Bridging the Gap between Research and Action

I'm Anamika, a professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Indian institute of Technology Guwahati, India. I am also associated with Centre for Disaster Management and Research, Centre for Environment and Centre for Sustainable Water Research. I also served as a visiting faculty in the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok in 2021.

Trained in Ecological Economics, my research is interdisciplinary and focuses on sustainability transition in Global South.

My research interest includes – climate change and water security, water utilities and water pricing, ecological footprints, virtual water flow through trade and water governance including trans-boundary water governance.


Administrating as the
Dean of Students Affairs
I served as a Dean in the students' affairs office of the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG) from 2019 to 2023, first as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and then stepped up as the first woman Dean of Student Affairs at IITG.
As a Dean of Students, I was responsible for the overall welfare of the students' community, ensuring their physical and mental wellbeing.


Through publications I share my research findings, contribute to the advancement of knowledge in my field and disseminate the findings to a wider audience, facilitating collaboration and further research.

I am serving as Editorial Board Member of IJWRD, PLOS Climate and Frontiers in Water

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Project Highlights

I conduct research that is relevant to policy questions and I constantly engage with policy makers through collaboration and communication to make my findings accessible to them.

Diversity and inclusivity are two key components of my research, and I firmly believe that participatory approach can lead to more relevant and impactful research outcomes.
TransPath: Water Transformation Pathways Planning
Transboundary Policy Dialogue for Improved Water Governance of Brahmaputra Basin
Transboundary water management and conflict resolution using virtual water trade and Game Theory
Climate Change: The appalling truth | Anamika Barua | TEDxIITGuwahati
Climate Change Risk Assessment and Mapping at district and state level in India

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Working with me is..

"I met Prof. Anamika a few years ago and our collaboration has only gained strength and brought many other younger, especially women, climate change researchers into a network. She is very popular with both the research community and state governments. She has already made significant contributions to social science aspects of climate change. I call her the leader of women climate change social science groups in India."

Prof. N H Ravindranath (Retd), Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore

“I have a pleasure of collaborating with Prof. Anamika on sustainability and climate change. She brings much needed transdisciplinary approach to solve these issues and focused on solution-oriented education, research and capacity building.”

Prof. Shobhakar Dhakal, AIT Bangkok, CLA of IPCC's 6th and 5th Assessment Report

"Prof. Anamika Barua has an exceptional leadership quality to see through systemic connections and where are the loose ends which need attention in both short and long term to bring in change in the socio-economic-political system. She has carved out a niche through her research and teaching contributions in the field of water and other natural resources with or without climate change."

Prof. Joyashree Roy, Founder Director: South and South East Asia Multidisciplinary Applied Research Network on Transforming Societies of Global South (SMARTS)

"It's great to work with Anamika. She has very interesting ideas and good contacts, and manages projects in a pleasant way."

Wim Douven, Assistant Prof., IHE Delft, The Netherlands

"Dr. Anamika is very knowledgeable, methodical and dedicated towards her work. It was a great experience working with her on a mission-mode project of national importance. It's really so exciting to see her proactive involvement not only in the academic and research domain but also in the administrative side. She is very popular among students while serving as Dean in the Institute. My best wishes for all her future endeavours!"

Dr. Nisha Mendiratta, Executive Director of IUSSTF (Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum) and Head of WISE-KIRAN Division in Department of Science and Technology