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Prof Janki Andharia

Professor , Mumbai campus

Dean - Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies
Chairperson - Centre for Disasters and Development, Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies

M.A. (TISS), Ph.D. (University of East Anglia, U.K.)

Professor Janki Andharia is currently the Dean of the School of Disaster Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai and has over 32 years of experience in the field of community organization and social development. Her areas of work focus on gender issues, environmental concerns, democratic governance, addressing diverse forms of marginalization and vulnerability. At the World Education Congress Global Awards for Excellence in Education, Leadership and Teaching on 23rd July 2015 held in Mumbai, Prof. Andharia received an award for her outstanding contribution to education.

She has been involved in national and state level policy making work and has had a long association with grassroots organisations. She was awarded the Association of Commonwealth Universities Scholarship to pursue her Ph.D from School of Environment Sciences, University of East Anglia U.K. in the area of Gender, Development and Environment.

Until 2006, she was Head, Department of Urban and Rural Community Development before moving on as Chairperson of the newly created Centre for Disaster Management. She has provided leadership in the area of Disaster Management within TISS, introducing a full-fledged Masters in the subject. The programme is located within the broad framework of social and environmental justice. Professor Andharia serves on several of the Working Groups and Committees of the National Disaster Management Authority of India and Boards of several organizations. In 2014 she was invited to the Rockefellar Foundation's Residency programme at the Bellagio Centre, Italy. In the same year, Professor Andharia was the receipient of the “Best Professor in Disaster Management award”, instituted by National Education Leadership Awards, Lokmat, Mumbai. This was in recognition of the critical leadership she provided to the establishment of a multidisciplinary Centre for Disaster Management

Over the years Professor Andharia has conducted research, trainings and consultancy assignments for governments, industry and NGOs and international agencies. She has traveled abroad to several countries to deliver special lectures, establish institutional linkages with Universities and also on research collaborations. She has published extensively and is now the series editor for Springer's new book series on Disaster Studies and Management. Professor Andharia serves on the Board of several organizations.


  • Community Organization
  • Disaster Studies and development practice
  • Praxis in disaster managemnet
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Addressing diverse forms of marginalization and vulnerability
  • Gender Issues
  • Policy Planning and democratic governance
  • Disaster Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Disaster Studies: Exploring Intersectionalities in Disaster Discourse (ed) (Forthcoming, 2020), a book published by Springer, Nature, .https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9789813293380
  • Disaster Studies: Locating and contesting Disaster Management and humanitarian response in Disaster Studies: Exploring Intersectionalities in Disaster Discourse (ed) Janki Andharia (Forthcoming 2020). Springer, Nature
  • Blurred Boundaries, shared practices: Disaster studies and disaster management as an emerging discipline and a field of practice in Disaster Studies: Exploring Intersectionalities in Disaster Discourse (ed) Janki Andharia (Forthcoming 2020) Springer.
  • One size fits all? Polemics of Disaster Management from the perspective of post Tsunami experiences of the Nicobari Islanders in Disaster Studies: Exploring Intersectionalities in Disaster Discourse (ed) Janki Andharia (Forthcoming 2020) Springer.
  • Cascading impacts: Eco-fragility, poor livelihoods and cyclones in Sundarbans in Disaster Studies: Exploring Intersectionalities in Disaster Discourse (ed) Janki Andharia (Forthcoming 2020) Springer.
  • Common Property Resources and Environmental Justice in a World at Risk: What Kerala Has to Offer to Participatory Recovery and What It Can Learn, Social Science in Perspectives, Special Issue on Common Property and Citizens Rights: Issues of Reconstruction of Kerala, Vol.10, No.4: October-December 2018 and Vol.11, No.1:January – March 2019. pg. 408-433.(co-author), Published by C. Achutha Menon Study Centre & Library, Thiruvananthapuram.
  • Guest Editor, "Understanding Recovery in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, South Asia Disasters Net, Special Issue No. 175, October 2018. Published by All India Disaster Mitigation Institute.
  • "Redefining Disaster Recovery - The Multi-dimensionality of the Idea of Recovery", in "Understanding Recovery in Andaman and Nicobar Islands", South Asia Disasters Net, Special Issue No. 175, October 2018, Pg. 4 to 6. Published by All India Disaster Mitigation Institute.
  • Democratic Rural Organisations: Thresholds for Evolution in Africa and Asia, London, Routledge, 2018 (co-author).
  • Review of Navi Mumbai Disaster Management Plan. A study commissioned by Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation. November 2014 to March 2015.
  • The Potential of Regional Integration in Disaster Risk Management and Risk Reduction (Special Report on ASEAN-India Strategic Relations), Diplomatist, 17 (Special edition) 48-51, 2017.
  • Disaster Management in IORA: Traversing Rhetoric and Reality" (March 2017), invited paper in the Diplomatist magazine of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) for its 20th Anniversary celebration to be released at the first IORA Leaders' Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 7 March 2017. The theme of the Summit, inaugurated by H.E. Joko Widow, the President of Indonesia, was "Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable, and Prosperous Indian Ocean".
  • Resilience of Indigenous Peoples to Disasters: An Exploration of Practices of Konyak Community, Nagaland, European Scientific Journal (ESJ), Special Edition Vol.1, June 2015, John Paulraj and Janki Andharia http://eujournal.org/index.php/esj/article/view/5718


  • "Humanitarian Logistics: A missing link in Disaster Management and Practice", a paper in Strategic Disaster Risk Management in Asia (eds), Huong Ha, Lalitha S. Fernando and Amir Mahmood published by Springer, London, pp 179-192, 2015 http://www.springer.com/in/book/9788132223726
  • “Changing Landscape of Disasters in India” in Geography and You, Special Issue on Disasters: Emerging Perspectives, Vol 14 Issue 83, March-April, 2014 p.4- 9. Janki Andharia and Prabhakar Jayprakash
  • Factors that Influence Post-disaster Housing Designs, Indian Journal of Architects, 15 (2), 6-10. 2014.
  • Vulnerability in Disaster Discourse: Conceptual Contours of a People-Centered View. In S. Parasuraman and Unni Krishnan (Eds.) Indian Disaster Report II; Redefining Disasters, New Delhi, Oxford University Press 2013. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/india-disasters-report-ii-9780198090410?cc=us&lang=en&#
  • All for the Want of a Horseshoe Nail, The Hindu, Chennai, June 2013 http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/all-for-the-want-of-a-horseshoenail/article4928677.ece#comments
  • Women and Leadership in Development, Planning, Organising, and Social Change. In M. Weil (ed.), The Handbook of Community Practice, Thousand Oaks, Sage Publications, 2013 (co-author)https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/the-handbook-of-community-practice/book235083#contents
  • Community Organization and Community Research: Women's Struggle for Food Security in India. In Godson Lisa and Phillimore Jenny (eds.), Community Research for Participation: From Theory to Practice, Bristol, UK: Policy Press, 2012. Janki Andharia and Neeta Hardikar. http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/C/bo13321606.html
  • Sustainable Livelihood: Tribals in Island Eco-system. In S. Nicklin (Ed.), Risk Returns, United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, Leicester: Tudor Rose, 2011 http://digital.onwindows.com/risk-returns-2011/files/assets/downloads/publication.pdf
  • Towards Disaster Resilience Index for Vulnerable Communities in Mumbai, JTCDM Working Paper Series Number 12, Mumbai: Tata Institute of Social Sciences, 2010.
  • Critical Exploration of Community Organisation in India, Community Development Journal, 44 (3), 276-290, 2009 http://cdj.oxfordjournals.org/content/44/3/276.extract
  • Higher Education in Disaster Management: The TISS Experience, Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management, 1 (1), 79-91, 2009. Janki Andharia and Sunil Santha http://rpsonline.com.sg/journals/101-ajedm/2009/0101/1010101-toc.html
  • Professor Andharia was series editor for JTCDM Working Papers from 2007 to 2010 as Chairperson of the Centre and brought out 13 working papers on diverse areas of disaster management.

Research Projects

Selected few

  • Social Vulnerability in Hazard Vulnerability Analysis, Navi Mumbai supported by Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation and UNDP, India (Ongoing)
  • Democratic Rural Organsiations: A Four country study on India, Uganda, Bangladesh and Cambodia supported by Caritas (Denmark) and Danmission. October 2014 to January 2015.
  • Review of Navi Mumbai Disaster Management Plan. A stduy commissioned by Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC). Completed March 2015.
  • Building Community Resilience to Disasters in India: Progress, Challenges and Way Ahead, A study for the UNDP, India and Home Department, GoI. Completed 2014.
  • Hospital Preparedness for Disaster Response in Mumbai, A research study in collaboration with CEHAT, (2013). Examines Hospital Preparedness after 26/11 Terror Attack in Mumbai.
  •  Post Aila Livelihoods in Sundarbans: Towards an Intervention. A Research Project on post cyclone impact in the eco-fragile region of Sundarbans. (Completed 2011)
  •  Humanitarian Logistics in India, 2010: A research study exploring and reviewing logistics in the armed forces to draw lessons for civil administration. (Completed 2011.
  • Hospital Preparedness for Disaster Response in Mumbai in collaboration with CEHAT, (Completed 2009).
  • Climate Change and Urban Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Index (CCUDRR), a research project supported by Kyoto University (Completed 2008.
  • Carrying Capacity of Mumbai, Conservation Action Trust (Completed, 2008).
  • A Research Report on “Curriculum development for M.Sc. Island Ecology / Economy”, 2007-09. (Completed 2009).
  • A Situation Report on Nicobar Islands: A post tsunami Assessment. (Completed 2008) 
  • A Study of Green Houses in China, for comparison in Ladakh (Completed 2006).


Courses Taught currently:

MDM2: Disasters, Vulnerability and Risk (2 Credits,30 hours)

Position: I Semester

MDM7: Disasters and Development (2 Credits)

Position: II Semester

MDM35: Field Internship II ( 6 credits, shared with Ms. Saumya Kumar)

Position : III Semester

MDM 29: Strategic Planning and Distribution Networks in Disasters: Transportation, Warehousing and Inventory Management (2 Credits)

Position: IV Semester

MDM 30 : Self Study in Disaster Logistics (2 Credits)

Position: IV Semester (with Dr. Shibu Mani)

MDM 37 Research Dissertation (Credits: 8 Credits)

Position: II, III and IVth semesters

Each year Professor Andharia guides 5 to 6 students for their Masters' dissertation.

She also teaches courses in the MPhil Programme

She is in charge of the IFRC-TISS Online Certificate Programme on Disaster Management

Email: andharia[at]tiss[dot]edu

For appointments contact Ms. Aruna Chavan

Phone, Landline: +91-2225525883