Gayathri Pattnam

Senior Associate - Practice | gpattnam at iihs dot ac dot in


2016   MA, Development Management, Madras School of Social Work, University of Madras

2012   Bachelor of Management Studies, University of Mumbai



Countries: India
States: Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Gujarat
Cities: Chennai, Ranchi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad
Languages: English, Hindi, Tamil, Sourashtra

Gayathri holds a Master’s degree in Development Management from Madras School of Social Work. She has varied experience in urban development including housing, resettlements, sanitation and data governance. She worked as a Research Assistant at the Madras Institute of Development Studies, on a policy research project for the Tamil Nadu State Planning Commission which focused on understanding the dynamics and determinants of affordable housing in Chennai. Prior to this, as part of Citizen Consumer and Civic Action Group, she worked on a data justice project in Ranchi where she supported community engagement through capacity building and social mapping.


Previously, Gayathri was an investment banker at PwC in Mumbai and has experience in business modelling, valuations and corporate finance.


At IIHS, Gayathri is a part of Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme.

  • Coelho, K., Srivathsan, A., & Pattnam, G. (2022). From serviced sites to peripheral tenements: A long-arc history of chennai’s unaffordable housing. Urbanisation, 7(2), 163–184.
  • Pattnam, G., Ramamoorthy, R., & Mohan, P. (2022). Private de-sludging markets: Does a one-size approach fit all?. In The UNC Water and Health Conference. The Water Institute, University of North Carolina.
  • Pattnam, G., Ramamoorthy, R., Priscilla, S., & Rajeswari, R. (2022). Institutionalising periodic desludging of community and public toilets in Trichy. In The UNC Water and Health Conference. The Water Institute, University of North Carolina.