Shivali Jainer

Manager, Urban Water, WRI India


Shivali Jainer is a Manager with the Urban Water practice at WRI India. In this role, she is leading projects and research work that will solve critical urban water challenges in India such as citywide inclusive and resilient access to WASH service provisioning, water-sensitive urban design and planning, rejuvenation of urban blue-green spaces, urban water resilience, onsite implementation of Nature-based Solutions, Green Infrastructure and WASH projects, multi-stakeholder outreach and engagement with diverse group of stakeholders like governments, private sector, civic groups and other practitioners. Her work area focuses on issues around urban water paradigms: prudence and resilience, policies, regulation, awareness of water pollution, livability, disaster risk, climate change, socio-economic and environmental well-being of the people.

She has 9 years of experience in sustainable urban water practices across human settlements of India, Africa and South Asia to achieve environmentally sound and socially equitable growth for all. Some of her previous work includes research, capacity building and implementation of water efficient and conservation practices in urban areas like rainwater harvesting systems, preparation of City Sanitation Plans, development of toolkits and compendium on green Infrastructure, lakes and waterbodies revival, stormwater management through swales and raingarden.

Shivali is an architect and urban-environmental planner from School of Planning and Architecture, India and a scholarship awardee from Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, the Netherlands for the ‘Green Cities’ postgraduate. She is an avid dancer, fitness enthusiast and likes to travel.

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