Prathijna Poonacha Kodira

Senior Consultant - Director's Office | ppoonacha at iihs dot ac dot in

2013    MSc (Human Settlements), Katholieke University, Belgium
2007    BArch VTU, Belgaum



Countries: India, Vietnam
States: Gujarat, Karnataka
Cities: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru
Languages: English, Hindi, Kannada, Coorgi

Prathigna Poonacha Kodira earned MSc in Human Settlements from Katholieke University, Belgium. She is Consultant – Practice at IIHS and part of the School of Environment and Sustainability. She mainly works with the climate change team and currently works on the CARIAA| ASSAR research programme. Her work focuses on understanding climate change impacts and responses in urban and peri-urban geographies both from top-down and bottom up perspectives. In peri-urban Bangalore, her research looks at how communities are responding to climatic and non-climatic risks in the context of rapid social and ecological changes with a particular focus on gender dynamics. She is also interested in understanding and applying various tools to enable multi-stakeholder participation in decision making especially in the urban context. One such tool is Transformative Scenario Planning which facilitates her interaction with diverse stakeholders to imagine the future of water in Bengaluru.


Prior to IIHS, Prathigna has worked as a consultant with the Habitat Forum (INHAF), a collaborative platform for civil society to propose a re-envisioning of 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 UNESCO’s World Heritage Cities list. She has also worked as a Design Consultant in her early career, especially in the retail sector in Indian cities.

Practice Projects at IIHS

2014 onwardsAdaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR)


Climate Science
Environmental Sciences
Public Policy/ Social Policy & Administration

Journal Article

  • Rao, N., Patil, S., Singh, C., Roy, P., Pryor, C., Poonacha, P., & Genes, M. (2022). Cultivating sustainable and healthy cities: A systematic literature review of the outcomes of urban and peri-urban agriculture. Sustainable Cities and Society, 85, Article 104063.
  • Singh, C., Patil, S., Poonacha, P., Koduganti, M., & Sharma, S. (2021). When the “field” moves online: Reflections on virtual data collection during COVID-19. Ecology, Economy and Society–the INSEE Journal, 4(2), 149-157.
  • Rao, N., Singh, C., Solomon, D., Camfield, L., Sidiki, R., Angula, M., … Lawson, E. T. (2019). Managing risk, changing aspirations and household dynamics: Implications for wellbeing and adaptation in semi-arid Africa and India. World development, 125(2020).


Books/ Book Chapters

Patil, S., Rao, N., Koduganti, M., Singh, C., Poonacha, P., Sharma, S., Roy, P., Mahalingam, A., & Singh, N. (2023). Sowing sustainable cities: Lessons for urban agriculture practices in India. Indian Institute for Human Settlements.


Other Writing

  • Kiran, A., Mahalingam, A., Singh, C., Mayavel, D., Koduganti, M., Roy, P., Poonacha, P., Patil, S., Sharma, S., & Malladi, T. (2023). An action agenda for urban agriculture in India (Policy Brief).  Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • Pillai, A. V., C. Singh., Patil, S., Dalal, T., Ranjit, N., & Poonacha, P. (2023). How is India adapting to heatwaves?: An assessment of heat action plans with insights for transformative climate action (IIHS-CPR Policy Brief). Indian Institute for Human Settlements; Centre for Policy Research.
  • Adelekan, I., Cartwright, A., Chow, W., Colenbrander, S., Dawson, R., Garschagen, M., Haasnoot, M., Hashizume, M., Klaus, I., Krishnaswamy, J., Lemos, M. F., Ley, D., McPhearson, T., Pelling, M., Kodira, P. P., Revi, A., Sara, L. M., Simpson, N. P., Singh, C., … Trisos, C. (2022). What the latest science on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability means for cities and urban areas. Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • Revi, A., Roberts, D., Klaus, I., Bazaz, A., Krishnaswamy, J., Singh, C., Eichel, A., Kodira, P. P., Seth, S., Adelekan, I., Babiker, M., Bertoldi, P., Cartwright, A., Chow, W., Colenbrander, S., Creutzig, F., Dawson, R., De Coninck, H., De Kleijne, K., … Ürge-Vorsatz, D. (2022). The summary for urban policymakers of the IPCC’s sixth assessment report. Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • Kaur, H., Aravind, J., Singh, C., Ajay, S., & Poonacha, P. (2022). Representing covid-19 impacts and responses on indigenous people: A multilingual media review in the Nilgiri Biosphere Region, India. Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • Batra, P., Revi, A., Bazaz, A., Singh, C., & Poonacha, P. (2021). Transforming education for sustainable futures: India background paper (TESF Working Paper). TESF and IIHS.
  • Poonacha, P. (2019, December 26). How the upcoming satellite town ring road will affect lives and livelihoods around Bengaluru. Citizen Matters.
  • Poonacha, P., Koduganti, M. (2017). Thinking critically about the Future of Water Security in Bengaluru, India using Transformative Scenario Planning. ASSAR Information Brief, ASSAR, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Bazaz, A., Poonacha, P., Koduganti, M., Bhadwal, S., Gorti, G., & Ghosh, T. (2016). Climate adaptation policy: Key findings and recommendations. Ottawa, Canada: International Development Research Centre
  • 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., D’Souza, M., & Gajjar, S. P. (Eds.), Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in Semi-Arid Areas in India (ASSAR Working Paper). Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Rahman, A., Poonacha, P., Solomon, D., Bendapudi, R., Bazaz, A., Gajjar, S. P., & Badiger, S. (2015). The regional to sub-national context. In A. Revi, A. Bazaz, J. Krishnaswamy, R. Bendapudi, M. D’Souza, & S. P. Gajjar (Eds.), Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in semi-arid areas in India (ASSAR Working Paper). Cape Town, South Africa: ASSAR.
  • Singh, C., Patil, S., Poonacha, P., Roy, P., Malladi, T., Mahalingam, A., Koduganti, M., & Sharma, S. (2021). Understanding the impacts of urban and peri-urban agriculture on human wellbeing and urban sustainability: Case of Bangalore and Pune. In Urban imaginaries 2021: IIHS annual research conference proceedings (pp. 143-146).  Indian Institute for Human Settlements.