Vrashali Khandelwal

Consultant - Academics & Research | vkhandelwal at iihs dot ac dot in


2016   MA, Development Studies, Azim Premji University, Bangalore

2013   MSc (Hons), Biological Sciences, BITS, Pilani

2013   BE (Hons), Electrical & Electronics Engineering, BITS, Pilani




Countries: India
States: Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana
Cities: Bangalore, Delhi
Languages: English, Hindi

Vrashali is a part of Academics & Research team at IIHS. Her research interests include governance and service delivery arrangements; specifically focusing on the role of urban local bodies and the informal actors in urban governance and urban markets.


Prior to joining IIHS, Vrashali has worked on multiple government consulting projects. As part of the Chief Minister’s Good Governance Associate, she worked with the District Administration of Sirsa for process re-engineering of revenue and transport services. She has also worked on the SATH-E (Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital – Education) project, focusing on building systemic reforms for the School Education Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh. In 2019, she joined EY LLP as part of the urban government advisory practice and was involved in drafting building bye-laws for Bureau of Indian Standards and implementation of flagship schemes at state and city level. Her most recent engagement was with the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation where she anchored research for documenting gastronomy culture of the city of Hyderabad; for inclusion in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).


Vrashali was part of the Urban Fellows Programme at IIHS in 2017-18.


Besides work, she loves going for walks and spending her weekends at public parks.

Other Writing

  • Battersby, J., Brown-Luthango, M., Fuseini, I., Gulabani, H., Haysom, G., Jackson, B., Khandelwal, V., MacGregor, H., Mitra, S., Nisbett, N., Perera, I., Te Lintelo, D., Thorpe, J., & Toriro, P. (2023). Living off-grid food and infrastructure collaboration working paper 1: Concepts and assumptions. Institute of Development Studies. https://doi.org/10.19088/LOGIC.2023.001