Anupam Khajuria

Anupam Khajuria

Research Fellow and Academic Associate

PhD , Environmental Engineering, Osaka University (Japan), 2010
MSc , Environmental Sciences, Guru Nanak Dev University (India), 2005
BSc , Science, Guru Nanak Dev University (India), 2003
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Dr. Anupam Khajuria is a Research Fellow and Academic Associate with the Innovation and Education Programme at UNU-IAS. 

Her expertise is in environmental research with an emphasis on waste and water management. Having earned her PhD in Environmental Engineering from Osaka University in 2010, Dr. Khajuria's research has focused on enhancing waste management systems across South Asian countries, employing the DPSIR (Driving Force-Pressure-State-Impact-Response) analytical framework. During her tenure as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Tokyo Institute of Technology between 2012 and 2014, she contributed significantly to the project aimed at the long-term vision for the sustainable use of the world's freshwater resources.

Between her PhD and postdoctoral spans, she also held a position of Research Associate at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore from 2011 to 2012, where she focused on developing agricultural vulnerability profiles, particularly in the context of climate-change-induced stresses. During her PhD journey, she was a Research Assistant at the Kansai Research Centre of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in Kobe. She also held the position of Environmental Manager at the Common Bio-Medical Treatment Facility in Agra from 2005 to 2007.

Prior to joining UNU-IAS, Dr. Khajuria worked as a researcher at the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)-DSDG/UN DESA in Nagoya, Japan, for almost 10 years. She was managing three projects at UNCRD: Promotion of 3R and Circular Economy in Asia and the Pacific Region, International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities (IPLA) — an SDG Partnership, and State of 3R in Asia and the Pacific. She also coordinated several training programs, forums, conferences and seminars with national and international governmental organizations.

Dr. Khajuria has extensive knowledge and experience in conducting environmental research projects, and has published a number of research articles in peer-reviewed international journals in the environmental sciences domain, with a focus on waste and water engineering, circular economy and sustainable development. She has been associated with several environmental and scientific societies, and contributes to the editorial boards of academic journals such as Circular Economy, International Journal of Development and Sustainability, and Circular Economy of Frontier in Sustainability.

Research Interests

  • Circular economy
  • Environment-friendly resource management policy
  • New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Science-policy-technology interface