Vrushti is a PhD candidate at the School of Community and Regional Planning and is interested in water access from equity-related perspectives. More specifically, she is interested in the socio-economic aspects of urban water and wastewater management. Her doctoral research, for which she was recently awarded a fieldwork grant from IDRC, looks at examining water access in peri-urban Ahmedabad (India) under diverse economic, legal, cultural and political conditions. Vrushti’s research interests have led her to design some broader teaching and research initiatives over the past two years, including co-leading a public initiative relating towards understanding Ahmedabad’s waterscape better in late 2016, and designing and co-teaching a collaborative field course in Ahmedabad to a mixed group of students from UBC (Vancouver) and CEPT (Ahmedabad) in Dec 2015.
Before beginning her PhD at SCARP, Vrushti worked on academic as well as industry-based planning projects in Melbourne (Australia) and Ahmedabad (India). She holds a Master in Planning & Design from the University of Melbourne, and is mum to two beautiful girls aged 8 and 2.