Chitresh Saraswat

PhD Scholar
Fenner School of Environment & Society

Chitresh Saraswat is a doctoral scholar and interdisciplinary researcher in the Fenner School of Environment & Society, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. Trained as an environmental geographer (water sustainability) and computer scientist, his research interests straddling water governance, innovation, and sustainability transitions. His research focuses on the role of innovation in accelerating transition towards achieving water security in Global South (current focus is on South Asian countries).

Chitresh has over ten years of research and industry experience, both nationally and internationally. He has developed this through roles with United Nations Agencies, Energy & Water Utilities, and corporate (IT) sector firms. Chitresh received Master of Science (Sustainability) degree from United Nations University (UNU-IAS), Tokyo, and then he held researcher position in Asia Pacific Network Water Security Project at UNU-IAS Tokyo. He also holds a joint diploma in sustainability science from the University of Tokyo and has completed post graduation from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India. He has published several peer-reviewed outputs in high impact factor journals and books in the research areas of sustainability, water management, security and governance, and cyber-physical systems.


Research interests

Climate Change Adaptation, Water Governance and Diplomacy, Sustainable Development Goals, Integrated Water Resource Management, Modeling, Stormwater Management, Sustainability

Saraswat, C., Kumar, P., & Mishra, B. K. (2016). Assessment of stormwater runoff management practices and governance under climate change and urbanization: An analysis of Bangkok, Hanoi and Tokyo. Environmental Science & Policy, 64, 101-117.

Saraswat, C., Mishra, B. K., & Kumar, P. (2017). Integrated urban water management scenario modeling for sustainable water governance in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Sustainability Science, 12(6), 1037-1053.

Saraswat, C., Kumar, P., Dasgupta, R., Avtar, R., & Bhalani, P. (2019). Sustainability assessment of the groundwater quality in the Western India to achieve urban water security. Applied Water Science, 9(4), 73.

Mishra, B. K., Saraswat, C., Luu, L. N., Tran, T., Van Mai, K., Chakraborty, S., & Kumar, P. (2019). Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Urban Rainfall Extremes for Achieving Sustainable Urban Water Development in Hanoi, Vietnam. In Urban Planning and Water-related Disaster Management (pp. 75-95). Springer, Cham.