Apoorva R

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Apoorva R
Manager – Science and Research (CSEI)
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Apoorva is affiliated to the Centre for Social and Environmental Innovation at ATREE. Prior to this, she was a researcher with the Water, Land and Society research programme. She has been involved in the identification and implementation of appropriate field instrumentation for hydrological monitoring and data acquisition in the Arkavathy basin and lakes in Bangalore. She has worked on understanding household water use in Coimbatore, commercial/ industrial water use in Bangalore and water management challenges in the Noyyal-Bhavani river basin.

Research Interests

Apoorva’s research interests include understanding technology and policy choices in development, evidence based policy, system dynamics and natural resource sustainability. Her interests in the water sector are related to access to safe water, technology interventions & impacts and approaches for collaborative management.  

Research Projects 

  • Adapting to Climate Change in Urbanizing Watersheds (ACCUWa) (completed)
  • 2035 Vision for Sustainable and Equitable Water and Wastewater Management in Bangalore (completed)
  • Context-Based Water Targets Pilot Study – Noyyal-Bhavani River Basin (completed)


Apoorva has a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication Engineering from PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore. An interest in understanding linkages between technology, environmental sustainability and development led her to do an interdisciplinary master’s in Technology and Development from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

Journal Articles

Penny Gopal, Veena Srinivasan, R. Apoorva, Kirubaharan Jeremiah, Joshua Peschel, Sierra Young, Sally Thompson, “A processbased approach to attribution of historical streamflow decline in a datascarce and humandominated watershed”, Hydrological Processes (2020): DOI: 10.1002/hyp.13707

R. Apoorva, Durba Biswas, Veena Srinivasan, “Do household surveys estimate tap water use accurately? Evidence from pressure-sensor based estimates in Coimbatore, India”, Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development (2018) 8 (2): 278-289, DOI: 10.2166/washdev.2018.127


R. Apoorva, Kulranjan, R., Pranuti, C. L., Vivek, M., and Srinivasan, V. 2019. Contextual Water Targets Pilot Study: Noyyal-Bhavani River Basin. Bengaluru. Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE). (Full report)

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Journal Articles

Gopal Penny Veena Srinivasan R. Apoorva Kirubaharan Jeremiah Joshua Peschel Sierra Young Sally Thompson 2020 A process‐based approach to attribution of historical streamflow decline in a data‐scarce and human‐dominated watershed. Hydrological Processes.

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