2014 PhD, International Development, University of Reading, United Kingdom
2008 MSc, Natural Resource Management, TERI University, New Delhi
2006 BSc, Botany (Hons), Delhi University, New Delhi
States: Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Uttaranchal, Rajasthan
Cities: Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Gulbarga, Kolar, Siliguri
Languages: English, Hindi
Chandni Singh works at the interface of climate change and development in rural and urban geographies within the global South. At IIHS, she works on issues of climate change adaptation, differential vulnerability and wellbeing, disaster risk and recovery, livelihoods transitions, and rural-urban migration. Chandni has worked on climate change projects such as the IDRC/FCDO funded Adaptation at Scale in Semi-arid Regions (ASSAR) and SDC-funded ‘CapaCITIES – Migration, Livelihoods and Climate Resilience’. She has led interdisciplinary, international projects such as IIED-funded ‘Long-term Impacts of Humanitarian Action in Chennai’ (2016-2017), British Academy funded Recovery with Dignity (2018-2021), and Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture as Green Infrastructure (2019-2022). Using a social-ecological systems lens, her work examines human dimensions of global environmental change, pathways for transformational change, and levers for equitable adaptation.
Chandni is a Lead Author of the IPCC’s Assessment Report 6 in 2022 on ‘Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability’ and a Contributing Author of the IPCC’s 2018 Special Report on 1.5°C. Chandni serves on the editorial boards of Regional Environmental Change, Climate and Development, and IIHS’s in-house journal Urbanisation. She is the Domain Editor on ‘Vulnerability and Adaptation’ at WIREs Climate Change.
She has previously worked in research and practice-based organisations such as the University of Reading (UK), Bioversity International (Italy), Pragya, and WWF India across South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. She has taught postgraduate level courses on climate change adaptation, sustainability, 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)|
|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|