Dr. Priyanka Jamwal

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Veena Srinivasan, Sharachchandra Lele, Jagdish Krishnaswamy and Priyanka Jamwal

Book Chapters

Jamwal, P. , 2018 , Remediation of Contaminated Urban Streams: A Decentralized Ecological Wastewater Treatment Approach , Water Remediation, PP 29-41, Springer, Singapore.
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.

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Dr. Priyanka Jamwal
Fellow, Water, Land and Society programme, Centre for Environment and Development,  Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)



Research Interests

I am interested in solving 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.


  • 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


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