Neha Khandekar has joined ATREE as a PhD researcher trying to provide perspectives to the existing water conflict in Cauvery basin from a socio-hydrology lens. Her focus is on studying the agriculture sector in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu region.
Before joining ATREE, she has six years of research experience in water resources management, specifically around water conflicts (around hydropower development) in Indian river basins. For the past few years she has worked as a technical analyst in field of water and agriculture engaging with grassroots as well as international organisations. She holds a Masters in water management from TERI University, New Delhi and after masters have taken up research assignments at sub-national, national and South-Asian level with organisations like People’s Science Institute, Uttarakhand, Northern Himalayas; International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal, GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Uttarakhand, Northern Himalayas, and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi and Indian Himalayan Region. For her research, she has travelled extensively across varied mountain and plains socio-ecological systems within the catchments in Northern Indian Himalayan region and have gathered decent exposure on working at the grassroots.