Staff

Abishek Sankara Narayan

Abishek Sankara Narayan

Doctoral Researcher

Department Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development

About Me

My research is on Citywide Inclusive Sanitation for Developing Countries, with a focus on India. I work in the intersection of Urban Planning, Wastewater Engineering and Environmental Policy. 

I carry out my PhD research with the guidance of Dr. Christoph Lüthi and Prof. Max Maurer at ETH Zurich. 

My interest in water came from founding the Clean Adyar Initative, a citizen action group on river restoration in Chennai, India. I have a background in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Policy from Anna and Oxford Universities respectively. I am also a visiting/guest lecturer on the topics of Water, Sanitation, Urbanisation etc., at Oxford, EPF Lausanne, TU Berlin, and IHE Delft.

I am active in two key WASH networks -
Swiss Water Partnership, where I am part of the Youth Management Committee and the Steering Board.
Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA), where I am a lead for the working group on Cities, and also on the Core Committee of the Alliance. 

I strongly believe that for achieving sustainable and equitable development in WASH and elsewhere, there needs to be holistic planning, youth participation, and clear communication of science. It is therefore these three aspects that I try to focus in any of my scientific or development endeavor.  

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Projects

4S is assessing small-scale sanitation systems in South Asia to provide policy recommendations for improved sanitation system design, implementation and O&M.
The aim of CWIS research is to develop a method that synthesizes existing information about the sanitation landscapes of cities in India and that presents comprehensive sanitation solutions.
An inter- and transdisciplinary strategic research program that strives to develop novel non-gridconnected water and sani- tation systems that can function as comparable alternatives to network-based systems.

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Curriculum Vitae

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Publications

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Narayan, A. S.; Lüthi, C. (2020) Solving urban sanitation - sustainably and equitably, World Water, 43(4), 18-21, Institutional Repository
Narayan, A. S.; Fischer, M.; Lüthi, C. (2020) Social network analysis for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH): application in governance of decentralized wastewater treatment in India using a novel validation methodology, Frontiers in Environmental Science, 7, 198 (18 pp.), doi:10.3389/fenvs.2019.00198, Institutional Repository
Lüthi, C.; Sankara Narayan, A. (2018) Citywide inclusive sanitation: achieving the urban water SDGs, In: Camarena, L.; Machado-Filho, H.; Casagrande, L.; Byrd, R.; Tsakanika, A.; Wotton, S. (Eds.), Urban waters - How does water impact and is impacted by cities and human settlements?, 11-13, Institutional Repository
Klinger, M.; Ulrich, L.; Ramprasad, C.; Wolf, A. T.; Reynaud, N.; Narayan, A. S.; Siemsen, P.; Lüthi, C.; Philip, L. (2020) Technology, implementation and operation of small‐scale sanitation in India. Performance analysis and policy recommendations. Small‐scale sanitation scaling‐up (4S) - project report vol. I, 127 p, Institutional Repository
Johnstone, D. W. M.; Nowicki, S.; Narayan, A. S.; Sinha, R. (2020) Wastewater. From a toxin to a valuable resource, In: Dadson, S. J.; Garrick, D. E.; Penning‐Rowsell, E. C.; Hall, J. W.; Hope, R.; Hughes, J. (Eds.), Water science, policy, and management: a global challenge, 291-307, Institutional Repository

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Address

E-Mail: abishek.narayan@eawag.ch
Phone: +41 58 765 6771
Fax: +41 58 765 5802
Address: Eawag
Überlandstrasse 133
8600 Dübendorf
Office: FC F36

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