Abishek Sankara Narayan

Dr. Sc. ETH. Researcher, Siedlungshygiene und Wasser für Entwicklung / T +41 58 765 6771 / abishek.narayan@eawag.ch

My research is on water and sanitation for development and humanitarian settings. I work in the intersection of Urban Planning, Wastewater Engineering and Environmental Policy. More specifically my work focusses on Citywide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS), with a focus on India. This research aims at conceptualizing the CWIS approach and also developing a methodology to implement it. I collaborate with the many partners including World Bank, Gates Foundation, GIZ, among others. 

My interest in water came from founding the Clean Adyar Initative, a citizen action group on river restoration in Chennai, India. I have a background in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Policy from Anna and Oxford Universities respectively. I am also a visiting/guest lecturer on the topics of Water, Sanitation, Urbanisation etc., at Oxford, EPF Lausanne, TU Berlin, and IHE Delft.


I am active in two key WASH networks -
Swiss Water Partnership, where I am part of the Youth Management Committee and the Steering Board.
Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA), where I am a lead for the working group on Cities, and also on the Core Committee of the Alliance. 

I strongly believe that for achieving sustainable and equitable development in WASH and elsewhere, there needs to be holistic planning, youth participation, and clear communication of science. It is therefore these three aspects that I try to focus in any of my scientific or development endeavor.  

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