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Shilpi Srivastava

Research Fellow

Shilpi Srivastava is a Research Fellow with the Resource Politics and Environmental Change Cluster. A political sociologist with interdisciplinary training in political science, law and governance, and development studies, Shilpi has over ten years of research experience in the field of water policy processes, access, regulation and rights to water. In her research, she uses the lens of water and climate to understand issues of power and patterns of authority to explore spaces of justice, rights and accountability. Shilpi completed her PhD in Development Studies (Sussex) and has an MA in Political Science and MPhil in Law and Governance (JNU, India).

In recent years, Shilpi’s work has increasingly focused on exploring cross-sectoral linkages and impacts across water and climate change. She draws on qualitative and participatory methods to explore the everyday encounters of marginalised communities with the changing climate as they intersect with wider issues in political economy and institutional politics. She is currently involved with projects related to uncertainty, climate change and transformation in India and Bangladesh, and off-grid sanitation in the global South. She leads a project on climate preparedness and decision-making under conditions of climatic uncertainty. Her advisory experience includes work with UNICEF, UNHCR, DFID, IDRC and BMGF.

Shilpi is the series co-editor for the Palgrave Pivot series on Global Challenges in Water Governance (April 2021 onwards). She is the co-Convenor of MA in Development Studies at IDS and is currently supervising two PhD students. She is interested in hearing from prospective doctoral students who wish to work on the cultural politics of water and climate change in South Asia.

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Climate Justice Scoping Study

This study, commissioned by the International Development Research Centre, identified gaps and future entry points for Southern-led research on climate justice. The study was framed around the concept of transformative climate justice, reflecting the need to bridge gaps between climate justice...


Towards Brown Gold: Alleppey, India

Alleppey, a major tourist destination in Kerala, has seen a congestion of its extensive ‘backwater’ canals and severe damage to its fragile ecosystem due to poor waste management practices. The liquid waste management in Alleppey is inadequate as there is no treatment of faecal waste. It...



COP26 falls short on ambition and fails to address climate justice

The COP26 climate summit in Glasgow came to end late on Saturday 13 November with a final text published that includes a pledge on the climate crisis that keeps the goal of limiting global heating to 1.5C within reach. The ‘Glasgow climate pact’ was adopted despite last-minute interventions...

Ian Scoones
Ian Scoones & 2 others

16 November 2021


Working Paper

Increased Attention to Water is Key to Adaptation

There is growing awareness that water is central to climate change adaptation. Water is a top adaptation priority in 79% of the Nationally Determined Contributions. However, there are several challenges in translating these commitments to substantive benefits on the ground, in particular for...

3 February 2022


The Politics of Climate Change and Uncertainty in India

This book brings together diverse perspectives concerning uncertainty and climate change in India. Uncertainty is a key factor shaping climate and environmental policy at international, national and local levels. Climate change and events such as cyclones, floods, droughts and changing rainfall...

23 December 2021

Shilpi Srivastava’s recent work