Prior to joining ICIMOD, Dr Aditi was a Senior Researcher at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), based at Colombo, Sri Lanka and then at New Delhi, India. She has also worked briefly at ICRISAT – another CGIAR center based in Hyderabad, India. She has over 12 years of research experience and her research revolves around institutions and policies of water resources management. She has worked in South Asia, Nile basin and in Central Asia. She has published over 50 peer reviewed research papers, including two edited books by Taylor and Francis. She was the Associate editor of Hydrogeology Journal till 2011 and regularly peer reviews articles for journals including World Development, Economic and Political Weekly, Agricultural Water Management, Irrigation Science, Journal of Environmental Management, American Journal of Water Resources, Energy Policy, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Ecological Economics among others. She is currently an executive committee member of the Permanent Consultative Committee on Groundwater set up by the GEF and FAO. She has attended over 40 international conferences, mostly as invited and keynote speaker. In 2012, she was awarded the Inaugural Norman Borlaug award for Field Research and Application, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation and given by the World Food Prize Foundation for her policy work in West Bengal, India. Her work has been widely covered by media and she has been interviewed by all leading newspapers in India as well as by the BBC, Le Monde and National Geographic.
Aditi is a human geographer by training and has a PhD from Cambridge University, United Kingdom where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. She has an M.Phil in Planning and Development from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay and Masters and Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi and Presidency College, Calcutta respectively.