Pranietha Mudliar

11 July 2014 - 30 June 2015 | Profile shared during internship at IIHS

PhD Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University (Expected 2015)

MSc Environmental Sciences, University of Pune
BSc Biotechnology, University of Pune



Pranietha is a PhD Candidate at the School of Environment and Natural Resources at the Ohio State University. Her research interests lie in collaborative water management, citizen participation, institutional analysis, environmental policy and governance, and collective action. Her other academic interests include examining interdisciplinarity in research and teaching, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

For her doctoral dissertation she is examining what kinds of institutions can moderate the influence of heterogeneity, or create inclusivity for successful collective action across water management communities in the United States and India. She is also examining the role of government agencies, non-profits, and academic organizations in moderating heterogeneity and creating inclusivity.

She is currently interning at IIHS with the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) team. Within CARIAA she is leading the framing of socio-ecological systems in the urban, rural, and peri-urban field sites in India. She is working on assessing how water vulnerability has been traditionally addressed in urban regions in India. She is also a part of the crosscutting working group on adaptive governance.



  • International Affairs Grant, The Ohio State University, 2014
  • Humane Studies’ Hayek Fund for Scholars, The Institute of Humane Studies, George Mason University, 2013
  • Environmental Graduate Research Fellowship, The Ohio State University, 2011


Environment and Natural Resource Policy


Selected Publications

  • Mudliar, P, “Role of Social Networks in Collaborative Water Management”, Michigan Journal of Sustainability(Forthcoming, 2015)
  • Koontz, Tomas M., Divya Gupta, Pranietha Mudliar, and Pranay Ranjan. (revised and resubmitted). “Institutional Adaptation in Social-Ecological Systems Governance: Some Clarifications and Synthesis.” Environmental Science and Policy
  • Mudliar, Pranietha, John Obrycki, Jeanne Osborne, Pranay Ranjan, Angela Thatcher, and Tomas Koontz (submitted) “Interdisciplinary Environmental Graduate Education in the Big 10 Universities: Barriers, and Bridges for Working Across Disciplines.”


Selected Presentations

Mudliar, P. “Institutions that Moderate the Impact of Heterogeneity: Collective Action in India and the United States”, Western Political Science Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2nd-4th April, 2015