Dr. Venkatesh Dutta

Short Profile

I am trained as Environmental Management Specialist with specialization in Water Resources Management. My main research interests involve water quality assessment, groundwater contamination and eco-hydrology. 

My current research interests include River Restoration, Land-use planning along with zoning regulations, Environmental Impact Assessment, Urban Policies and Sustainable Cities. I am also interested in spatial patterns, process, cause and consequence of urban sprawl vis-a-vis environmental impacts.

I greatly enjoy the diverse roles and responsibilities of a researcher and enterprising to contribute meaningfully both as an institution builder and a teacher. Currently I am employed as Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences and Management in a Central University (BBAU).

I have special liking for Indian classical music, photography and trekking. In my free time, I listen to music, paint or simply go for retreat in Himalayas. I love rivers and mountains, and in my own life time I want to see River Ganga and all her tributaries- free flowing (aviral), clean (nirmal) and natural (naisargik). Our recently concluded research on Gomti River, a tributory of River Ganga appeared in several national media reports leading to immediate regulatory interventions from the government for its conservation and ecosystem management (Read Here). 

Email: dvenks@gmail.com 


Key Research Interests

· Integrated city land use planning with transportation plannin Environmental Impact Assessmenti) climate change – mitigation, impacts, vulnerability and adaptation in the land use and forest sector including inventory of land use sectors, Clean Developme

Sustainable Groundwater Management 

River Restoration

Choice Modelling, Non-market valuation, Ecosystem services

Environmental Policy Analysis

Urban Environment & Management, Land use dynamics

Science, Technology, Society Studies



Current Research Focus

Catchment Planning, River Restoration & Processes, Eco-hydrology



Post-Doctoral Research  (International Climate Policy), School of Public Policy, University of Maryland (2011 - 2012)

Ph.D (Regulatory & Policy Research), Faculty of Policy and Planning, TERI University, The Energy & Resources Institute, New Delhi (2001 - 2008) 

M.Sc. (Environmental Management) from University School of Environment Management, GGSIPU, New Delhi (1999 - 2001)

B.Sc. (Environmental Science) from Ramjas College, University of Delhi, Delhi (1996-99) 

PGD in Environment Management and Sustainable Development, University of Wales, UK (2006)

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Sustainable Development and Role of Technology (CASDRT) from EPFL, Switzerland and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (2010)  


Academic Awards & Fellowships

Fulbright Nehru Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, University of Maryland, College Park, US

Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship, UK 

British Chevening Fellowship, FCO, University of Wales, Bangor, UK

GDN Medal finalist, 2008 (Kuwait) & 2012 (Budapest)

GDN (Global Development Network) Research Medal for best paper on Development ($8000), St. Petersburg, Russia

India Development Marketplace, World Bank with Clean Himalaya ($20,000)

Sir Ratan Tata Trust Travel Award

UGC - NET & JRF in Environmental Sciences (2001 - 2006) 



International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), UK 
International Society of River Science, USA
International Society of Ecological Economics (ISEE), Maryland, USA

Indian Society of Ecological Economics (INSEE), Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi

Urban Economics Association, USA

Indian Water Resources Society (IWRS), Roorkee

Fellow, Society for Earth Scientists, India


Research Funding

2014 – 2017: DST, Ministry of Science & Technology, Groundwater Department, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh

2009 – 2011: Space Application Centre (SAC), Indian Space Research organization (ISRO)

2007 – 2008: India Development Marketplace, The World Bank

2004 – 2005: The Water and Sanitation Programme, South Asia

2002 – 2005: University Grants Commission, India  


Countries Visited for Lecturing, Meetings and Conferences in the last five years

UK, USA, Sweden, Belgium, France, Germany, Russia, Greece, Italy, Brazil, Kuwait, Dubai, Luxembourg, Hungary, Switzerland, Nepal


Projects undertaken 

· ‘Multi-criteria spatial system for evaluating environmental impacts of land use change in urban and peri-urban limits using remote sensing and GIS’ Space Application Centre (SAC), ISRO (2009)

· ‘Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation in India-Hindukush Region: A Situation Analysis’, NERC, DIFD and ESRC (UK), in collaboration with SWIMMER (University of Liverpool, U.K.), IUCN (Sri Lanka), BRAC (Bangladesh) and SDPI (Pakistan) (2007 – 08)

· ‘Cleaning the foothills of Himalaya near Rishikesh: Solid waste management through entrepreneurship’, India Development Marketplace, The World Bank (2007 – 2008)

· ‘The Regulatory Framework for Privatised Water Supply and Wastewater Services in England and Wales – lessons to India’s Urban Water’, University of Wales, Bangor (September 2006 – December 2006)

·  ‘Designing a decision-support framework to assess and improve urban water sustainability’, Water and Sanitation Programme, South Asia – World Bank (April 2004 –April 2005)

· ‘Climate variability and change: a review of impacts to agriculture’, TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi (August 2001 – July 2002: PhD Course-work project)
·Bioremediation of oily contaminated sites at Petroleum Refineries’, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., (R&D), Faridabad (January – June2001: MSc dissertation)
· ‘A Comprehensive Review of Environmental Aspects & Impacts as per ISO 14001 EMS Guidelines’, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (R&D), Faridabad (January – June2001)

· ‘Urban Sprawl Induced Land Use Changes & Their Impacts on Groundwater Resources of NCT of Delhi’, National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB), Ministry of Urban Development, Delhi. (June – July 2000: Summer training)