Sucharita Sen has joined as the Executive Director of SaciWATERs in October 2016 and is on leave from position of Professor in the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She was a Nehru-Fulbright Fellow in 2009-10 and was associated with Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA during this period. She is an economic geographer and has published in areas of natural resources and livelihoods, specifically focusing on spatial dynamics of land and water and their connections with the society. Her recent engagement and publications are on labour and gender, with a spatial focus on peri-urban areas, which has experienced fast paced urban expansions and in-migration in the last two decades. She has just completed a major collaborative work on ‘Gender Atlas’ funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), and is currently a team member of the Inter-University Consortium on Cryosphere and Climate Change (IUCCCC) , where her role is to analyse adaptation and adaptive capacities in the Himachal Himalayas.
Dr. Poulomi Banerjee holds a PhD in watershed management from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Prior to joining SaciWATERs she was working as a researcher in Water Resource and Policy Division (WRPM) of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi. She has been working in the field of water supply and sanitation, natural resource management, climate change, agriculture, governance and policy issues for the past seven years. She has proficiency in handling both research and implementation related projects and is associated with various national forums and societies.
Sumit Vij holds a Masters degree in Sustainable Development Practices from TERI University, and completed his bachelor’s in Chemistry from University of Delhi. He also holds a masters degree in Development Management from Tata-Dhan Academy, a collaborative effort of Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) and DHAN Foundation. Before joining SaciWATERs, he worked as a consultant on the Living with Climate Change project with partners in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Canada. He was responsible for designing, planning, and the implementation of the project in semi-arid sites of India, the research methodology followed the socio-cognitive framework to capture community perceptions in the semi-arids. He also gained experience in project designing and coordination while working on the National Dairy Plan at the National Dairy Development Board, Ministry of Agriculture.
His research interest lies in environmental governance and he brings special emphasises on sustainable development in the research through an integrated understanding on discourses of social, political, and environmental significance.
Anshika holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from St.Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai. For her Master’s thesis she studied Kerala’s Gender Responsive Budgeting practices for the year 2016-2017. As a part of this thesis, she also studied the status of women in Kerala and its claim to gender empowerment, including some of its state run programmes for women such as Kudumbashrees. She is currently involved as a Research Associate in the project ‘Ensuring Water Security in Metropolitan Hyderabad: A study of Hydrological settings and Informal Institutional dynamics’ at SaciWATERs.
Sai Kiran is currently working as a field assistant for "Citizen First Water Supply and Sanitation Accountability" Project funded by Water Aid. He is responsible for all the field activities which includes collecting field data on violation points & encroachments of lakes within HMDA through GPS. His past experience includes working as a market supervisor for a private firm.