I am a researcher at the Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), an NGO based in Pune, India. My work focuses on climate change adaptation, building resilience, and sustainable development in dryland areas, and I love working at the intersection of science, policy, and practice.
I did my master's in Environmental Science and Engineering at a joint programme from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and Stanford University, USA, in 2007. After four years of work as an energy analyst in Singapore, I returned to India and started working in the development sector. I have worked on various natural resource management, alternate energy, and ecosystem-based adaptation projects for the past decade while also being actively involved in following global climate change negotiations.
I started my PhD at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in December 2019 with the Water Systems and Global Change chair group. My research at WUR focuses on Climate Resilient Development Pathways for semiarid regions in India. As a part of my PhD, I am working on a context-specific framework for assessing the resilience of semiarid farming systems in India. I am excited to be a part of the 4TU.RE fellowship as it gives me the opportunity to engage with others actively involved in assessing the resilience of farming systems from different contexts. I look forward to closer interaction with these researchers and also to share my own experiences from India.
In my free time, I enjoy long-distance and trail running. I would love to be introduced to good places to hike / run in the Netherlands the next time I am at Wageningen!