Dr. Asavari Devadiga

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Dr. Asavari Devadiga
Adjunct Fellow


Urban planning and policy; environmental science and planning; water resources; urban water service/ infrastructure service; sustainability planning; resilience; international development.


Ph.D., City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley
MS, Environmental Policy, University of Massachusetts Boston
Post Graduate Diploma, Environmental Science, University of Bombay
BS, Microbiology, University of Bombay


Asavari Devadiga's expertise resides in urban infrastructure service and its delivery and environmental planning. Dr. Devadiga has a strong interdisciplinary background ranging from the technical sciences, applied and social sciences, to urban planning and policy. Dr. Devadiga has a wide ranging 18+ years of professional history working in public, private, and nongovernment sectors. Her experience spans leading and managing teams and projects as well as conducting technical analyses for a wide variety of projects including urban and infrastructure development, environmental restoration, watershed management, water supply diversification, and land use master plans. Asavari's more recent work includes collaborative research and planning for regional water resilience in the Bay Area at the Association of Bay Area Government and on affordable housing at the City of Berkeley. Dr. Devadiga also serves as an Adjunct Fellow at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) in Bangalore, where she is working on wastewater management and environmental governance.

Dr. Devadiga's research interests and experience span sustainability planning, resilience, governance and institutions, and international policy.

Selected Recent Panel Invitations:

Infrastructure and Service: Bringing a Planning Perspective to Innovation and Transition Pathways. Panelist, Beyond Oil - A Conference by Spaces of Climate and Energy Laboratory. University of Bergen, Bergen. Norway. October 2017.

Stormwater Management and Water Reuse - Integrating Environmental Considerations into Quality of Life. Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering (CESE), Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B). Mumbai. India. September 2017.

The "Enhanced Hybrid Approach": Facing Water Challenges by Building Resilience. Panelist, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning's 56th Annual Conference.  Portland, OR, November 2016.

Questioning The Current Water Delivery Structures: An Investigation of Policy and Practices with an Urban Planning Perspective. Panelist and Discussant, 17th International Planning History Conference, Delft, The Netherlands. Organized by the Delft Univ. of Technology. July 2016.

The "Local Up" Approach To Resilience: Policy Lessons from Water Delivery Practices. Panelist and Discussant, Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia (UCRSEA) Partnership Conference, Hanoi, Vietnam. Funded by the International Dev. Research Centre (IDRC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). April 2016.


4C Future Ecologies, College of Environmental Design

ED102 Sustainable Urbanism, College of Environmental Design

CP254 Sustainable Communities, Department of City and Regional Planning

In[City] Summer Program, Department of City and Regional Planning


Devadiga, Asavari.  (Forthcoming, 2019)  “Water When You Need It”: Drawing Lessons from Practices in Hubli-Dharwad, India. International Development Planning Journal.

Devadiga Asavari. (Forthcoming, 2019). Building Smart Water Communities: Technology and Institutions Toward Better Water. In Smart Village Technology: Concepts and Developments. Springer, Germany.

K. P. Jayaramu, Devadiga, Asavari and Manoj Kumar. (2015). Connecting the Last Mile - Water Access Policy in Action. Waterlines, Vol. 34 (2).

Alex, Jen; Austodillo, Edgar; Cloutier, Roy; Devadiga, Asavari; Godlewski, Joseph; Staton, Brooke; and Velasco, Stephanie. (2013). SHA[RE]SOURCE: Connecting, Collecting, and Creating Resource-sharing Initiatives in the Built Environment. KTISMAjournal at University of Oregon, Vol. 3.

Devadiga, Asavari. (2012). California Water Management Success Stories: The Portfolio Management Approach and other Advances in Sustainability. Ecology Law Currents. A Panel Review at California Water Law Symposium held in January 2012.

Devadiga, Asavari and Hartshorn, Jenneen, (2012). Achieving Water Sustainability in a Changing Climate. Ecology Law Currents. A Panel Review at California Water Law Symposium held in January 2012.

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