Nikhila Madabhushi

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Nikhila is an architect, researcher and educator. Her research-based practice is founded on spatial justice and equity in our built environment, with a special focus on decolonising and participatory methods. These themes were influenced by further postgraduate study in disaster management and global development, a pursuit that was assisted by the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship—a privileged award that also enabled her to establish her practice in 2017.

In 2020-21, Nikhila was the Monash Innovation Fellow within the Department of Architecture. Her research and teaching through this role, focused on rethinking community-led recovery of built environments in the regional Victorian context, following the 2019-20 bushfires in East Gippsland / Gunaikurnai-Bidawel Country. Nikhila has subsequently become a research fellow within Fire to Flourish, a five-year transdisciplinary program led by Monash, where she will continue to explore these themes concurrent to practice, from 2022.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Global Development & Disaster Managment, Master of Disaster, Design & Development, Understanding the socio-spatial needs of people in rapidly gentrifying Heidelberg West, RMIT University

1 Jul 201730 Jun 2019

Award Date: 1 Oct 2019

Architecture, Master of Architecture, Deakin University

1 Mar 200731 Oct 2008

Award Date: 1 Dec 2008

Design & Construction Management, Bachelor of Design & Bachelor of Construction Management (Double Degree), Deakin University

1 Mar 200331 Oct 2006

Award Date: 1 Dec 2006

Research area keywords

  • Decoloniality
  • Participatory Design
  • Humanitarianism
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • International Development
  • Community Development
  • Spatial Justice
  • Spatial Equity
  • Co-Creation
  • Gentrification
  • Migration
  • Public Housing
  • Urbanism
  • Design Thinking
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Post-Disaster Recovery

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