Monsoon Assemblages is a five-year long research project funded by the European Research Council. Its ambition is to confront challenges of urban climate change through novel, theoretically driven spatial enquiries into the impacts of urbanisation on monsoon climates in three of South Asia’s rapidly growing cities, Chennai, Delhi and Dhaka, with wider application for other cities.
In the context of extreme weather events and rapid urbanisation, the project challenges the dominant view of monsoons as natural meteorological systems outside of and distinct from society. Instead, it proposes that monsoons are practised co-productions of physical and social dynamics entangled within historic lived environments that can be analysed, worked with, and reconfigured. To do so, an unconventional interdisciplinary team has been brought together to develop novel research methodologies around the operative concept of ‘Monsoon Assemblages.’