PhD (RMIT); MBEnv-Sust Dev (UNSW); BArch (CEPT)