Adani Azhoni


Assistant Professor (on lien)

Date of Joining at NITK: 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Professional Experience: 

Azhoni joined the Department of Civil Engineering in May 2018 as an Assistant Professor. His earlier research includes investigating the barriers to climate change adaptation for water management from inter-institutional networks perspectives. His research has involved government officials, nongovernmental organisations, development agencies, and other key stakeholder institutions in Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Delhi, producing a comprehensive account of the on-the-ground realities of implementing national and international developmental and environmental strategies.

Prior to embarking on his PhD at Cranfield University in the UK, Azhoni worked as a Scientist in the Bureau of Indian Standards (Government of India) for six years. During this period he was incharge of the Quality Assurance Department of the BIS Central Laboratory and looked after some of the key activities related BIS Laboratory Recognition Scheme and undertook a number of Laboratory Quality Audits for accreditation/recognition as per IS/ISO/IEC 17025. He also served as a visiting faculty for BIS National Institute of Training for Standardisation, Noida and conducted a number of training programs for many batches of professionals from both industry and academia, including international training programs.

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Academic Background

Academic Background: 

• Ph.D. (Cranfield University United Kingdom)
• M.Tech. - (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi)
• B.E.- (Saurashtra University)

Areas of Interest

Climate change adaptation and vulnerability assessment
Environmental management and policy

Significant Projects

• Random Verification of Hazardous Waste Management. PJ-99/12/2021-WM-II-HO-CPCB-HO dated 10-Aug-2021 (Completed in March 2022).
• SEELARI: Socio-economic-environmental trade-offs in managing Land-River interface. Case study based in Himachal Pradesh. Trilateral research project with Cranfield University UK and Peking University China Sponsored by DBT-GoI under the Towards a Sustainable Earth Scheme Grant No.:BT/IN/TaSE/69/AA/2018-19 (Completed in June 2022)
• SEIBOCCA: Socio-Economic and Institutional Barriers of Climate Change Adaptation. Funded under the IMPRESS Project Grant No. IMPRESS/P765/2018-19/ICSSR (Completed in December 2021)

Supervision of Ph.D

Ongoing: 5
Completed: 0

Significant Publications

1. Azhoni, A., Holman, I., and Grabowski, R. Identifying evolving priorities in national river governance from Parliamentary Questions. Water Policy (2022).


2. Rehman, S., Azhoni, A. and Pooja, C. Livelihood vulnerability assessment and climate change perception analysis in Arunachal Pradesh, India. GeoJournal (2022).


3. Vercruysse, K., Grabowski, R., Holman, I. Azhoni, A. et al. Placed-based interpretation of the Sustainable Development Goals for the land-river interface. Sustain Sci (2022). Vol. 17, pages1695–1714 27 June 2022


4. Rehman, S., Jahangir, S. and Azhoni, A. GIS based coastal vulnerability assessment and adaptation barriers to coastal regulations in Dakshina Kannada district, India. Regional Studies in Marine Science. Vol. 55, September 2022, 102509.


5. Grabowski, R., Vercruysse, K., Holman, I. Azhoni, A. et al. The land–river interface: a conceptual framework of environmental process interactions to support sustainable development. Sustain Sci (2022). Vol. 17, 13 May 2022 pages 1677–1693.


6. Nair, S., Manu, B., and Azhoni, A., Sustainable treatment of paint industry wastewater: Current techniques and challenges. Journal of Environmental Management. Volume 296, 15 October 2021, 113105.


7. Azhoni, A., Holman, I. and Jude, S.: Adapting to climate change by water institutions: enablers and barriers. Journal of Hydrology. Vol 559.  April 2018 Pages 736-748


8. Azhoni, A., Goyal, M.K.: Diagnosing climate change impacts and identifying adaptation strategies by involving key stakeholder organisations and farmers in Sikkim, India: Challenges and opportunities. Science of the Total Environment. Volume 626, 1 June 2018, Pages 468-477


9. Azhoni, A., Holman, I. and Jude, S: Adapting water management to climate change: institutional involvement and inter-institutional networks. Global Environmental Change. Vol 44, May 2017, Pages 144–157


10. Azhoni, A., Holman, I. and Jude, S: Contextual and interdependent causes of climate change adaptation barriers for water management: evidences from Himachal Pradesh, India. Science of the Total Environment. Volume 576, 15 January 2017, Pages 817–828


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Prof. Subhash C. Yaragal,  Professor and Head
Department of Civil Engineering, NITK, Surathkal
P. O. Srinivasnagar, Mangalore - 575 025
Karnataka, India.

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