Rupa Rupa

 PhD Candidate 

Rupa was awarded Commonwealth Shared Scholarship (2017-18) to pursue her second post-graduation studies, i.e., M.Sc. Risk from the Department of Geography at Durham University in the United Kingdom. In 2013, she completed her first post-graduation in Environment Management from Forest Research Institute Deemed University, Dehradun. Following that, she worked in biodiversity informatics as a Senior Project Associate for more than a year in Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, before joining the newly built UNESCO Category 2 Centre for Natural World Heritage Site Training and Management for the Asia-Pacific Region as a World Heritage Assistant. In 2019, she joined a not-for-profit international NGO named CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) in India as a Technical Officer.
Since August 2020, Rupa has joined AG Verne team as a Ph.D. scholar within the partnership “Appraising risk, past and present: Interrogating historical data to enhance understanding of environmental crises in the Indian Ocean World” where her research will focus on the relevance of a historical perspective for contemporary flood risk management in India. This Ph.D. is jointly supervised by Dr. Julia Verne and Dr. Brian Tomaszewski from the Rochester Institute of Technology, USA.

From April 2021- Ph.D. scholar within the partnership “Appraising risk, past and present: Interrogating historical data to enhance understanding of environmental crises in the Indian Ocean World” at Department of Cultural Geography of the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz.

August 2020-March 2020: Ph.D. scholar within the partnership “Appraising risk, past and present: Interrogating historical data to enhance understanding of environmental crises in the Indian Ocean World” at Geographical Institute of the University of Bonn.

2019-2020: Technical Officer for Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) at Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) India with primary work profile including data analysis and interpretation, checking companies’ GHG inventories, developing GHG emission reduction targets for companies, and getting more commitments to science-based target initiative.

2017-2018: Masters of Science in Risk (Risk Masters) from Durham University, United Kingdom as a Commonwealth Shared Scholar. The MSc thesis titled “Nature-Based Solution for Water: A Vision for Newcastle City, England” was a part of EU Horizon 2020 funded project Nature-based Urban Innovation (NATURVATION).

2018 - Present: Social Media Coordinator (Volunteer), Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS International).

2015-2017: World Heritage Assistant at UNESCO Category 2 Centre for Natural World Heritage Site Training and Management for the Asia-Pacific Region, Wildlife Institute of India, India.

2013-2015: Senior Project Associate, Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Project - Capacity Building in Biodiversity Informatics, a joint project of GBIF-WII-Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and Norwegian Institute for Nature and Research (NINA), Norway at Wildlife Institute of India (WII), India.

2011-2013: MSc Environment Management, Forest Research Institute Deemed University, India. MSc thesis title “Seasonal Variations in North-Western Himalaya, Uttarakhand, India.”

2007-2010: Bachelors of Science in Botany (H) from Swami Shraddhanand College, University of Delhi, India.

Born 1990 in Delhi, India

  • Disaster risk management and policies in India
  • ethnography of policymaking
  • traditional knowledge and community resilience
  • Ecosystem based Disaster Risk Reduction (EcoDRR) & Climate Change Adaptation (CCA)
  • Nature Based Solutions
  • Urbanization, RS & GIS in DRR,
  • Loss Assessment
  • hydrological modeling
  • disaster risk management
  • climate risk management