Adithya Pradyumna

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Environment and Health
  • Public Health
  • Health Impact Assessment
  • Food Systems
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Environmental Health Ethics


Adithya teaches courses in environmental health action, epidemiology and social research. Besides this, he also supports the development of new educational programmes in public health, facilitates research projects in environmental health, and provides technical and administrative support to a range of non-profit organisations in India.

His previous professional appointment was at the Society for Community Health Awareness, Research and Action (SOCHARA), Bengaluru, where he worked in various capacities for seven years. His main role as an environmental health resource person was to provide technical support to non-profits such as Watershed Organisation Trust and Greenpeace India, and has also worked on projects/​issues related to climate change, industrial pollution, and sanitation. During that time, he also developed resources in environmental health, mentored interns and fellows, and taught as a visiting faculty member at Savitribai Phule Pune University and Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Public Health.

Over the coming years, Adithya plans to build on his work in environmental health in India through research projects, and by continuing to support the work of SOCHARA, Pesticide Action Network India, Healthy Energy Initiative India, Aweksha Trust, medico friend circle (mfc) and Emerging Voices for Global Health network. His training in medicine (MBBS) was from St. John’s Medical College, Bengaluru, and in public health (MSc) from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (PhD).

Further details on his background and work experience are available on his private webpage.




A detailed list of his scientific writing is available at his research profile. He also writes blogposts occasionally. One can find his selected publications and writings, as given below.

  • Pradyumna, A., Farnham, A., Utzinger, J., & Winkler, M. S. (2021). Health impact assessment of a watershed development project in southern India: A case study. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 39(2), 118 – 126. https://​doi​.org/​10​.​1080​/​14615517​.​2020​.​1863119
  • Pradyumna, A., Mishra, A., Utzinger, J., & Winkler, M. S. (2021). Health in food systems policies in India: A document review. International Journal of Health Policy and Management. https://​doi​.org/​10​.​34172​/​i​j​h​p​m​.​2021.18
  • Pradyumna, A., Winkler, M. S., Utzinger, J., & Farnham, A. (2021). Association of livestock ownership and household dietary quality: Results from a cross-sectional survey from rural India. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(11), 6060. https://​doi​.org/​10​.​3390​/​i​j​e​r​p​h​18116060
  • Pradyumna, A., Bendapudi, R., Zade, D., D’Souza, M., & Tasgaonkar, P. (2020). Managing the increasing heat stress in rural areas. In W. L. Filho (Ed.), Handbook of Climate Change Resilience (pp. 207 – 228). Springer Cham.
  • Pradyumna, A. (2018). Planetary health and food systems: Insights from global SDGs. The Lancet. Planetary Health, 2(10), e417 – e418.‑X
  • Pradyumna, A., & Chelaton, J. (2018). The endosulfan tragedy of Kasaragod: Health and ethics in non-health sector programs. In A. Mishra & K. Subbiah (Eds.), Ethics in Public Health Practice in India (pp. 85 – 104). Springer Singapore.
  • Pradyumna, A. (2016a). Making those hard decisions – for people and the environment. Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, 13(1), 59.
  • Pradyumna, A. (2016b). Surviving burns with care — A gender-based analysis of burns epidemiology and health system challenges in Bangalore. Vimochana.
  • Pradyumna, A. (2015). Health aspects of the environmental impact assessment process in India. Economic and Political Weekly, 50(8), 57 – 64.
  • Pradyumna, A., & Narayan, R. (2012). Examining environment and health interactions: Responding with communities to the challenges of our times. SOCHARA.

On-going Projects

  • Knowledge Attitude and Perception study on Climate Change among health professionals in India (as co-investigator, with Healthcare Without Harm)
  • Health impact assessment in a post-Covid-19 world (as collaborator, with Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel)