Dr. Saravanan Subramanian

Research programme:Environmental Governance

Function: Senior Researcher

Specialization: Geography

Work areas:

  • Water governance
  • Water supply & sanitation
  • Water reclamation
  • Drought resilience
  • Urban metabolism
  • Socio-epidemiology
  • Environment & health
  • International aid & cooperation

Responsibilities in education and training:

Doctoral lectures at Center for Development Research, & masters program at University of Bonn

  • 2017-2018    ‘Spatial Epidemiology’
  • 2017-2018    Urbanization and Development
  • 2016 & 2017    Coordinator-Certificate course on Environment and Health, Tashkant Medical Academy, Uzbekistan
  • 2013 & 2015    Urbanization and Development
  • 2009-2011 & 2014 Institutional Analysis & Development: Application of New Institutionalism in Social and Ecological Science
  • 2009-2011   Integrated Water Management- International Experiences of Polarised Discourses at Tashkent Medical Academy (Uzbekistan)


Since 4/2021German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
(until 6/2022 German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE))
Senior Researcher, Research programme "Environmental Governance and Transformation to Sustainability"
8/2020-3/2021Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering, Technical University Munich, Garching
Research Scientist
1/2007-12/2017Center for Development Research (ZEF) University of Bonn
Senior Researcher
2003-2006University of Queensland, Australia
PhD in Geographical Sciences and Planning
2000-2003National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi, India
Junior Economist
1998-1999Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, India
Research Fellow
1996-1997Centre for Development Studies & Activities, University of Pune
Project Planner
1994-1996Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN), New Delhi
Project Executive
1991-1992Department of Geography, University of Madras
Research Scientist

Member of

  • Global Framework on Water Security in Agriculture (WASAG)  Working Group on 'Drought' & 'Water & Nutrition'.

Refereed Publications

Non-refereed Publications

Opinion Pieces