Climate change impacts on cultural heritage: Facing the challenge

Jigyasu Rohit

Rohit Jigyasu is a conservation architect and risk management professional from India, who has recently joined ICCROM as Programme Officer at its regional centre in Sharjah. Rohit has been the Elected Member of the Executive Committee of ICOMOS since 2011 and is currently serving as its Vice President for the period 2017-2020.

From 2010 to 2018, Rohit worked as UNESCO Chair holder professor at the Institute for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan. He was the elected President of ICOMOS-India from 2014 until 2019 and President of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP) since 2010.

After undertaking his post-graduate degree in Architectural Conservation from School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi, Rohit has obtained his doctoral degree from Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. His multidisciplinary research focussed on the role of traditional knowledge in disaster mitigation in the context of South Asian region.

Rohit has been working with several national and international organizations such as Archaeological Survey of India, Indian National Institute of Disaster Management, UNESCO, ICCROM, World Bank and Getty Conservation Institute for consultancy, research and training on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage.

He has been teaching as the visiting faculty at several national and international academic institutions in India and abroad. He is on editorial board of some well reputed journals such as Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, and Disaster Prevention and Management. He has contributed to several international publications.