Pooja's research interests are in developing governance and policy solutions for problems at the intersection of water and agriculture for livelihood security and resource sustainability in semi-arid regions of Asia and Africa. Pooja uses a systems lens to approach problems. She applies both qualitative and quantitative methods to capture interactions within and between social and natural systems. Prior to joining IIT Delhi, Pooja was a postdoctoral researcher at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in the department of Land and Water Management, where she continues to be an Affiliate Researcher. Her postdoctoral research explored the development of an adaptive investment pathways approach to support smallholder farmer-led irrigation along sand-river aquifers in sub-Saharan Africa. Pooja received her PhD from CTARA IIT Bombay. Her thesis investigated the promotion of horticulture cultivation as a means to enhance farm incomes in the drought-prone regions of Maharashtra.


Ph.D. in Technology and Development (Center for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas, IIT Bombay); M.S. in Management Science and Engineering (Stanford University); B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering (IIT Bombay)

Research Interests:

Agricultural water management, climate resilient agriculture, sustainability science, system dynamics, uncertainty and risk

IIT Campus, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi 110016