Aditi Mukherji

Theme Leader

Water and Air

Dr Aditi Mukherji is Theme Leader, Water and Air, at ICIMOD. Before joining ICIMOD in April 2013, she served as Senior Researcher at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and New Delhi, India.
She has over 18 years of experience working on policies and specializes in water resources management with a special focus on the water-energy-food nexus. Her research revolves around institutions and policies related to water resources management and her areas of specialization are groundwater governance, energy-irrigation nexus, and community management of water resources. She has worked in South Asia, the Nile basin, and Central Asia, and is currently working in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed research papers, including two books edited by Taylor and Francis. 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, USA. Her work has been widely covered by the media and she has been interviewed by leading newspapers in India including The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, and The Telegraph, as well as by the BBC, Le Monde and National Geographic on water-related issues.
She has served as a Permanent Consultative Committee member of GEF-FAO’s Groundwater Governance project hosted by the FAO in Rome. She was a Member of Global Forest Expert Panel on Forests and Water set up by International Union for Forest Research Organization, Vienna, and contributed to a comprehensive assessment report of Water and Forests.  She is currently a part of the Sixth Assessment Report team of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She is Coordinating Lead Author of the Water Chapter being authored by Working Group II on Adaptation and Vulnerability and Review Editor of the High Mountains Chapter of the Special Report on Cryosphere and Oceans in a Changing Climate. She is also one of the co-editors of HIMAP – the Hindu Kush Himalayan Assessment. She is a Steering Committee Member of the Nexus Knowledge Action Network (KAN) of Future Earth and a Board Member of SaciWATERs – a research NGO based in Hyderabad, India.
Dr Mukherji is a human geographer by training and has a PhD from Cambridge University, the United Kingdom, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. She has an M Phil in Planning and Development from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, and a Master’s degree in Geography from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.