Swarnika Sharma

Associate - Practice | swarnikas at iihs dot ac dot in


2017   MSc, Ecology and Environment Studies, Nalanda University, Bihar

2015   BSc, Environmental Science and Psychology, DSVV Haridwar, Uttarakhand


Countries: India
States: Uttarakhand, Bihar, Karnataka
Cities: Rishikesh, Rajgir, Bengaluru
Languages: English, Hindi

Swarnika has completed Research Assistantship on a NATCOM project on Wildlife-Human Conflict and Climate Change at Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru.


She is a part of multiple research and practice projects at IIHS, including ‘Urban and peri-urban agriculture as green infrastructure (UP-AGrI)’ and CIFF project on ‘Analysis Towards Making India Compatible with the 1.5 Degrees’.


She has also written popular science columns for The Weather Channel (weather.com).


Swarnika describes herself as a researcher by profession, a cook and a reader by passion, and a dog lover by compassion. She is an active volunteer with the Charlie’s Animal Rescue Centre, Bengaluru.


Swarnika Sharma is part of the Practice team at IIHS. She is a climate change researcher with varied interest areas, including urban agriculture, ecology, and animal-human interactions.

Journal Article

Singh, C., Poonacha, P., Koduganti, M., Patil, S., Sharma, S. (2021). When the ‘field’ moves online: reflections on virtual data collection during COVID-19. Ecology, Economy and Society–the INSEE Journal


Other Writing

  • 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.
  • Sustainability outcomes of urban agriculture: a case study of Bengaluru India, TNOC Festival 2021
  • Garden city’s farming habits: a field tour in Bengaluru, India, TNOC Festival 2021
  • Understanding the impacts of urban agriculture on human wellbeing and urban sustainability – case of Bengaluru and Pune, Urban ARC 2021
  • The Bhopal Waste Story at National Symposium on Electrochemical Science & Tech., NSEST-2016, IISc, Bengaluru, India