CUSA is honored to have Vandana Asthana, Associate Professor of Eastern Washington University, as a visiting fellow this quarter. Growing up in the banks of India, Asthana was fascinated by the free-flowing and eco-resilient waters of the Ganges River that many worshipped. During her illustrious career as a grounded researcher in the region, she mitigated the pollution in the Ganges River with the help of an NGO she co-founded and became affiliated with various environmental and water security projects with the South Asian Ford Foundation and the Government of India.
Overall, Dr. Asthana works in the areas of water policy, governance and challenges in human security. She often writes about the contentious opinions of competing users and interests groups of water resources, including in her most recent book, Water Policy Processes: Discourses of Power and Resistance (2014). Here at UCI’s Center for Unconventional Security Affairs, she is working as a senior research fellow to complete her coauthored manuscript, “Water Security in India: Hope, Despair and Challenges of Human Development,” until her departure April 1st.