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Udisha Saklani

Udisha Saklani

PhD student at the Department of Geography and Newnham College

My research interests lie at the intersection of environmental politics, global development ideas, and international cooperation.

Biography

Career

  • May 2018 - September 2018: Consultant, United Nations Development Programme (India)
  • July 2017 – September 2018: Social Media Editor, International Journal for Water Resources Development, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
  • October 2015 - September 2018: Consultant, Institute of Water Policy (Singapore)
  • August 2014 - September 2015: Research Assistant, Institute of Water Policy (Singapore)
  • October 2012- March 2014: Graduate Research Assistant (multiple projects), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore)
  • July 2011- April 2012: Project coordinator, Kriti team (India)

Qualifications

  • 2014: Master's in Public Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
  • 2011: BA (Hons) Mathematics, St.Stephen's College, University of Delhi

Funding and awards

  • Margaret Anstee Centre for Global Studies Scholarship (2019- ), Newnham College, University of Cambridge
  • University Fieldwork Fund Award (2019), Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
  • Philip Lake Fund II (2019), Department of Geography, University of Cambridge

Research

I draw on primary and secondary research to investigate the internationalization of the Indian dam-building industry in the immediate neighbourhood - the discourses, politics and modalities that drive Indian public and private sector players to build and invest in large energy infrastructure abroad.

My past research has mostly focussed on the Global South (particularly the South Asian region) and has included themes such as:

  • Water infrastructure and public-private partnerships
  • The political economy of sanitation and water delivery
  • Shared rivers and inter-state/ international water conflicts
  • Rural mountain livelihoods and conservation-development conflicts

Publications

Peer-reviewed articles

  • Saklani, U., Shrestha.P., Mukherji, A., & Scott C.A. (2020) Hydro-energy cooperation in South Asia: Prospects for transboundary energy and water security, Environmental Science & Policy 114: 22-34.
  • Saklani, U. & Tortajada, C. (2019) India's development cooperation in Bhutan's hydropower sector: Concerns and public perceptions, Water Alternatives 12(2): 734-759.
  • Tortajada, C. & Saklani, U. (2018) Hydropower-based collaboration in South Asia: The case of India and Bhutan, Energy Policy 117: 316-325.

Book chapters

  • Tortajada, C., Saklani. U. and Biswas, A.K. (2017) Water Scarcity and Regional Security in India, in D. Reed (Ed.), Water, Security and U.S. Foreign Policy (pp. 237–252). London: Routledge
  • Saklani, U. (2016) The Indian River-Linking Programme, in Vijay P. Singh (Ed.), Handbook of Applied Hydrology, Second Edition, (pp. 143.1 – 143.10). USA: Tata McGraw-Hill

Ppular media publications (Selected)

  • Biswas, A.K., Saklani, U. and Tortajada, C. (2017) India's rural-urban conundrum, Policy Forum
  • Biswas, A.K., Saklani, U. and Tortajada, C. (2017) India's rising problem: Urban floods, The Strait Times
  • Biswas, A.K., Tortajada, C. and Saklani, U. (2017), New Delhi is running out of water, The Conversation
  • Biswas, A.K., Saklani, U. and Tortajada, C. (2017), Solution to Delhi's never-ending water problems, India Water Review, Vol.7, Issue.4
  • Biswas, A.K., Saklani, U. and Tortajada, C. (2017), Delhi: A quintessential example of India's water mismanagement, The Business Times
  • Biswas, A.K., Tortajada, C. and Saklani, U. (2017) Pumped Dry: India's accelerating and invisible groundwater crisis, Policy Forum
  • Biswas, A.K., Tortajada, C. and Saklani, U. (2016) Water Scarcity a key factor to regional security in India, The Business Times
  • Saklani, U. and Tortajada, C. (2016) The China factor in India–Bhutan relations, East Asia Forum
  • Tortajada, C. and Saklani, U. (2016) India and Bhutan: Cross-Country Power Connectivity, The Diplomat
  • Tortajada, C. and Saklani, U. (2015) India's River-Linking program highlights costs, opportunities of large-scale water infrastructure projects, OOSKA News

Conference presentations

  • "India's hydropower sector: Recent trends and development perspectives", ICIMOD-IWP conference on Regional Hydropower Development in the Himalayas, Kathmandu, Nepal (2017)
  • "From Waste to Sustainable Livelihoods", Cornell Law School conference on Women, Sustainable Development, and Food Sovereignty/Security in a Changing World, Ithaca, New York (2012)

Reports

  • Saklani, U. (2018), Gap analysis and future strategy for homestay tourism development in Uttarakhand. Report submitted to the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, Government of Uttarakhand, India.
  • Saklani, U. (2018) Training module for Homestay Providers in Uttarakhand. Report submitted to the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, Government of Uttarakhand, India.
  • Saklani, U. (2018) Action Plan for Establishment of Project Management Support for Tourism Programmes in Uttarakhand. Report submitted to the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, Government of Uttarakhand, India.

External activities

  • Member, Geographies of Knowledge Group, University of Cambridge
  • Member, European Association for South Asian Studies
  • Member, Development Areas Research Group (DARG), Royal Geographical Society (RGS)
  • Co-convenor. Fieldwork Seminar Series: Methodologies in the 'field'. Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (November 2018 – April 2019)