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, epidemiology, and social research as part of the MA in Development programme. He has contributed to developing new educational programmes in public health and development at the University.

His research is focused on health aspects of climate change, industrial pollution, and food systems. The broader theme of his work is on environmental health considerations in developmental decision-making. Besides environmental health, Adithya is interested in fiction, philosophy, and physics. 

Adithya is closely engaged with several civil society initiatives in India. He provides administrative and advisory support in an honorary capacity to the Society for Community Health Awareness, Research and Action (SOCHARA), Aweksha Trust, and Pesticide Action Network India. 

He is trained in medicine (MBBS) from St. John’s Medical College, Bengaluru, and in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (MSc), and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (PhD).

Further details on his background and engagements are available at this webpage.


A detailed list of Adithya’s publications is available through this link. A short list is available below:

  • Pradyumna, A., & Gundi, M. (2024). Reflections on the design and application of Surveypura’: A simulation-based pedagogical tool for quantitative research methods in public health and social sciences. Advances in Simulation, 9(1), 2. https://​doi​.org/​10​.​1186​/​s​41077-023 – 00275‑y
  • Pradyumna, A., Kumar, D., Satheesh, S., Chelaton, J., & Gaitonde, R. (2023). No Endosulfan-related Health Challenges in Kasaragod? A Response. Economic and Political Weekly, 58(48), 45 – 53.
  • Pradyumna, A., Patil, S., & Ramesh, M. (2023). Considering vulnerable communities in climate mitigation and adaption plans, India. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 101(2), 149 – 151. https://​doi​.org/​10​.​2471​/​B​LT.22
  • Pradyumna, A., & Sankam, J. (2022). Tools and methods for assessing health vulnerability and adaptation to climate change: A scoping review. The Journal of Climate Change and Health, 100153. https://​doi​.org/​10​.​1016​/​j​.jocl…
  • Winkler, M.S., Pradyumna, A., Villiani, F., & Knoblauch, A. Impact assessment in the post-COVID-19 world: the growing role of health impact assessment. 2022. In: The Handbook of Environmental Impact Assessment, ed., Fonseca A. Gloustershire: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Sambath, V., Narayan, S., Kumar, P., Kumar, P., & Pradyumna, A. (2022). Knowledge, attitudes and practices related to climate change and its health aspects among the healthcare workforce in India – A cross-sectional study. The Journal of Climate Change and Health, 6, 100147. https://​doi​.org/​10​.​1016​/​j​.jocl…
  • 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​/​146155
  • 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​/​ijhpm…
  • 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. https://​doi​.org/​10​.​1016​/​S​2542-…(18)30202‑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

  • Reconnecting communities to uncultivated foods in Chintamani Taluk, Karnataka (in collaboration with Janapara Foundation and Beru Bevaru cultural troupe)
  • A study on the construct of health vulnerability to climate change 
  • Evaluation of pedagogical tools for quantitative methods in social research