Prathijna Poonacha Kodira


PrathijnaConsultant – Practice
ppoonacha at iihs dot ac dot in

MSc. in Human Settlements, Katholieke Universitiet, Belgium
B Arch, BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore, India


Prathijna is a Senior Associate – Practice at IIHS working on the CARIAA (Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Asia and Africa) project.

Prior to IIHS,Prathijna has worked as a consultant with the Habitat Forum (INHAF) to put together a research proposal to re-envision urban investments in India by evaluating the impacts and outcomes of JnNURM through a citizen sector perspective. She was a research associate at the Centre for Conservation Studies, CEPT, Ahmedabad where as a part of the technical team, she helped prepare the dossier for the nomination of the old city of Ahmedabad to the World Heritage Cities list drawn up by UNESCO. She has also worked as a design consultant in her early career, especially in the retail sector in Indian cities.

Prathijna is interested in research related to climate change and adaptation, urban systems, urban poverty and participatory governance.


Recipient of the VLIR-UOS scholarship by the Flemish government for advanced masters course in Human Settlements.

Fellow of the Melton Foundation.

Selected Publications
  1. Kodira, P. P., & Srivatsa, S. (2015). Role of Multi Actor Participation in Slum Upgradation. Retrieved from 10.13140/RG.2.1.3983.1526
  2. Poonacha, P., Solomon, D., Bendapudi, R., Rahman, A., Basu, R., & Badiger, S. (2015). Risks, vulnerability and impacts. In Revi, A., Bazaz, A., Krishnaswamy, J., Bendapudi, R., Souza, M. D., & Gajjar, S. P. (Eds.), Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in semi-arid areas in India (ASSAR Working Paper, pp. 49-90). Cape Town, S.A.: ASSAR PMU, University of Cape Town.

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