Research Staff

Nitin Bassi
M. Phil. - Senior Researcher

Nitin holds an M. Phil degree in Natural Resources Management from the Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), Bhopal. He has 11 years of experience undertaking research in the field of water resource management. His area of expertise include: Institutional and Policy Analysis in Irrigation and Water Supply Management; Agricultural Water Management; Wetland Management; and Climate Variability and Change. He has also worked on consultancy assignments for various national and international organizations. He is one of the co-editors of two books on water and energy. He has also published papers in several peer reviewed international journals and presented his research work at many national & international forums.


Meera Sahasranaman
B.Tech., M.Sc. - Research Consultant

Meera Sahasranaman holds a bachelor’s degree (B-Tech) in civil engineering from the University of Calicut, Kerala and a Master’s degree (MSc) in Environmental Management from the National University of Singapore, Singapore. Meera has nearly seven years of experience working as a Civil Engineer and an additional two years experience as a sustainability analyst. She has completed the IRCA approved ISO 14001-2004 lead auditor course from Det Norske Veritas and attended the advanced training programme on Green Building Rating Systems conducted by the Indian Green Building Council. Her professional interests include sustainability, water management and green building. Meera has a Zertifikat B1 in German from Goethe –Institut, Hyderabad.


Shourjomoy Chattopadhyay
M.Sc. - Research Officer

Shourjomoy holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies and Resources Management from TERI University, New Delhi and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from University of Delhi. Prior to joining IRAP, he had undertaken policy research in the domain of HFC emissions, water and solid waste management during his stint at Council on Energy, Environment and Water, New Delhi. At IRAP his focus is on issues related to water management, climate resilience and renewables. He has working knowledge of software such as ArcGIS and STAN.

Shourjomoy is also a trained flute player, a music lover, avid trekker and a football fan. Shourjomoy is multi-lingual.


Arijit Ganguly
M.Sc. – Research Officer

Arijit Ganguly holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies and Resources Management from TERI University, New Delhi and Bachelor’s degree in Environment & Water Management from Burdwan University, West-Bengal. Arijit has 3.5 years of experience working in the fields of hydrological modelling for rivers, water resources management, and analysis of environmental quality. Prior to joining IRAP, he worked with the Ministry of Water Resources, RD & GR, GoI and DHI (India) Water & Environment Pvt Ltd. He has working knowledge of many analytical, GIS and hydrological modelling tools. His professional interests include integrated water resources management, climate variability analysis, GIS and environmental system analysis. He enjoys playing sports and photography.


K. Siva Rama Kishan
M.A. - Research Officer

K. Siva Rama Kishan has one and a half decades of research experience working in the developmental sector, with more than seven years in the water sector, and has expertise using qualitative and quantitative techniques in developmental research. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in arts and a Master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Hyderabad. He specialises in equity and social inclusion, ethnography, participatory rural appraisal and audio-visual documentation.Prior to joining IRAP, he had worked in WASSAN as Programme Officer and was engaged in research on watershed management issues. Kishan is fluent in English, Telugu and Hindi.