Veena Srinivasan


Veena Srinivasan
Director, Centre for Social and Environmental Innovation

Specialties: water resources, economic modeling, social and environmental innovation, socio-hydrology, water policy, development, water sustainability

I am a Senior Fellow at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore. My research interests include inter-sectoral water allocation, impacts of multiple stressors on water resources, bi-directional socio-hydrologic feedbacks, and sustainable water management policy and practice. Prior to joining ATREE, I worked for several years on energy and water issues in India, California and globally.

I have a Masters in Energy and Environmental Studies from Boston University and a B-Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.

I received my PhD from Stanford University’s Emmet Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER) in 2008. My dissertation compared centralized and decentralized approaches to urban water supply in Chennai, using a hydro-economic modelling approach. As a post-doctoral scholar at Stanford, I helped develop a framework for a Global Freshwater Initiative at Stanford to understand patterns in the nature and causes of global water crises. My recent research at ATREE has focused on understanding anthropogenic and climatic influences in urbanizing watersheds and identifying appropriate policies and adaptation measures.