Chandni Singh

Research Consultant – Practice | csingh at iihs dot ac dot in

2014    PhD, Rural Development, University of Reading, United Kingdom
2008    MSc, Natural Resource Management, TERI University, New Delhi
2006    BSc, Botany (Hons), Delhi University, New Delhi

Countries: India
States: Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttaranchal, Rajasthan
Cities: Bengaluru, Delhi, Chennai, Coimbatore, Rajkot
Languages: English, Hindi

Chandni Singh has a PhD in Rural Development from the University of Reading, United Kingdom. She specialises in researching the interface between climate change adaptation and rural-urban dynamics. At IIHS, she works on issues of climate change, vulnerability, adaptation, and migration. This includes leading the rural research component of the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-arid Regions (ASSAR) project in Karnataka and coordinating the IIED-funded project ‘Long-term Implications of Short-term Humanitarian Action’ in Chennai. She is also Chapter Scientist on the IPCC’s Special Report on 1.5 degrees and Book Reviews Editor for Progress in Development Studies. She has previously worked in research and practice-based organisations such as the University of Reading (UK), Bioversity International, Pragya, and WWF India across India, South Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. Her main domains of work have included climate information services, water management, biodiversity conservation, gendered vulnerability, and community-based adaptation, with a thrust on using mixed methods.


Chandni has taught postgraduate level courses on research methodology and development studies. She is also interested in science communication for lay audiences and is a published poet.

Research Projects at IIHS

2017 – 2018 CapaCITIES – Migration, Livelihoods and Climate Resilience
2016 – 2017 Long-term Impacts of Humanitarian Action in Chennai
2014-present Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR)


Climate Science
Environmental Sciences
Public Policy/ Social Policy & Administration


Previous Teaching Experience

2016 Conducted 3-day course on Vulnerability Concepts and Methods for 30 learners (government officials, NGO workers, researchers) under ASSAR project
2015 Master class on climate change with Amir Bazaz
2013 Developed course content for postgraduate module ‘Participatory Interventions in Development’, University of Reading, UK
2012, 2013 Postgraduate Academic Mentor (Agriculture and Development), Disability Advisory Services, University of Reading, UK
2009 Training on “New Enterprise Creation Programme in Tourism and Hospitality Management” for 30 rural entrepreneurs from Arunachal Pradesh


  • Singh, C. (2017, March). Differential vulnerability and response strategies: Evidence from a rural urban continuum in Karnataka. Presented at ASSAR Third National Consultation on Climate Change, New Delhi, India.
  • Singh, C. (2017, January). Is migration an adaptation strategy? Insights from the ASSAR Project. Invited Speaker at CARIAA Economics Winter School on session on migration, TERI University, New Delhi, India.
  • Singh, C. (2017, January). Mixed Methods: Surveys, Focus Group Discussions and Life History Approaches to Study Livelihoods Vulnerability. Invited Speaker at Research Methods Session, PhD Workshop, IIHS, Bangalore, India.
  • Singh, C. (2016, September). Moving in and out of vulnerability: migration as an adaptation strategy along a rural urban continuum in Karnataka. Paper presented at RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, United Kingdom.
  • Singh, C. (2016, September). How do we assess vulnerability to climate change in India? A systematic review of literature. Paper presented at RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, United Kingdom.
  • Singh, C. (2016, May). A holistic approach to analysing farmer decision-making: implications for adaptation policy and practice. Poster presented at Adaptation Futures, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Singh, C. & Gajjar, S.P. (2016, May). Development pathways as a lens to understand adaptation, maladaptation and maldevelopment. Paper presented at Adaptation Futures, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Singh, C. (2015, December). Scaling up climate information services: Lessons from India, Invited speaker at the Development and Climate Days, Side Event at COP 21, Paris, France.
  • Singh, C. (2013, November). Watershed Development in India: is community participation mere rhetoric? Nordic Development Conference ‘Knowing Development, Developing Knowledge?’ University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.
  • Singh, C. (2013, May). Is climate variability the only factor affecting farmer perceptions risk? A case study in Rajasthan at Annual Economics and Social Sciences Postgraduate Conference, School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, United Kingdom.