Arvind Lakshmisha is a Research Associate and Doctoral Candidate at the Section of International Agricultural Policy and Environmental governance. He specialises in issues related to climate adaptation and water governance in urbanising areas. He is a Mechanical Engineer and has a Masters degree in Climate Science and Policy from TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi, India. Pursuing his interest in policy arena, he obtained a Double degree Masters in Public Policy and Human Development given jointly by United Nations University - MERIT and Mastricht Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht University. He has extensively worked on issues of climate adaptation among fishing and agrarian communities in South Asia. During his previous work at the Public Affairs Centre, he helped develop Climate Change Score Cards, a social accountability tool to help increase the accountability of local administration. Since 2015, he has been working on capturing community perceptions on water security in peri-urban areas in the global south.
At the Section, he is part of the Graduate Program for Bangalore Dynamics (GP-BangaDyn) and his work at the section revolves on analysing the “Rural-urban dynamics and cross-scalar coordination and institutional change in water governance “in the city of Bangalore in Southern India. Since, 2020 he is part of the DFG project (FOR2432/2) looking at governance of blue infrastructure in urbanising environments.


  • Nagendra, B., Lakshmisha, A., & Agarwal, P. (2019). Mobile application in municipal waste tracking: a pilot study of “PAC waste tracker” in Bangalore city, India. Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management, 21, pp 705-712.
  • Lakshmisha, A., & Agarwal, P. (2017). Improving Water Security in Peri-Urban Areas Around Bangalore. Journal of Global Resources, 5, 71-81.

Con­fe­rence pa­per and book chap­ter

  • Lakshmisha, A. and Agarwal, P. (2018). Communicating Climate Change Impacts using Cognitive: A Case of Peri-Urban Bangalore. In Climate Change: Changes and Solutions. Edited by Kakkar, R., Kumar, Vinaya., Remadevi, O K., Hema, N., & Anthony, Cruz. Published by EMPRI and the Department of Science and Technology Government of India.

Pos­ter pre­sen­ta­ti­on

  • Lakshmisha, Arvind (2019). Effects of rural to urban transformation on co-management of waterbodies in Greater Bangalore Metropolitan Region, India. Indo-German Conference on Rural – Urban Transformation organized jointly by the University of Agricultural Science Bengaluru, University of Kassel and University of Goettingen, 20-22 February 2019.

Work Ex­pe­ri­ence

01/2017 – 07/2017Public Affairs Centre
Team Lead, Environment Governance Group
09/2015 –  12/2016Public Affairs Centre
Senior Program Officer, Environment Governance Group
01/2013 – 08/2014Public Affairs Centre
Program Officer, Environment Governance Group
06/2012 – 12/2012Institute of Rural Management Anand
Research Fellow


08/2014 – 08/2015Maastricht University and UNU MERIT, The Netherlands
Double Masters in Public Policy and Human Development (MSc)
08/2010 – 06/2012TERI University, India
Climate Science and Policy (MSc)
08/2006 – 07/2010Visvesvaraya Technological University, India
Mechanical Engineering (B.E.)
08/2013Executive Summer School in Global Environmental Policy under the Environmental Learning Alliance of UNEP and University of Geneva