Environmental science and planning; water resources; urban water service/ infrastructure service; planning and policy; sustainability planning; resilience; international development.
- Ph.D., City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley
- MS, Environmental Policy, University of Massachusetts Boston
- Post Graduate Diploma, Environmental Science, University of Bombay
- BS, Microbiology, University of Bombay
Asavari Devadiga's expertise resides in urban infrastructure service and its delivery and environmental planning. At University of California Berkeley, Asavari's dissertation research focused on water infrastructure service and delivery, institutional framework and challenges, and intersections of urban planning and infrastructure development. Her research interests and experience also span sustainability planning, resilience in institutions, international policy and infrastructure management.
Asavari has a strong interdisciplinary background ranging from the technical sciences, applied and social sciences, to urban planning and policy. Asavari has a wide ranging 16-year professional history of working in public, private, and nongovernment sectors. Her experience spans leading and managing teams and projects and conducting technical analyses for a wide variety of projects including urban and infrastructure development, environmental restoration, watershed management, water supply diversification, and land use master plans. Asavari's more recent work includes collaborative research and planning for regional water resilience in the Bay Area at the Association of Bay Area Government and on affordable housing at the City of Berkeley. Asavari also serves as an adjunct researcher at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) in Bangalore, where she is working on wastewater management and environmental governance.
Selected Recent Panel Invitations:
Infrastructure and Service: Bringing a Planning Perspective to Innovation and Transition Pathways. Panelist, Beyond Oil - A Conference by Spaces of Climate and Energy Laboratory. University of Bergen, Bergen. Norway. October 2017.
Stormwater Management and Water Reuse - Integrating Environmental Considerations into Quality of Life. Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering (CESE), Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B). Mumbai. India. September 2017.
The “Enhanced Hybrid Approach”: Facing Water Challenges by Building Resilience. Panelist, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning's 56th Annual Conference. Portland, OR, November 2016.
Questioning The Current Water Delivery Structures: An Investigation of Policy and Practices with an Urban Planning Perspective. Panelist and Discussant, 17th International Planning History Conference, Delft, The Netherlands. Organized by the Delft Univ. of Technology. July 2016.
The “Local Up” Approach To Resilience: Policy Lessons from Water Delivery Practices. Panelist and Discussant, Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia (UCRSEA) Partnership Conference, Hanoi, Vietnam. Funded by the International Dev. Research Centre (IDRC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). April 2016.
- Courses Taught
ED102 Sustainable Urbanism, College of Environmental Design
CP254 Sustainable Communities, Department of City and Regional Planning
In[City] Summer Program, Department of City and Regional Planning
- Selected Publications
Devadiga, Asavari. “Water When You Need it”: Going Beyond the Conventional. Under Review for International Development Planning Review.
K. P. Jayaramu, Devadiga, Asavari and Manoj Kumar. (2015). Connecting the Last Mile - Water Access Policy in Action. Waterlines, Vol. 34 (2).
Alex, Jen; Austodillo, Edgar; Cloutier, Roy; Devadiga, Asavari; Godlewski, Joseph; Staton, Brooke; and Velasco, Stephanie. (2013). SHA[RE]SOURCE: Connecting, Collecting, and Creating Resource-sharing Initiatives in the Built Environment. KTISMAjournal at University of Oregon, Vol. 3.
Devadiga, Asavari. (2012). California Water Management Success Stories: The Portfolio Management Approach and other Advances in Sustainability. Ecology Law Currents. A Panel Review at California Water Law Symposium held in January 2012.
Devadiga, Asavari and Hartshorn, Jenneen, (2012). Achieving Water Sustainability in a Changing Climate. Ecology Law Currents. A Panel Review at California Water Law Symposium held in January 2012.