Ashwathy Anand is a Program Associate with the Urban Water team at WRI India. She works at the intersection of water, people and development in cities using her interdisciplinary background as architect, planner and development practitioner. She has also been involved with research on blue-green infrastructure, restoration of waterbodies, waterfront regeneration and innovation in water-waste nexus.

Ashwathy has previously worked on design and heritage conservation projects in an architectural firm. Apart from this, she has also worked in a policy think-tank in Delhi researching on government of India’s Urban policies such as Smart City Mission and HRIDAY.

She holds a master’s in urban Regeneration from the University of London, UK and a bachelor’s in architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal. Prior to her master’s, Ashwathy was part of the Urban Fellowship Program held by Indian Institute for Human Settlements in 2016. Her primary research interests lie in urban regeneration, place-making, urban ecology and environment studies, policy, governance.

In her free time, Ashwathy likes to paint landscapes in her free time. She also enjoys exploring cities through their local food.