Uchita Vaid

Position title: Assistant Professor, Design Studies, School of Human Ecology

Email: uvaid@wisc.edu

My scholarship places central importance on understanding the synergistic relationship between the built environment and socio-cultural milieu, and its role in improving the human condition. I investigate interactions between human behavior, design, and health with a goal to create healthy and equitable environments for people to live, work, and play in. I intend to study the complex pathways that link human health and well-being to physical and socio-cultural environmental factors. I am particularly interested in employing evidenced-based design principles to environments of crisis.

I am motivated by the desire to use design as a transformational force to address health and social vulnerabilities. My recent work focuses on understanding how redevelopment of informal settlements (slums) impact women’s physical health, mental health, and social networks by examining the contribution of built environment in creating thriving communities.