Maitreyi Koduganti Venkata

External Consultant | kvmaitreyi at iihs dot ac dot in


2020   MSc, Water Management and Governance, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft, The Netherlands

2015   MSc, Environmental Sciences, Osmania University, Hyderabad

2013   BSc, Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru

Countries: India, South Africa, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden
States: Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh
Cities: Bengaluru, Pune, Delft, Alentejo, Lisbon, Stockholm, Somnath, Jhansi, Bhubaneshwar, Amsterdam, Cape Town, The Hague
Languages: English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali

Maitreyi Koduganti is an External Consultant with the Practice team at IIHS. She has earned a second Master’s degree in Water Management and Governance from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, the Netherlands. Much of her work in the last four years focussed on climate sciences, vulnerability studies, resource management, gender studies, sustainability and Research-into-Use. Her inclination towards action-oriented research have resulted in developing documentaries and participatory games.


In the past, Maitreyi has worked with Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) and Development Alternatives (DA) in the areas of agrarian studies, climate sciences, stakeholder engagement and watershed development.


At IIHS, she is a part of the climate science team and has been a part of a large collaborative project, CARIAA-ASSAR. She is also engaged in writing several academic articles, blogs and op-eds around climate change and resource management. In her leisure time she enjoys reading, travelling, and singing. She also engages in volunteering for the Water Youth Network.

Journal Article

  • 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.


Other Writing:

  • Gunasekara, F., Koduganti, M., & Singh, C. (2022). Cities at the Intersection: Climate, Culture, and Migration. Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • Koduganti, M. (2022, May 31). Fear or grow – how to tackle climate crisis? Let me Breathe.
  • Sharma, S. & Koduganti, M. (2022, April). Growing green jobs: Can urban and peri-urban agricultural entrepreneurship generate livelihoods? Case examples from Pune and Bengaluru. People Resource Centre.
  • Koduganti, M. (2022, April 21). Sprouting your way to a sustainable future.
  • Sharma, S., & Koduganti, M. (2021, July 20). Urban farming – just a hobby or a new sustainable lifestyle choice?- Insights from Bengaluru and Pune. People’s Resource Centre.
  • Koduganti, M. (2021, June 11). Why the growth of urban agriculture during the lockdown is a promising trend? Citizen Matters.
  • Koduganti, M. (2021, February 11). Scarcity for whom? tracing the history of groundwater use and inequality in Gujarat, India. Water Science Policy.
  • Koduganti, M. (2020). Understanding the role of groundwater salinity in shaping the bodily experiences and emotions of people in Lodhva, Gujarat (Unpublished master’s thesis). IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Delft.
  • Goubert, A., Horst, R. T., Vojno, N., Nolden, T., & Koduganti, M. (2019, September 10). Creating space for human to human connections – An experiential Blog. Water Youth Network.
  • Goubert, A., Vojno, N., Nolden, T., Horst, R. T., & Koduganti, M. (2019, July 30). Youth & transboundary water cooperation: What we learned from the Youth in Water Diplomacy Workshop in Cairo. Water Youth Network.
  • Koduganti, M. (2018, October 2). Mazing through peri-urban Bangalore. ASSAR.
  • Koduganti, M. (2018, September 26). Building capacities in India through unlearning, training and sharing. ASSAR.
  • Koduganti, M. (2018, July 25). Adaptation futures 2018: An enthralling journey to the mother city. ASSAR.
  • Koduganti, M. (2018, February 7). My escapade with RiU. ASSAR.
  • 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.
  • Koduganti, M. (2016, September 25). Groundwater-A disturbing dip. Water Land and Livelihoods.
  • Koduganti, M., & Khade, H. (2016, June 17). Combating desertification through community stewardship. Water Land and Livelihoods.
  • Koduganti, M. (2016, May 2). A glance at the parched villages of Marathwada, Using WOTR’s CoDriVE approach. Water Land and Livelihoods.
  • Video: Welcome to IHE Delft – Who are your heroes.
  • Documentary and Op-Ed: Canción del Atrato: a journey of water, dispossession and resistance
  • Koduganti, M. (2022, March​ 25-26​). Rethinking groundwater injustice: Some reflections from Lodhva Gujarat. Paper presented at the 1st International conference on advances in water treatment and management. Pandit Deendayal Energy University and Gujarat Council on Science and Technology.
  • Co-hosted a virtual fieldtrip on Gardening per square foot: A field tour of gardens in Bengaluru slums at the Nature of Cities Festival 2022.
  • Co-hosted a virtual fieldtrip on Changing Rivers, Changing Practices: A case of Pune city at the Nature of Cities Festival 2022.
  • Presented a microtalk at The Nature of Cities festival on ‘Beyond Greening: Happiness, identity and bonding in Indian Cities.
  • Co-presented a microtalk at the Nature of Cities Festival on Reaping livelihoods – Exploring Urban Farming and Livelihood Generation in Indian Cities.
  • 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.
  • Koduganti, M., Sharma, S., Kiran, A., Poonacha, P., & Singh, C. (2021, February 22-26). Garden city’s farming habits: A field tour in Bengaluru, India. The Nature of the Cities.
  • Koduganti, M., & Sharma, S. (2021, February 25). Sustainability outcomes of urban agriculture: A case study of Bengaluru. The Nature of the Cities.
  • Rempel., & Koduganti, M. (2021, January 26-27). Salt and emotions. CSDS The third Conference on Critical Perspectives on Governance by Sustainable Development Goals. The University of Amsterdam.
  • Koduganti, M. (2021, February). Climate Adaptation Summit 2021.
  • Speaker at the Climate action and vulnerability Organised by UNESCO-Delhi and Project uP, a Delhi-based NGO that works on Child Welfare and Urban Slum Development.
  • Koduganti, M. (2020, September 22-25). Emotional meanings of groundwater in Lodhva, Gujarat. Paper presented at the third biennial conference on contested natures: Power, possibility, prefiguration. Political Ecology Network.
  • 2020 Speaker at Water innovations session, climate pods, organised by FXB International and Youth Climate Leadership.
  • Poster presentation on Approaching interdisciplinary within the program at IHE-Delft institute for water education at the 41st AIS conference- Interdisciplinarity in Global Contexts, Amsterdam.
  • Koduganti, M., & Sanchez, P. (2019, October). Do rivers have rights?. Paper presented at the 10th Hydro Hegemony Conference, The Hague, The Netherlands.
  • Koduganti, M. (2019, August). Vulnerability and impact assessment: How to target the most vulnerable. Paper presented at the A big push for drought resilience–can it include all?. Unesco, IHP.
  • Syed, M. A., & Koduganti, M. (2018, June). Evidence based guiding principles for developing adaptation pathways in context of development. Invited Speaker at Adaptation Future, Cape Town.
  • Koduganti, M. (2016, December). Utilization of waste cooking oil for soap making. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on Environment and Ecology, Coimbatore.
  • Koduganti, M. (2014, December). Biodiversity programmes and policies, Paper presented at the National Conference on Conservation of Eastern, GrACE, Sri Venkateshwara University, Andhrapradesh.