IDCE Students Profiles

Ananya Baruah (GISDE '2011)

Ananya Baruah (India) completed her Master’s degree in environmental management from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia in 2007. During her studies, she was actively involved in a Climate Change Mitigation Project in the Environment Unit at UNSW. Upon graduation, she joined an NGO called ATREE in India to work as a research associate in the hydrology component of a UNDP Project called “Post Tsunami Environment Initiative.” Her role was to study the periodic trends of the water resources in the Tsunami affected areas in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. After the completion of this project, Baruah joined Wilbur Smith Pvt ltd in Bangalore, India where she worked as an environmental planner. There her responsibilities involved organizing baseline environmental monitoring, conducting field surveys and preparation of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environmental Management Plan (EMP) Reports for infrastructure development projects such as highways, buildings, water supply, sewerage, etc. Baruah’s research interests include the application of GIS and related Spatial Information Systems in the case of urban and rural planning, sustainable development, and environmental advocacy.