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Vaishali Kushwaha

PhD in Law and Public Policy

Vaishali is a mid-career PhD in Public Policy candidate in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. She has also received a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Texas A&M University. Prior to starting her doctoral studies, she worked for over a decade in academia, civil society, and public sector consulting across Singapore, India, and the US.

Her research and professional interests focus on addressing complex urban environmental challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective. She uses analytical approaches like system dynamics, network science, data analytics, benchmarking, and program evaluation to study climate resilience and sustainable development issues in Asian cities. Her PhD dissertation research focuses on the issues of water security, formal and informal water supply, and water governance in Indian cities. She received the 2018 Hong Liu Asian Studies Research Award for her dissertation research.

She was a NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks Fellow from 2020-2022 and was part of the Digital Integration Teaching Initiative team that collaborated with faculty across the social sciences and humanities disciplines to introduce students to digital methods and skills. She also teaches (instructor, co-instructor, and TA) graduate-level courses (in-person, online, and hybrid) at the department. 


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