Cultural Adequacy and Shelter Design: Measuring the impacts of leveraging local building cultures in humanitarian programmes

The PhD project explores the co-design of shelters in humanitarian programmes responding to internally displaced people in rural settings.

Within this context, the study addresses shortfalls in mechanisms that measure the impacts of leveraging local building cultures in temporary and transitional shelter typologies.

To do so, a narrative-based investigation will be conducted within a real-life shelter intervention, with the purpose of analysing the exchanges of local materials, construction techniques and housing designs.

The intended output of the study is to create an action framework that assists in measuring impact. Such a tool is predicted to better the cultural adequacy of programming alongside facilitating holistic practices that centralise local knowledge.





Ashley Howard

Research Host

International University of Catalonia (UIC)

PhD awarding institution/s

International University of Catalonia (UIC) & RMIT University


Barcelona (Spain)


RMIT and many of the REDI partners are HSR4R certified

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101034328.

Results reflect the author’s view only. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains

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