Research Fellow

PhD in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore




Sreeja Nair is a policy researcher. She was previously a Research Fellow at the Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore where her research focuses on bridging socio- political and technological aspects of water sustainability initiatives in urban Asia. And before that, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences, NTU. She was also an Instructor at the Public Policy and Global Affairs programme, NTU teaching undergraduate courses on Policy Design, Social Policy and Environmental Policy Design. 

Sreeja’s research focuses on policy design under uncertainty and impacts of environmental change on urban and rural communities, focusing on water and agriculture. With over nine years of field research experience, Sreeja has been a Principal Investigator for many policy projects funded by bi-laterals and multi-laterals and author of related journal articles and book chapters. Sreeja has worked with The Energy and Resources Institute in India and contributed to the National and state level Action Plans on Climate Change in India and assessment of impacts of environmental change and policy responses in other parts of Asia such as Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. She was also a Contributing Author to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Her PhD dissertation focused on comparing policy experiments to manage risks to Indian agriculture. She is currently working on a book titled ‘Policy experimentation in the age of digital disruption’ (under contract with Cambridge University Press) based on her dissertation research. 


  • PhD in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
  • Masters in Climate and Society, Columbia University and Environmental Studies, TERI University, India


  • Sreeja Nair. Rethinking policy experimentation in the age of disruption: is Indian agriculture prepared? Under contract with Cambridge University Press (expected publication date: end 2019).
  • Sreeja Nair, Navarun Varma (eds.). Emerging Pedagogies for Public Policy Research and Practice in Asia. Under contract with Palgrave-Macmillan (expected publication date: early 2020)
  • Wun Jern Ng, Sreeja Nair, Shameen Jinadasa, Evelyn Valencia. Saving Lakes: The Urban Socio-Cultural and Technological Perspectives (2018). World Scientific Publishing. 160 pp.

Peer- reviewed articles

  • S. Nair. Designing policy pilots under climate uncertainty: a conceptual framework for comparative analysis. Accepted for publication. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Special Issue on Comparison of Policy Experiments: Practices in the Asia-Pacific Region.
  • Shivakoti, R., Howlett, M., Fernandez, V., Nair, S. Governing international regime complexes through multi-level governance mechanisms: lessons from water, forestry and migration policy. Accepted for publication. International Journal of Water Resources Development.
  • Jensen O, Nair S., 2019. Integrated Urban Water Management and Water Security: A Comparison of Singapore and Hong Kong. Water. 11(4):785.
  • Nair, S. and Howlett, M, 2017. Policy Myopia as a Source of Policy Failure: Adaptation and Policy Learning under Deep Uncertainty. Policy and Politics. Special Issue: Learning and Policy Failure. 45 (1), January 2017, 103-118(16).
  • Wellstead, A., Howlett, M., Nair, S., and Rayner, J., 2016. “Push” dynamics in policy experimentation: Downscaling climate change adaptation programs in Canada. Climate Services. Vol 4, December 2016, 52-60.
  • Nair, S. and Howlett, M., 2016. From robustness to resilience: avoiding policy traps in the long-term. Sustainability Science. Special Feature: Original Article Traps! Expanding Thinking on Persistent Maladaptive States in Pursuit of Resilience.  November 2016, 11 (6), 909–917
  • Nair, S. and Howlett, M., 2015. Scaling up of policy experiments and pilots: a qualitative comparative analysis and lessons for the water sector. Water Resources Management. 29 (14), 4945-4961.
  • Nair, S. and Howlett, M., 2015. Meaning and Power in the Design and Development of Policy Experiments. Futures. Special Issue: Dealing with long-term policy problems: Making sense of the interplay between meaning and power, 76, 67-74.
  • Nair, S., Wong, K. W., and Ling, C. M., 2014. Bangkok Flood Risk Management: Application of Foresight Methodology for Scenario and Policy Development. Journal of Future Studies. 19 (2), 87-112.