Meghana Eswar, Research Associate

Education and Experience

Meghana has a Masters degree (M.Sc) in Disaster Management from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (2009) and a Bachelors in Electronics and Communication (2005) from JSSATE (VTU), Bangalore. The Masters provided her an entry into the social sciences field, after working in the IT sector for a couple of years.
Her masters dissertation explored factors which influenced the spread of Chikungunya, an epidemic in 2006. The response of the government to the epidemic, peoples awareness about Chikungunya and the precautionary measures that were adopted were some factors looked at.

She has worked at Svaraj, Doddaballapur on waste management. This was part of a larger Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) programme. Later, her work at Saahas, Bangalore was primarily on e-waste management – working with small scale e-waste recyclers, government departments, conducting awareness programmes.

Research Interest

Meghana's research interest is broadly in understanding the roles of the community as well as the government in the water and waste management sector. It also includes understanding the effectiveness, extent of implementation of government programmes/schemes.

Current Project

Meghana is working in the social sciences team of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) funded project - Adapting to Climate Change in Urbanizing Watersheds (ACCUWa). She is contributing to the analysis of water demand in the agricultural sector and household responses to domestic water scarcity in the Arkavathy basin.