Professor Rohit Jigyasu is a Conservation Architect and Disaster Risk Management professional from India currently working as UNESCO Chair holder visiting Professor at the Institute for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan. He is the elected Vice President of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and President of the Indian National Committee of ICOMOS (ICOMOS-India) and International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP). He is also the Trustee of the Indian Historic Cities Network Foundation (IHCN-F).
Professor Jigyasu has been a consultant for several national and international organizations such as Archaeological Survey of India, Indian National Institute of Disaster Management, UNESCO, ICCROM, the World Bank and Getty Conservation Institute. He has also been visiting faculty at various national and international academic institutions and has contributed towards many scientific publications.
Professor Jigyasu has been awarded the British Academy Visiting Fellowship in the School of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University. During his period, Professor Jigyasu will be conducting research on the challenges and opportunities for mainstreaming of cultural heritage in the larger disaster risk management and climate change adaptation policies and practices in the UK and abroad.
While at Loughborough University, Professor Jigyasu will collaborate with Dr. Lee Bosher and Dr. Ksenia Chmutina on the project: ‘Securing Future of Heritage by Reducing Risks and Building Resilience’ for the International Journal on Disaster prevention and Management and curriculum development for the International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage in Japan.