Sriharini Narayanan

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Senior Specialist – Knowledge Management and Governance
snarayanan at iihs dot ac dot in

M.A. Governance and Development, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex;
M.A. Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai;
B.A. Economics, Ethiraj College for Women, University of Madras.

Academics & Research

Harini is a development professional with 12 years’ experience in India on evidence based research, governance, public policy and public service delivery. Her interest and curiosity lies in studying the gap between policy and implementation for improving delivery of public services. She has expertise in the areas of Urban Infrastructure, WASH, Decentralisation, Accountability, Right to Information, Public Management, ICT4D and livelihoods of marginalised groups.

Harini is an alumnus of the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She was a British Chevening Scholar at the University of Sussex.


Harini’s most recent work has been in evidence based research. She has been involved in two systematic reviews for DFID and 3ie on (i) the approaches to basic service delivery for urban slums in low and middle-income countries and (ii) the extent of use of life-cycle approach in WASH programming during the MDG period. She has been involved as a Co-PI and subject matter expert on Water and Sanitation in these two systematic reviews.
At IIHS, Harini is part of the knowledge management and governance team of the TNUSSP.


British Chevening Fellow (2008-2009) at the Institute for Development Studies, UK; Recipient of Sir Dorabji Tata Trust Scholarship (2000-2001) at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Selected Publications
  1. Narayanan, S., et al., Delivering basic infrastructure services to the urban poor: a meta-analysis of the effectiveness of bottom-up approaches, Utilities Policy (2017),
  2. Narayanan, S. (2010, December). Accountability and the new media: use of ICTs in governance in India. In Proceedings of the 4th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (p. 28). ACM.
  3. Vijayabaskar, M., Coelho, K., Narayanan, S., & Venkat, T. (2011). State level background paper on Tamil Nadu. For the Urban Infrastructure Reforms Facility (UIRF) at The School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Chennai: Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS).
  4. Sriharini.N, Sandeep M, al, 2010, Review of Processes and Institutional Mechanisms of Programme Implementation and Service delivery, Report submitted to the Expenditure Reforms Commission, Government of Karnataka. CBPS, Bangalore.  Available at
  5. Arundhuti Gupta, Sriharini .N, Sandeep. M.S., 2010, Study on User Charges to Meet Public Expenditure on Services, Report submitted to the Expenditure Reforms Commission, Government of Karnataka, CBPS, Bangalore. Available at
  6. Mahalingam, S., Jairaj, B., Naryanan, S., Chandrasekhar, K., Consumer, C., Reddy, M. T., … & Nakhooda, S. (2006). Electricity sector governance in India: An analysis of institutions and practice. World Resources Institute, Washington D.C. Retrieved March4, 2007
  7. “Solutions can come from Slums”, Thillai Rajan.A and Sriharini Narayanan. The Hindu. July 10, 2015.