Arvind Lakshmisha

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Natural Resource Management in areas under Urban Transformation
  • Actors and their Interactions in Polycentric Governance Systems
  • Collaborations and Collective Action
  • Change in Governance and Institutional Arrangements of Urban Commons
  • Social and Environmental Networks
  • Social Accountability and Climate Change


Arvind Lakshmisha is an interdisciplinary researcher with a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development, a double-degree programme of United Nations University and Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT).

He also has a Master’s in Climate Science and Policy from TERI School of Advanced Studies (TERI SAS).

Prior to joining the University, he was a Research Associate and Doctoral Candidate at the Section of International Agricultural Policy and Environmental Governance, University of Kassel, Germany. 

He was a part of the Graduate Programme for Bangalore Dynamics focusing on rural-urban dynamics in Bengaluru between 2017 – 2020. He was also part of the project FOR2432/2 funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) looking at understanding social-ecological systems in the rural-urban interface. He focused on analysing the rural-urban dynamics and cross-scalar coordination and institutional change in water governance in Bengaluru, southern India.

During his previous work at the Public Affairs Centre, Bengaluru, he worked extensively on issues of climate adaptation among fishing and agrarian communities in South Asia. He helped develop Climate Change Score Cards, a social accountability tool to help increase the accountability of local administration in areas of increasing vulnerability.



  • Sha, A., Jangal, J., & Suresh, R. (2015). Can Famers Adapt to Climate Change? Citizens Plan their Adaptation. Punya Publishers.

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