The University of Manchester-Indian Institute of Science
The Joint Research Project (TRANSCAPE)

INTERDISCIPLINARY WORKSHOP on “Urban Flooding and TRBs in South Asia” – May 13-14, 2024

We are pleased to announce that the University of Manchester and the Indian Institute of Science, under the Joint Research Project TRANSCAPE, are organizing an interdisciplinary workshop on “Urban Flooding and Transboundary River Basins (TRBs) in South Asia.” This event will be held on May 13-14(Monday-Tuesday), 2024, from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
Venue: Annex Classroom-1, Department of Management Studies, IISc.
This workshop aims to bring together experts, academics, and students from various disciplines to discuss and address the pressing challenges associated with urban flooding and managing transboundary river basins in South Asia. The workshop will feature presentations by renowned speakers, discussions, and interactive sessions designed to foster collaboration.
This workshop offers a unique opportunity to learn from experts and connect with peers from various academic fields.
If you want more information, please get in touch with Sayan Roy (Email:
Looking forward to your participation.
Warm regards,
From the Coordinators of the Organizing Committee,

Dr. Mehebub Sahana
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Department of Geography
The University of Manchester | Manchester | UK

Mr. Sayan Roy,
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Management Studies
Indian Institute of Science | Bangalore | India


Programme Schedule of
Interdisciplinary workshop on Urban Flooding and Transboundary River Basins (TRBs) in South Asia
Date: 13 – 14 May 2024, Venue: Classroom-1, Department of Management Studies, IISC, Bangalore
Day 1 – Monday, 13th May 2024
 09: 30-10:00
The arrival of Guests and Participants: Tea/coffee
Title of presentation
10:00 – 10:15
Welcome Remarks by IISC
Welcome note
Dr Shashi Jain, IISc Bengaluru, India
10:15 – 11.00
Presentation from UoM
Water Disaster, Transboundary River Basins, and Environmental Sustainability in South Asia: Understanding through machine learning model and geospatial application  
Dr. Mehebub Sahana, University of Manchester, UK
11:00 – 11:30
Presentation I
Interstate River Water Governance and Urban Resilience
Dr Srinivas Chokkakula, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, India
11:30 – 12:00
Presentation II
Enhancing Governance for Sustainable Management of Transboundary Rivers in South Asia
Dr. Kalyan Rudra Chairman of the West Bengal Pollution Control Board, India.
12:00 – 12:30
Presentation III
Resurgent Waters: Transboundary Water Governance and Urban Resilience – River Restoration Study in a Sub- Basin of Brahmaputra
Prof Nayan Sharma, Ex-Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, INDIA
12:30 – 1.00
1.00 – 2.30
2.30 – 3.30
Technical Session – I
(25 minutes for each presentation & 10 minutes Q&A)
Presentation 1: Examining River Connectivity, Riparian Health and Floodscapes in Transboundary Stream Corridors of the Indian Subcontinent
Presentation 2: Adaptation to Floods and Droughts in India: Incremental vs. Transformational
Dr Priyank Pravin Patel, Presidency University, Kolkata, India
Chandra Sekhar Bahinipati, Indian Institute of Technology Tirupati
3.30 – 5.00
Roundtable Discussions
Topic: Transboundary river basins of South Asia: Issues, conflicts, Cooperation and SDGs
Objectives: 1. Policy-level methodology on cross-country SDGs dialogue; 2. Reduce environmental consequences and water disputes; 3, Joint river management plans, 4, Approaches for major grant applications?
  1. Dr Srinivas Chokkakula
  2. Dr. Kalyan Rudra
  3. Dr Uttam Kumar Sinha
  4. Prof Nayan Sharma
Day 2 – Monday, 14th May 2024
09: 30-10.00
Title of presentation
10:00 – 10:30
Presentation from IISc
Introduction to the workshop: Managing Water Scarcity in South Asia (Tentative) 
Prof Parthasarathy Ramachandran, IISc, Bengaluru, India
10:30 – 11:00
Presentation IV
Hydrodynamics in South Asia: The Interconnections
Uttam Kumar Sinha, the Institute for Defense Studies & Analyses, New Delhi, India
11:00 – 11:15
11:15 – 01.00
Technical Session – II
(30 minutes for each presentation & 15 minutes Q&A)
Presentation 1: Assessing the Wetlands Ecological Health and Flood Resilience of Transboundary River Basin in the Indian Subcontinent: A Geospatial and Socioeconomic Perspective
Presentation 2: Sustainable Flood protection in Transboundary Sundarbans: The case of Mission Mangroves
Presentation 3: Navigating the Waters: The Complex Dynamics of the India-China Transboundary River Conflict over the Brahmaputra
Dr. Kashif Imdad, CSJM University, Kanpur, India
Dr Prasenjit Sarkhel, University of Kalyani, West Bengal
Dr Sk Ajim Ali, Research Assistant, @Leverhulme project, University of Manchester, UK
1.00 – 2.30
2.30 – 3.30
Online Session
(25 minutes for each presentation & 10 minutes Q&A)
Presentation 1: Hydro-politics and Flood Hazards in South Asia: A Case of India and Bangladesh
Presentation 2: Urban Land Governance, Land Use Planning, and flood Management in Nepal
Dr Md. Abdus Samad, Jagannath University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dr Reshma Shrestha, Kathmandu University, Nepal
3.30 – 5.00
Roundtable Discussions
Topic: Urban flooding and future cities of South Asia
1. Exchange knowledge on urban flooding in South Asian cities;
2.  Identify challenges and explore solutions.;
3. Stakeholders engagement for policy recommendations.;
4. Emphasize community participation and collaboration.
  1. Prof Parthasarathy Ramachandran
  2. Prof Nayan Sharma
  3. Dr Upasak Das
Dr Mehebub Sahana