Srinithi Sudhakar

Consultant - Practice | srinithis at iihs dot ac dot in

2012    MSc Development Studies, SOAS, University of London, London
2011    BA Economics, Stella Maris College, Chennai



Countries: India
States: Karnataka, Tamil Nadu
Cities: Bengaluru, Salem, Trichy
Languages: English, Tamil

Srinithi Sudhakar has a Master’s in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London. Her research interests include studying the impact and implementation of infrastructure development, sanitation and social protection government schemes. Her dissertation study analysed the effectiveness of social protection schemes and their impact on poverty reduction by comparing the potential benefits and shortfalls of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme (MGNREGA) with the Bolsa Familia cash transfer programme in Brazil. The thesis attempted to bring to attention the role played by factors such as social inclusion, political stability and targeting in reducing poverty and achieving long-term sustainability of any project.


At IIHS, she works with the Tamil Nadu Sanitation and Support Program (TNUSSP) which supports the Government of Tamil Nadu in making improvements along the entire urban sanitation value chain. As part of TNUSSP, Srinithi is involved in deliverables relating to governance and enabling frameworks, project management and monitoring, and learning and evaluation components. Her work involves data analysis, literature reviews, assistance with report writing, and other required research and documentation. 


Prior to this, she worked with CDM Smith India Private Limited, where she prepared Social Impact Assessment studies and Feasibility Reports for government infrastructure development projects. She has also interned at Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) and volunteered with the Disaster Management Unit, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).


She is a movie buff and foodie.

Practice Projects at IIHS

2016 onwards Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme (TNUSSP)

Journal article:

  • Gautam, M., Wankhade, K., Sarangan, G., & Sudhakar, S. (2021). Framework for addressing occupational safety of de-sludging operators: A study in two Indian cities. Journal of Environmental Management, 289. 112243


Other Writing

  • Vijendra, M., & Sudhakar, S. (2020). Systems and procedures for urban sanitation in Tamil Nadu. TNUSSP. https://muzhusugadharam.co.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/TNUSSP-Systems-Procedures-for-Urban-Sanitation-in-Tamil-Nadu.docx-2.pdf
  • Ramesh, G., Raman, R., Ramaswamyna, N., Sudhakar, S., Vijendra, M., & Anneka, M. (2020). State investment plan for FSM. TNUSSP. https://muzhusugadharam.co.in/draft-state-investment-plan-for-fsm/
  • Abhilaasha, N., & Sudhakar, S. (2020, November 19). Let’s talk sanitation! Kakkaman is here, this WTD2020. India Water Portal.
  • Senthalir, S., Nagarajan, A., & Sudhakar, S. (2020, June 09). COVID-19: Sanitation workers require access to menstrual health. The Wire.
  • Gautam, M., Wankhade, K., Mantri, M., Narayan, V., Naveen, G., Verma, U., Sudhakar, S., & Sarangan, G. (2019). Needs assessment study of occupational and health hazards faced by desludging workers in a city in India. TNUSSP.
  • Devaraj, R., Sudhakar, S., Eswaramoorthy, S., Ramasamy, N., & Raman,R. (2019). Kodaikanal baseline study for urban sanitation. Chennai: TNUSSP.
  • Sudhakar, S., Raman, R., & Wankhade, K. (2017). Legal and institutional review: Urban sanitation in Tamil Nadu. Chennai: TNUSSP.
  • Nagaraja, P., Timblo, T., Ragavan, K. V. S., Sudhakar, S.,, Devaraj, R., & Ramasamy, N., & Sebastian, S. (2017). Tamil Nadu state baseline study: Technical assessment of sanitation chain. Chennai: TNUSSP.
  • Sudhakar, S., Raj, R., (2017). Occupational Safety Standards for Sanitary Workers. Chennai: Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • Sudhakar, S. (2017, August 29). Laws are good, implementation not so much. Tamilnadusanitationmission.
  • Gautam, M., Mantri, M., Na, A., Wankhade, K., Ramamoorthy, R., Raman, R., & Sudhakar, S. (2019, February). Emptying and de-sludging practices: An occupational safety needs assessment study. Paper presented at the 5th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference, AfricaSan5, FSM5, and Cape Town, South Africa.
  • GaneshKumar, M., Wankhade, K., Raman, R., Devaraj, R., Rajkumar, S. D., & Sudhakar, S. (2019, February). Management information system for septage management for the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Paper presented at the 5th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference, AfricaSan5, FSM5, Cape Town, South Africa.