Sriharini Narayanan

Senior Specialist - TNUSSP | snarayanan at iihs dot ac dot in

2009    MA, Governance and Development, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK
2001    MA, Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
1999    BA, Economics, Ethiraj College, University of Madras, Chennai



Countries: India
States: TamilNadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka
Cities: Chennai, Warangal, Bengaluru
Languages: English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil

Sriharini Narayanan has a Master’s in Governance and Development from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK. She is a recipient of the British Chevening Scholarship for the year 2008-09. Her dissertation explored the use of Information, Communication, Technology (ICT)  platforms to strengthen accountability mechanisms between citizens and the state.


Her research interests are in studying the gap between policy and implementation for improving delivery of public services. She  has work experience that spans urban infrastructure, WASH, decentralisation, accountability, Right to Information, public management, ICT4D and livelihoods of marginalised groups. She has worked across several districts in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and erstwhile Andhra Pradesh. In all her work she combines her expertise in qualitative research with quantitative methods.


Her most recent work prior to IIHS, 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 adoption 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, she handles knowledge management for the Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme (TNUSSP). This includes the preparation of knowledge products, sharing the learning from the programme across knowledge gateways and communities of practice to reach different stakeholders.


Classical music, handloom textiles, reading and travelling are some of her interests.

Practice Projects at IIHS

2017 onwards Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme (TNUSSP)
  • Narayanan, S. (2010, December). Accountability and the New Media: Use of ICTs in Governance in India. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 4th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD, London, U.K.