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Dr Suparana Katyaini

Assistant Professor , Hyderabad campus

School of Livelihoods and Development

PhD (Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati),

M.Sc. (TERI School of Advanced Studies, Delhi),

B.Sc. (Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University)

Suparana Katyaini is an Assistant Professor  in the School of Livelihoods and Development at TISS Hyderabad campus. She is  engaged in teaching interdisciplinary courses on climate change, conservation and development.

Prior to  being associated with  TISS Hyderabad she was engaged in research  on environmental and developmental issues in India with The Energy and Resources Institute, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences  at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)Guwahati, and IIT Delhi, and International River Foundation.She received the inaugural Vera Thiess Fellowship from International River Foundation  for advancing  women's participation in river and water management in 2016-17.She also had brief association with UNDP Cap-Net, Global Water Partnership, and Oxfam. She has  over 10 years of research experience. 


 Environmental, natural resources and developmental issues with a focus on

  • water resources governance and management
  • climate change vulnerability, adaptation and resilience
  • sustainability science and science-policy interface
  • disaster risk management and governance
  • inequalities and inclusiveness
  • multidimensional nature of poverty

Journal Articles

  • Katyaini,S., Barua, A., Duarte,R. (2020) Science-Policy Interface on Water Scarcity in India: Giving 'Visibility' to Unsustainable Virtual Water Flows (1996-2014) Journal of Cleaner Production. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0959652620341044
  • Katyaini, S., Van Wessel, M., and Sahoo, S. (2020). How development organizations engage inrepresentation: a closer look using the case of disaster management in India (forthcoming)
  • Katyaini S., and Barua, A., (2017). Assessment of Inter-State Virtual Water Flows Embedded in Agriculture to Mitigate Water Scarcity in India (1996-2014), Water Resources Research.   https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/2016WR020247
  • Katyaini, S., and Barua, A., (2016). Water Policy at science-policy interface - challenges and opportunities for India. Water Policy, 18 (2), pp.288-303.                                                                                        https://iwaponline.com/wp/article-abstract/18/2/288/20470/Water-policy-at-science-policy-interface
  • Barua, A., Katyaini, S., Mili, B., and Gooch, P., (2013). Climate Change and Poverty-building resilience of rural mountain communities in South Sikkim, eastern Himalaya, India,Regional Environmental Change,14 (1)267-280. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10113-013-0471-1
  • Katyaini, S., Tripathi, P. and Barua, A., (2014). Application of an innovative and holistic water resources management instrument at a decentralized administrative level - a case of Maharashtra, India. International Water Resources Association (IWRA) (India), 3(1),pp. 12-21.
  • Katyaini, S., Malakar, K., Barua, A. and Mili, B. (2017) ‘Assessment of climate induced seasonality of tourism for planning sustainable tourism – a case of Northeast India’, Int. J. Society Systems Science, 9(2), pp. 119–138

Book chapters

  • Mili, B., Katyaini,S. and Barua, A. (2018). Enhancing adaptive capacity through education: A case study of rural mountain communities, Sikkim, Eastern Himalaya India. In Climate Change Governance and Adaptation: Case Studies from South Asia, Edited by Barua, A., Narain, V., Vij, S. Chapter 7, Taylor and Francis Publication.
  • Mili, B., Barua, A., and Katyaini, S., (2015). Climate Change and Adaptation through the Lens of Capability Approach: A case study from Darjeeling, Eastern Himalaya in Handbook of Research on Climate Change Impact on Health and Environmental Sustainability,edited by S. Dinda Published by IGI Global/Hershey: USA.
  • Barua, A., Katyaini, S., and Mili, B., (2012). ‘Reducing the Vulnerability of the Poor by Building Resilience: A Case Study from South Sikkim’ Chapter 18 in Climate change in SikkimPatterns, Impacts, and Initiatives, edited by Arrawatia, M.L., and Tambe, S., 291-332.Published by Information and Public Relations Department, Government of Sikkim, Gangtok: India.

Research based blogs,  short articles and reports

  • Katyaini,S.(2017). Narratives from Idu-Mishmi women, Brahmaputra River . Available at http://riverfoundation.org.au/2017/07/women-traditional-knowledgemanagers-narratives-idu-mishmi-women-brahmaputra-river/
  • Katyaini, S. (2017). Being bold for change: Women’s voices from the Brahmaputra River. Available at http://riverfoundation.org.au/2017/03/womens-voices-brahmaputrariver/
  • A short non-technical summary of the paper “Katyaini, S., and Barua, A., (2016). Water Policy at science-policy interface - challenges and opportunities for India. Water Policy, 18(2), 288-303.Available at http://www.iwaponline.com/wp/up/wp2015086.htm was published on Global Water Forum on 8 March 2016., Available at http://www.globalwaterforum.org/2016/03/08/water-policy-at-the-science-policyinterface-challenges-and-opportunities-for-india/.
  • Katyaini, S., and Barua, A., (2016) Bridging the knowledge-governance gap in water policy in India. India Water Review. Published online on 10 June,2016. Available at http://www.indiawaterreview.in/Story/GuestColumns/bridging-theknowledgegovernance-gap-in-water-policy-in-india/1933/5#.V2LEhzV3Bdg
  • 2010_ Regional Knowledge Hub for Water and Climate Change Adaptation in South Asia. A Synthesis Report for Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. http://www.waterknowledgehub.org/upfiles/pub/UNICEF_SynthesisReport_12-11- 2010_Final_combined_20110121142820.pdf

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  • Understanding Climate Change
  • Approaches to Conservation and Development 

Email: suparana.katyaini[at]tiss[dot]edu