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Nandita Singh

Nandita Singh is Ph.D. in Environmental Anthropology from Delhi University, India and Docent in Water Resources Management from Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden. She is engaged in research and teaching in water and environmental management at the Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering, KTH and is the Research Director of Millennium Water Story (MWS). She was awarded the University Gold Medal for academic excellence in Masters at Delhi University and is recipient of University Grants Commission fellowship for completing her doctoral research. She received the prestigious Wennergren Foundation fellowship for postdoctoral research at KTH and was also awarded a fellowship by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).

She has the distinction of being placed in the famous 'Marquis Who's Who in the World, 2006' for her outstanding contribution in defining an alternate model on water resources management based on integration of local perspective in the global paradigm. She also holds a distinguished place amongst the 'Leading Scientists of the World' (2006) compiled by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England.

She is an academician, author and activist in water sector with more than 15 years of experience in research, education and advocacy in the areas of water policy, gender and water, human right to water, climate change and water, integrated water resources management, water quality management, participatory approach in water management, and traditional water management systems. She has pioneered several research projects on water management issues at KTH with support from Swedish and other international research funding agencies, of which four have exclusively focused on India. These projects have led to many important policy recommendations.

She has authored several international publications which have been widely referred by other academicians and researchers in the sector. Her latest publication is a comprehensive book titled 'The human right to water: From concept to reality,' published by Springer International (http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-319-40286-4). This recently published book defines a new approach on how the right can be universally realized in practice. She is a regular reviewer of research articles for several international peer-reviewed journals and has also evaluated project applications for research funding agencies.

She has been instrumental in establishing and strengthening educational cooperation between Sweden and India through the Linnaeus-Palme Academic Exchange Program supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Erasmus Mundus Program supported by the European Commission. She has been a visiting faculty at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore for eight years and is currently a visiting faculty at A. N. College, Magadh University, Patna, Bihar under these programs.

She has served as an expert in the water sector independently and as member in working groups in Sweden, India and also at many other places. As a member of the Cluster Group on Water and Rights at the Swedish Water House, she has actively contributed to the development of an international Policy Brief which was launched at the World Water Week 2010. She has also the honor of being one of the organizers of the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize Laureates Seminar at KTH in 2010 in commemoration of 20 years of this prize.

As a member of an expert group, she has provided valuable inputs for future directions of research in the field of water resources management in India, as a part of a project coordinated by the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore for the Government of India. She has been the member of an international team for evaluation of WaterAid UK's Country Programme in India and has also been an advisor on water issues to the private sector. She has served as an expert on Indian water quality management framework for the Swedish Textile Water Initiative (STWI) at Swedish Water House, Stockholm.

She has founded MWS together with her husband Om Prakash Singh in January 2016, with the aim to inform, educate and communicate with the masses in order to sensitize them on different aspects of water resources management through the medium of photo-documentary works. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden. 

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