Dr. Priyanka Jamwal

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Dr. Priyanka Jamwal
Fellow, Centre for Environment and Development
priyanka.jamwal@atree.org

Fellow, Centre for Environment and Development, ATREE

Research Interests

I am interested in the problem of water pollution, including point and non-point source pollution, biological and industrial contamination, and surface and ground water. I am also interested in determining pollution abatement through wastewater treatment and contamination/decontamination approaches in water distribution network. My work involves field sampling, laboratory simulations and modelling approaches. I am also in charge of the Water and Soil Laboratory at ATREE.

Academic Record

PhD, Environmental Engineering and Management, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, 2008.
Dissertation Title: Point and Non-point source of pollution in Delhi city: Quantification and Management.

M.E, Environmental Engineering, Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, 2003.

B.Tech., Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, 2001.

Awards 

  • Water Quality Workshop Grant, Royal Society of Chemistry, British Council, UK, November 2018 
  • Researcher Exchange Grant, NERC, UK and the Ministry of Earth Sciences, India, May 2017 
  • RBC Fellowship, Royal Bank of Canada, Canada, February 2016
  • Fast Track Young Scientist Award, Department of Science And Technology, India, March 2012 
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate Fellowship, from Indian Institute of science, Bangalore, India, September 2008 
  • Research Assistantship Fellowship, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), India March 2005 
  • EGIDE Scholarship, for nine months sandwich program of Ministere Affairs Etrangeres Boursier du Gouvernement Francais as a Research Fellow in CEREVE Paris, France, December 2004

 Reports and discussion papers 

 Editorials and commentaries (in academic journals) 

  •  Biswas. D and Jamwal P. Swachh Bharat Mission - Groundwater Contamination in Peri-urban India, Economic and Political weekly (52), 20 (2017): 18-20.

Press coverage

Seminar proceedings

  • Philiphs. D., Karlsurd, K and P. Jamwal (2017). Strategic in-stream systems (STRAin-s): A decentralized, anticipatory approach to urban wastewater decontamination within Bangalore and beyond. Annual Work seminar, ATREE, 2 – 4 August, 2017.
  • Biswas. D and Jamwal. P (2017). Groundwater and sanitation nexus in peri-urban towns: Learnings from the field. Annual Work seminar, ATREE, 2 – 4 August, 2017.
  • Thomas, B. K, P. Jamwal, S. Lele and V. Srinivasan (2014). 'Thinking About Urban Resilience: The Case of Water Scarcity and Wastewater Reuse in Bengaluru', Urban Resilience: Proceedings of the Colloquium, Bengaluru: Public Affairs Centre, ISBN 9788188816378.
  • Jamwal. P, T. Md. Zuhail, Praveen Raje Urs and Malavika Gopinath (2013). Estimation of organic load along the Vrishabhavathy River, Karnataka, India. Annual Work seminar, ATREE, 6 – 8 August, 2013. 

Conference papers (oral or poster)

  • Fones. G., P. Jamwal., Gravell. A. and Mills. A. Graham (2018). Applications of Chemcatcher for screening pharmaceuticals in the effluent of sewage treatment plant in Bangalore, India, In 10th International Passive Sampling Workshop (IPSW), 9 – 11 May 2018, Dublin, Ireland.
  • K.B. Chandan., P. Raje. Urs., and P. Jamwal (2016). Benchmarking efficiency and efficacy of decentralized STPs using life cycle approach: A case study of Bangalore, India, In: Thirty-second National Convention of Environmental Engineers. Organised by The Institution of Engineers (India), 5 – 6 August 2016, Pune Local Center, India. 
  • Jamwal P., S. Lele and M. Menon (2016). Rethinking water quality standards in the context of urban rivers, In: Urbanization and the Environment. Organised by Indian Society for Ecological Economics, January 4 - 6, 2016. Bangalore, India.

  Academic conferences/symposia/workshops

  • 2018 June: Groundwater Sanitation Nexus, Workshop on Groundwater Sanitation Nexus Research Programme, IHS Bangalore, 19th June 2018 Bangalore, India.
  • 2018 May: Planetary Health Annual Meeting, University of Edinburgh, 29-31 May 2018 Edinburgh, United Kingdom. https://planetaryhealthannualmeeting.org/
  • 2018 March: GCRF-Water Observatory and Solutions Hub (G-WOSH) Full application workshop, 6-9 March 2018, Stirling Highland Hotel, Stirling, United Kingdom.
  • 2017 December: Rethinking Water Management in Bengaluru, Workshop supported by IDRC, Royal Norwegian Embassy and Oracle, Alliance Francaise, 19th December 2017 Bangalore, India. 
  • 2017 October: Frontiers of Engineering for Development symposium, Oxford University, 17-20 September 2017, United Kingdom. https://www.raeng.org.uk/policy/international-policy-anddevelopment/gcrf....
  • 2017 July: Unlock Bengaluru 2017, Water Research Institute , 8 th July 2017, Bangalore, India, Panelist http://wri-india.org/events/unlock-bengaluru-2017

 Invited talks/keynote addresses

  • 2018 May: Water quality management: the effect of industrial effluents on human health, Invited Talk, Planetary Health Annual Meeting, University of Edinburgh, 2018-05-28, University of Edinburgh, UK, https://planetaryhealthannualmeeting.org/
  • 2018 March: Catchment-based strategy to address water quality issues in rapidly urbanising habitations, Key Note address, E-Sail International Conference, 2018-03-01, Christ University campus, Bangalore, India.
  • 2017 November: Catchment-based strategy to address water quality issues in rapidly urbanising habitations, Invited Talk, 2nd Information & Networking, Event: EU-India Call on Water, Bengaluru, 30 -11-2017, Bangalore, India
  • 2017 October: Strategic In-stream Systems (STRAin-s): A Decentralized, Anticipatory Approach to Urban Wastewater De-contamination Within Indian Emerging Cities, Invited Talk, Frontiers of Engineering for Development symposium , Research councils UK, 2017-09-17, Oxford Union, UK. https://www.raeng.org.uk/policy/international-policy-and-development/gcr...(1)/symposium-3
  • 2017 July: Surface water quality management in urbanising watersheds: Key issues Challenges and way forward, Invited Talk, Department of Civil Engineering, Christ College, 2017-07-08, Bangalore, India
  • 2017 July: City and its wastewater : Key issues and challenges, Invited Talk, National Workshop on Advocating for Scaling Safe water Solutions, Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA) , 2016-07-21, Himachal Pradesh, India
  • 2017 March: Surface water quality management in urbanising watersheds: Key issues Challenges and way forward, Invited Talk, Society of Civil Engineering, 2017-03-27, NIT Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh
  • 2017 January: Sustainable Development and Water issue- Scarcity, Pollution and Water conservation management, Invited Talk, Training programme on Environment Audit, Regional Training Centre (RTC), 2017-01-04, Bangalore, India

Major visits within the country and abroad

  • 2018 August: Invited to attend stakeholder meeting on Grassroots Field Exposure Initiative (GFES) in the Water Quality Management sector in West Bengal, Supported by the India-UK Water Centre (IUKWC), 5-8 August 2018, India
  • 2018 May: Invited to present my work on water pollution and the associated Health risk at the Annual Planetary health alliance meeting held in the University of Edinburgh, 29-31 May 2018, United Kingdom
  • 2018 March: Invited to attend the pre-proposal workshop on Global Water Observatory and Solution Hub (GWOSH), Supported by the University of Stirling, Scotland, 6-9 March 2018, United Kingdom
  • 2017 October: Invited to attend the Frontiers of Engineering for Development symposium, Supported by the Research councils UK, Oxford Union 17-20 September 2017, United Kingdom
  • 2016 February: Visiting Professor at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Supported by Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), 01 – 28 February 2016, Canada

Training Workshops/Summer Schools/Conferences organized:

  • 2018 November: Indo-UK workshop on monitoring and analysis strategies for anthropogenic pollutants in environmental and waste waters, Project dissemination Workshop supported by Royal Council of UK: Global Challenges Research Fund, Bangalore, 12 November, 2018 
  • 2018 November: Workshop for school students on plant-BES, Project dissemination Workshop supported by University of Cambridge and Royal Academy of Engineering, Bangalore, 9 November 2018
  • 2017 December: Rethinking Water Management in Bengaluru, Project dissemination Workshop supported by IDRC, Royal Norwegian Embassy and Oracle, Alliance Francaise, Bangalore, 19 December, 2017
  • 2017 May: Surface water quality monitoring: Key issues, challenges and the way forward, Workshop supported by Indo-UK water Centre (IUKWC) ATREE, Bangalore, May 18, 2017  

 Media appearances (TV /radio interviews/talks):

Legislation /Regulatory Input:

  • Using passive sapling monitoring devices for water quality monitoring, Demonstrated the use of Chemcatchers to monitor surface water quality to the key officers of Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, 2017-05-10
  • Water quality monitoring of Urban streams, Presented findings of TSWT project to the key officers of Karnataka State Pollution Control Board , 2016-04-05
  • Water management in urbanising watersheds, Presented findings of ACCUWa project to the key officers of Bangalore Water Supply And Sewerage Board , 2016-04-05
  • Water management in urbanising watersheds, Presented findings of TSWT project presented to the key officers of Karnataka state Pollution control board, 2015-03-31 d.

Government committees served on or contributed to:

  • Bellandur Lake Committee: Member, Urban Development Department, Karnataka
  • Karnataka State Water Policy-Task Group: Member (Sub Group –Water Quality), Karnataka Jnaana Aayoga
  • National Water Mission: Invited to contribute to the water quality chapter of the state specific Action plan, National Water Mission  

ATREE Committees: Duration and whether as Chair or Member:

  • Waste Management Committee, Chair, 2017-04-01, till date
  • Hostel warden, 2017-04-04, till date
  • Waste Management Committee, Member, 2016-03-01, 2017-04-01
  • Committee Against Sexual Harassment, Chair, 2013-03-01, 2016-01-01
  • Committee Against Sexual Harassment, Member, 2016-01-01, 2017-01-01
  • Salary Task Force, Member, 2017-10-15 

 Institutional representation

  • Karnataka State Water Policy: Member, (Water quality –Sub group), Karnataka Jnaana Aayoga
  • Bellandur Lake Committee: Member, Urban Development Department, Karnataka
  • National Water Mission: Invited to contribute to the water quality chapter of the state specific Action plan, National Water Mission

 Involvement in other academic activities:

1. Journal reviewer / grant reviewer

  • Water and Environment Journal, Reviewer
  • Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Reviewer
  • Water and Environment Journal, Reviewer
  • Journal of Environmental Management, Reviewer
  • Current Science, Reviewer
  • Drinking Water and Science Journal , Reviewer

 2. Other professional activities

  • Invited by KSPCB along with several members from various organisation to formulate guidelines for the Bangalore Lakes watchdog committee
  • ATREE singed an MOU with Karnataka state pollution control board (KSPCB). In the MOU, ATREE seeks help from KSPCB to conduct a pollution monitoring study on urban river

Academic Visitors hosted:

  • Supratik Guha, Professor, University of Chicago, United States of America, Partnership involving water quality monitoring of Jakkur Lake-Part of Water to Cloud Project, April 2018.
  • Paolo Bombelli, Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, Joint project on wastewater treatment using BES systems, April 2018.
  • Carvalho Laurence, Professor, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh, UK, Partnership involving monitoring of GHG from Lakes in and around Bangalore- Part of SUNRISE Project, February 2018.
  • Neil Robertson, Professor, University of Edinburg, UK, Partnership involving assessing the effectiveness of photocatalytic beads for disinfecting drinking water-part of Global Innovation project (JHI), February 2018.
  • Gary Fones, Professor, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth UK, Joint project on Passive sampling devices for water quality monitoring, May 2017.
  • M. S. Mohan Kumar, Professor, Department of Civil engineering, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, hosted visit to attend workshop on Surface water quality monitoring: Key issues, challenges and the way forward, ATREE, May 2017. 
  • Richard Alan, Business Sector Lead: Environment at the James Hutton Institute, hosted visit to attend ATREE@20: Conference on Conservation Science and Sustainable Development, January 2017.

 List of Research Assistants (RA) and Interns

  • Anusree K Anju, RA Water quality, NIT Suratkal, Decentralized wastewater treatment - global innovation for sustainable rural communities, 2017-07-01,
  • Chandan Gowda, RA water quality, Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering, Efficiency evaluation of apartment scale sewage treatment plants employing different treatment technology, 2015-08-01,
  • Mahesh J, Intern, Mysore University, Exploring the presence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in lakes receiving treated/untreated wastewater, 2018-01-01, 2018-03-05
  • Praveen Kumar, RA Water quality, Annamalai University, Decentralized wastewater treatment - global innovation for sustainable rural communities, 2017-07-01, 2018-07-01
  • Praveen Raje Urs, RA water quality, Bangalore University, Adapting to climate change in urbanizing watersheds (ACCUWa),2014-03-01, 2017-07-01
  • Abhijit Sreepada, Intern, Ashoka University, Identification of pollution sources in Bellandur Lake catchment , 2018-06-10, 2018-07-10
  • Malkan Syed, Intern, Department of Chemical Engineering, Siddaganga Institute of Technology (SIT), Fate and transport of pollutant in Bellandur Lake Catchment, 2018-06-10, 2018-07-31
  • Isabel S Seguin, Intern, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Are Floating Wetlands a Viable Water Treatment Option for Bangalore’s Lakes?, 2017-07-01, 2017-08-09
  • Sowmya Murugan, Intern, ISER Thiruvananthapuram, Filtration Experiment - Assess and compare the passive performance and efficiency of various filter materials on water quality, 2017-04-01, 2018-06-01
  • Aswathy S, Intern, ISER Thiruvanathapuram, Spatial Case Study Of Groundwater And Sanitation Nexus In Peri Urban Small Towns Of Bangalore, 2017-04-01, 2018-06-01
  • Janis Lobo, Student, Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo, Jakkur Lake Remediation Project, 2016-10-01, 2017-03-31
  • Aseela Naqvi, Intern, Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo, Jakkur Lake Remediation Project, 2016-10-01, 2017-03-31
  • Noorulain Salim, Intern, Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo, Jakkur Lake Remediation Project, 2016-10-01, 2017-03-31
  • Joy Liu, Intern, Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo, Jakkur Lake Remediation Project , 2016-10-01, 2017-03-31
  • Divya Nayak, RA, Carnegie Melon University, Adapting to climate change in urbanizing watersheds (ACCUWa), 2015-07-01, 2016-08-18
  • Mohammed Idris, RA, Bangalore University, Adapting to climate change in urbanizing watersheds (ACCUWa), 2014-12-22, 2016-05-09
  • Panthagada Kavitha, Intern, IIT Bhubaneswar, Efficiency evaluation of Jakkur lake Sewage treatment plant, 2016-05-01, 2016-07-13
  • Naveen M N, Intern, National Institute of Engineering Mysore, Modelling Chlorine decay in a Scaled Water Distribution System, 2015-01-01, 2015-06-30
  • Syeda Arshiya, Intern, National Institute of Engineering Mysore, Modelling Fecal coliform decay in a Water Distribution System, 2015-11-01, 2016-03-31
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Book Chapters

Srinivasan, V., Lele, S., Thomas, B.K. and Jamwal, P. , 2017 , Whose River? The changing waterscape of the upper Arkavathy under urbanisation , In Hiremath, A. J., Rai, N. and Siddhartha, A. (Eds), Transcending boundaries: Reflecting on twenty years of action and research at ATREE. pp. 122-131. Bangalore: ATREE.
Jamwal, P. and Lele, S. , 2017 , Addressing Pollution in Urban Rivers: What we learnt from the Vrishabhavathy River in Bengaluru , In Hiremath, A. J., Rai, N. and Siddhartha, A. (Eds), Transcending boundaries: Reflecting on twenty years of action and research at ATREE. pp. 104-113. Bangalore: ATREE.

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