Nakul Mohan Heble

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Nakul Mohan Heble
PhD Student (2017 - )
Research Associate (2013-2017)
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I hold a research masters degree in Disaster Management from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bombay (2013) and a Bachelors in Commerce with a specialization in Finance from the St. Joseph's College of Commerce (Bangalore University, Bangalore, 2005).

My master's dissertation examined various pressures faced by the native water and agricultural management systems of a village named Sabu in the Leh District of Ladakh. The study identified impacts related to agriculture, water, modernity and societal change while documenting the community's subsequent understanding and approaches towards mitigating such pressures apart from their regular systems of coping. My work has also critically examined the Micro Level Plan for the Autonomous region of Ladakh wherein I observed and documented critical cogs in the wheel of agricultural stability in the region.

Post my Bachelors, I worked as an Analyst in Bangalore in the Buy-side Investment Banking sector for more than three years. During my masters course I have had the opportunity to work in various disaster prone and affected regions around the country including 2011 Mumbai Bombings, 2012 Lower Assam Ethnic Conflict and the 2013 Uttarakhand Floods.


My research interests include wastewater governance and policy, climate and development interactions and climate adaptation and mitigation outcomes.

PAST WORK AT ATREE (2013-2017)

At ATREE, I have worked in the project titled ‘Rural-urban conundrum: political economy of social and environmental transformation in agrarian landscapes’ (2011-2016) undertaken by the Land, Water and Livelihoods programme of the Centre for Environment and Development, ATREE and funded by Tata Social Welfare Trust (TSWT).

In this project I have examined the institutional setup of pollution control upstream of the Vrishabhavati Valley and have observed the elements of the industry's environmental compliance, enforcement levels of agencies involved in pollution control and interagency dynamics.


Appellate Authorities under Pollution Control Laws in India: Powers, Problems and Potential S Ghosh, S Lele, N Heble - Law Env't & Dev. J., 2018


Changes in pollution board undermine accountability S Lele, N Heble - Deccan Herald, 2016

BWSSB's wrong approach S Lele, P Kuttuva, N Heble - Deccan Herald, 2016

BWSSB STP rules: Creating more problems than solutions N Heble, S Lele, P Kuttuva - Citizen Matters Bangalore, 2016

Apartments struggle with "manage your own sewage" rule P Kuttuva, S Lele, N Heble - Citizen Matters Bangalore, 2016


Heble, Nakul. "Hydraulic citizenship in a leaky state." Review of Hydraulic City: Water and the Infrastructures of Citizenship in Mumbai by Nikhil Anand, Economic and Political Weekly, vol. 53, no. 43, 27 October 2018.   


“How can I help?!”: My recent experience with an unexpected collaborator, ATREE Young Researchers Network  

Thesis Title: 
Climate policy-making and the politics of adaptation and mitigation projects in India

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