Heatwaves, known as the ‘silent killer’ of climate change, are one of the deadliest natural hazards. Unfortunately, it is the most vulnerable who bear the brunt of their devastating impacts.
A collaborative research project between Curtin University and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi is examining the impact of heatwaves on exposed and socially vulnerable populations in Perth and Delhi. The study aims to understand how high-risk individuals and groups experience heat stress, struggle with energy-related barriers when trying to stay cool, and live with the losses they have to endure.
Supported by the Australia-India 'Unnati' Research Collaboration Grants, the findings will help improve heat management and action plans. To do so, we need to make visible the specific challenges of populations who experience several layers of vulnerability and disadvantage and enable targeted preventative measures instead of one-size-fits-all approaches.