Kaavya Pradeep Kumar

Senior Associate - Word Lab | kpkumar at iihs dot ac dot in


2018    MSc, Climate Change, Development and Policy, University of Sussex, London, United Kingdom
2012    PG Diploma, Print Journalism, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai
2011    BA (Hons), Political Science, Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi




Countries: India, UK
States: Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Delhi
Cities: Trivandrum, Kochi, Chennai, Bengaluru, New Delhi
Languages: English, Malayalam

Kaavya worked as a journalist for five years before reading for an MSc in Climate Change, Development and Policy in 2017 at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. Her dissertation combined her interest in climate policy and professional experience as a journalist by analysing the frames used by Indian print and online media to talk about international climate negotiations.


Previously, she worked as an online news editor for the Hindustan Times in New Delhi where she edited stories, maintained live blogs for breaking news and handled social media. Prior to this, she was employed with The Hindu as a staff reporter in Trivandrum, covering a range of city-specific beats including local politics, sanitation and waste management, school education and health infrastructure.


At IIHS, Kaavya is part of the Word Lab. She provides editorial support and helps distill research into more accessible formats.

Other Writing 

  • Arasu, S., & Kumar, K. P. (2021). Ways of telling: A handbook for reporting on climate change in South India. Indian Institute for Human Settlements. https://doi.org/10.24943/WTHRCCSI02.2021
  • Kumar, K. P., Singh, C., Basu, R., Balaji, P., Chintamani, A., Madhu, M., Srivastav, P., Kannan, S., & Bhadauria, S. (2021). Climate change glossary. Indian Institute for Human Settlements. https://doi.org/10.24943/CCGEMTHK02.2021
  • Suryanarayanan, A., Kumar, K., & Malladi, T. (2019, September 8). Mapping how growth in Kochi, Mumbai and Chennai made them flood and drought-prone. The News Minute.
  • Malladi, T., & Kumar, K. (2019, 12 July). In maps: How Chennai grew over its lakes. Scroll.in.