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.



  • 2017  Venkata, M. K. (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the role of groundwater salinity in shaping the bodily experiences and emotions of people in Lodhva, Gujarat (Unpublished master’s thesis).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.



Policy Brief

  • Poonacha, P., & Venkata, M. K. (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., Venkata, M. K., Bhadwal, S., Gorti, G., & Ghosh, T. (2016). Climate adaptation policy: Key findings and recommendations. Ottawa, Canada: International Development Research Centre.


Other Writing


  • Goubert, A., Horst, R. T., Vojno, N., Nolden, T., & Venkata, M. K. (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., & Venkata, M. K. (2019, July 30). Youth & transboundary water cooperation: What we learned from the Youth in Water Diplomacy Workshop in Cairo. Water Youth Network.
  • Venkata, M. K. (2018, October 2). Mazing through peri-urban Bangalore. ASSAR.
  • Venkata, M. K. (2018, September 26). Building capacities in India through unlearning, training and sharing. ASSAR.
  • Venkata, M. K. (2018, July 25). Adaptation futures 2018: An enthralling journey to the mother city. ASSAR.
  • Venkata, M. K. (2018, February 7). My escapade with RiU. ASSAR.
  • Venkata, M. K. (2016, September 25). Groundwater-A disturbing dip. Water Land and Livelihoods.
  • Venkata, M. K., & Khade, H. (2016, June 17). Combating desertification through community stewardship. Water Land and Livelihoods.
  • Venkata, M. K. (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
  • 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.
  • Venkata, M. K., & Sanchez, P. (2019, October). Do rivers have rights?. Paper presented at the 10th Hydro Hegemony Conference, The Hague, The Netherlands.
  • Venkata, M. K. (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., & Venkata, M. K. (2018, June). Evidence based guiding principles for developing adaptation pathways in context of development. Invited Speaker at Adaptation Future, Cape Town.
  • Venkata, M. K. (2016, December). Utilization of waste cooking oil for soap making. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on Environment and Ecology, Coimbatore.
  • Venkata, M. K. (2014, December). Biodiversity programmes and policies, Paper presented at the National Conference on Conservation of Eastern, GrACE , Sri Venkateshwara University, Andhrapradesh.