I am the Associate Director at ‘Doers’- a humanitarian organization working towards resilience and sustainability in the Himalayan region of India. I have 16 years of field-based experience in interrelated domains of disaster risk reduction, humanitarian response and climate change adaptation in India. I have contributed to the Hazard, Vulnerability & Risk Analysis (HVRA) of Himachal Pradesh state as well as Shimla city. Currently, I am leading an ambitious project to build ‘Data Ecosystem for Effective Planning and Response during Emergencies & Disasters (DEEPRED)’ at Doers. My research interests include the utilization of data for effective risk communication and building better decision support systems for disaster risk management.
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I am a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Public Policy Program at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. My core interest is in climate change and digital literacy that empowers nonprofit organizations to use digital environments, social networking sites (SNSs) in particular, to support climate change action. My research agenda explores the relationship between the policy process, communication theory, movement building, and theory of change with a particular focus on the environment, nonprofit advocacy, energy, and technology. I hold a Master’s of Public Policy (2017) from American University in Washington, D.C., and a B.A. in International Relations (2012) from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. While at American, I was awarded the William K. Reilly Fellowship for my contributions to environmental governance and was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, the Public Administration Honor Society, for my scholastic achievements. At Mount Holyoke, I was awarded the Elaine Conde Scholarship (2010), served as the co-chair of the International Student Organizing Committee (ISOC), and was a member of the student advisory board for the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives.
I am an academic, researcher and broadcaster. My research is on climate change and national security. I am also interested about social resilience, democracy, development economy, good governance