The idea of developing interdisciplinary links between Health, Education, Engineering and Environment (HEEE) came directly from discussions with academic institutions, NGOs and foundations in India with a view to addressing development issues in a holistic way and co-designing solutions with local partners based on a collaborative participatory approach.
HEEE provides us a platform to link expertise across diverse disciplines enabling us to hear local voices and develop solutions together to address global challenges with global partners.
Prof. Monica Lakhanpaul
Prof. Monica Lakhanpaul is Professor of Integrated Community Child Health in the Faculty of Population Sciences. Her work has focussed on using structured collaborative participatory methods to co design interventions for community health issues.
Her work has taken a lifecourse approach and primarily addressed problems such as nutrition, asthma and disability relevant to South Asian families in the UK and she now wishes to use this knowledge to address problems globally.
Prof. Marie Lall
Prof. Marie Lall is Professor of Education and South Asian Studies in the department of Education, Practice & Society at the Institute of Education.
Her work has focused on bringing the voices of marginalised populations (either because they are minorities, or they are poor) into the education policy process. Her work focuses on India, Pakistan and Myanmar and she has over 23 years of experience in the region.
Dr Priti Parikh
Dr Priti Parikh is Senior Lecturer in Civil, Environ & Geomatic Engineering with over 15 years’ experience of water, sanitation and energy provision in slums and rural communities.
Her research also covers gender-based violence near public toilets, business models for infrastructure, consumer preferences for technologies and appropriate technologies. She has pioneered an innovative MSc programme titled MSc in Engineering for Development.
More about HEEE
Evidence has shown that adopting an integrated holistic approach to the designing of solutions is more effective at supporting recovery and development rather than if siloed according to particular agency specializations.
Three areas that particularly benefit from this linkage include Health, Education, Engineering and Environment.
HEEE aligns with Government of India initiatives: Swatch Bharat (Clean India Mission), Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (Rural Development Mission) and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (Education for all).