I am interested in the process and means through which scientific knowledge finds its way into decision making specifically with respect to water and sustainability. This is a strong motivation for my pursuing the Water Science, Policy and Management (WSPM) master’s programme at Oxford.
My educational background comprises a prior master’s in Environmental Studies and Resource Management from TERI School of Advanced Studies (TERI-SAS) in New Delhi, India and an undergraduate in Chemistry, Environmental Science and Zoology from St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous) Bangalore, India.
I have increasingly focused on water science – first through investigating and modelling wildfire-hydrology interactions in the Garhwal Himalayas for my master’s thesis and then as a researcher with the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore, where I built a simple model for a series of cascading urban lakes.
The Oxford India Centre has played a critical role in supporting me to be a scholar in the WSPM programme for which I am most grateful. OICSD enables me to maintain a connection with the Indian context, which I value greatly, since with climate change and the rapid pace of urbanization, water availability and distribution are huge challenges for India.