Srinivas Chokkakula | Fellow

Srinivas Chokkakula is the MoJS (Ministry of Jal Shakti) Professorial Research Chair - Water Conflicts and Governance, at CPR. His research and policy interests are primarily in the water sector, focusing on transboundary water conflict/cooperation and governance. His research interests extend to the broader area of politics of infrastructure development, including inland waterways, smart cities, and rural roads. He currently leads multiple research projects clustered under the TREADs (Transboundary Rivers, Ecologies, and Development studies) programme, engaging with transboundary river governance issues in South Asia with particular reference to interstate (federal) river water governance in India. Srinivas has written and published widely on the topic, both in academic journals and mainstream outlets. As the MoJS Research Chair, he closely engages with relevant government agencies and is often consulted on various water policy and institutional issues. He is currently a Member of the Drafting Committee of India’s National Water Policy.

Before his PhD and moving to academics, Srinivas has worked as a professional, engaging with wide-ranging topics: urban and regional planning, and local governance in India; disaster response and reconstruction; and, indigenous knowledge systems for natural resource management. He has been a recipient of several scholarships and fellowships, including the British Council’s Chevening Scholar in its Young Indian Environmental Managers programme in 2000. He is a keen supporter of the non-profit sector; founded, served/serving on the boards of various organisations.

Srinivas has an interdisciplinary training in geography, planning and engineering. He has a PhD from the University of Washington, Seattle, and an MA from the University of Miami, USA in political geography; an earlier Masters in Urban Environmental Planning from CEPT University, Ahmedabad; and a B.Tech. in Civil Engineering from Kakatiya University, Warangal.