Senior Researcher: Water and Ecosystems
Capacity Building Coordinator
Dr. Nidhi Nagabhatla sprawls several worlds of experience in sustainability science and transdisciplinary research (land-water-climate-society nexus). She holds a Master’s degree from the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (Pantnagar University), and a Ph.D. (2005) from University of Pune and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). She obtained a working Ph.D. degree while serving as a scientific staff of ISRO’s Research Institute and implementing a national-level program in small island systems. Owing to her deep interest in a rights-based approach to sustainable development, she undertook post-graduate study in International Humanitarian Law study from National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR, India).
Prior to joining UNU-INWEH, Dr. Nagabhatla served on various positions and assignments with diverse international institutions such as The Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR); The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); The Climate Center of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APCC) – South Korea; and with academic institutions in Germany and the United Kingdom. Her geographical experience spans the South Asian, South-East Asian, Western Europe, and South African regions.
Dr. Nagabhatla currently serves as the Chair of Steering Committee Board of YPARD – an international movement for Young Professionals in Agricultural Development hosted with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Rome, Italy. She also serves as a Task Force expert with Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Dr. Nagabhatla is a recipient of the prestigious Chevening Rolls-Royce Science, Innovation and Leadership Program award at the University of Oxford under the Future Leaders Program of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK. She is also actively involved as a mentor with the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) and Social Entrepreneurship initiative by the Chevening Group. Dr. Nagabhatla has over 100 publications to her name that includes peer reviewed scripts, research reports, book chapters, conference publications, and popular articles. Nidhi considers herself as a world citizen and a bibliophile, she is a nature lover and her long-term dream is to explore the world and its various cultures.