U.N.A. (Anil) Palakodeti
Anil Kumar Palakodeti is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR).
Anil Palakodeti is currently pursuing his Doctoral research in water economics and governance under the supervision of Prof. dr. Jurian Edelenbos and Prof. dr. Meine Pieter van Dijk. Precisely, he is investigating the Social, Institutional, Technical, and Economic (S.I.T.E) values of drinking water challenges encountered by inhabitants of informal settlements (a.k.a. slums) in major metropolitan cities of Indian sub-continent. Eventually, the investigation results in domino effect of developing a systematic and integrated valuation framework (or tool) supporting the decision-making processes to provide safe and adequate drinking water (can be extended to other infrastructure facilities and services as well) to urban poor, in a cost-effective manner.
Preceding his PhD journey, Anil has done his Post-graduation in International Planning & Development from Cardiff University (Cardiff, United Kingdom) and Under-graduation in Urban & Regional Planning studies from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (India). He secured top grades in both his degrees. Currently, his professional life (post qualification) include working as consultant/ urban planner on various research-oriented and consulting projects. He works in preparing various city development plans, sanitation plans, and feasibility studies for urban infrastructure projects for various urban local bodies (ULBs), State and Central government. His expertise also include developing vision documents, policy frameworks, MoUs, guidelines, organization structuring & restructuring, and training & capacity building. He also develops a sound understanding of transaction advisory, monitoring and evaluation of various sectorial projects. Apart from India, his country experiences include Netherlands, Srilanka, Maldives, and United Kingdom.
His research interests include ecological economics, carbon trading, climate financing, investigating the dynamics of climatic changes on quality & quantities of urban water bodies.
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