Mr Srinivas Chokkakula is a Fellow at CPR. At CPR, he has led, coordinated and completed various research projects on transboundary water conflicts, and megacities governance. His recent research interests focus on water – specifically transboundary water conflicts, including interstate water disputes in India, and, politics of infrastructure development – currently studying the Government of India’s rural roads programme, the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, and the urban renewal programme of Smart Cities. He is also leading a research project funded by The Asia Foundation on monitoring water disputes in the Krishna river basin. Through his research, he is actively engaged in policy conversations with government agencies such as the Ministry of Water Resources, the Central Water Commission, the National Water Mission, the Brahmaputra Board.
Mr Chokkakula is also a Research Fellow at the SOAS, University of London on an ERC funded project, Roads and politics of thought in South Asia. Before joining academia, he worked for several years on a wide range of topics, including natural resources management; urban and regional planning and governance; disaster response and reconstruction; and, ICT4D. In the past, he has been a Chevening Scholar, and a recipient of a number of other fellowships and scholarships. He has served and continues to be member of the governing boards of different non-profit organisations. He is a political geographer with degrees in urban environmental planning and civil engineering. He received his PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle, USA.