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Apoorva R
Senior Research Associate
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Apoorva R, Senior Research Associate

Apoorva works with the Water, Land and Society programme as a Senior Research Associate. She has been involved in the identification and implementation of appropriate field instrumentation for hydrological monitoring and data acquisition in the Arkavathy basin and lakes in Bangalore. She has worked on understanding household water use in Coimbatore and commercial/ industrial water use in Bangalore. Presently, she is working on a pilot study on context-based water target setting for industrial units in Noyyal-Bhavani river basin. 

Research Interests

Apoorva’s research interests include understanding technology and policy choices in development, evidence based policy, system dynamics and natural resource sustainability. Her interests in the water sector are related to access to safe water, technology interventions & impacts and approaches for collaborative management.  

Research Projects

  • Adapting to Climate Change in Urbanizing Watersheds (ACCUWa)
  • Sustainable Wastewater Management in Bangalore: Towards a 2035 Vision
  • Context-Based Water Targets Pilot Study – Noyyal-Bhavani River Basin


Apoorva has a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication Engineering from PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore. An interest in understanding linkages between technology, environmental sustainability and development led her to do an interdisciplinary master’s in Technology and Development from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. She looked into different approaches to assessing soil salinity and examined the status of assessment of salt affected lands at the local scale in the context of Sangli district, Maharashtra.


R. Apoorva, Durba Biswas, Veena Srinivasan, “Do household surveys estimate tap water use accurately? Evidence from pressure-sensor based estimates in Coimbatore, India”, Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development (2018) 8 (2): 278-289, DOI: 10.2166/washdev.2018.127