Deepa Pullanikkatil

Co-Director Sustainable Futures in Africa (SFA) Network (Funded by Scottish Funding Council and allocated to the University of Glasgow) and Co-Founder -Abundance, University of Glasgow

Deepa is Co-Director of "Sustainable Futures in Africa" (SFA) a network of institutions and members in UK and Africa. SFA is funded by the Scottish Funding Council to support work within the Global Challenges Research Fund and funds are allocated to the University of Glasgow.
An Environmental Management professional with an engineering background, Deepa Pullanikkatil has worked in Malawi, Lesotho, India, South Africa and Swaziland and recently completed a residency at the University of Glasgow, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK. Deepa undertook a Post Doctoral Fellowship at Rhodes University in South Africa, researching on ecosystem services and poverty alleviation. Prior to that, she was the national climate change adaptation consultant for the Technology Needs Assessment for the Kingdom of Eswatini. She had worked on climate change adaptation work while at “Leadership for Environment And Development (LEAD) Southern and Eastern Africa” in Malawi from 2010-2014. Deepa has a B Tech degree in Civil Engineering (India), Post Graduate Diploma in Management (India), Masters in Environmental Management (University of Free State, South Africa) and a PhD in Environmental Science from North West University, South Africa. Her interest areas include climate change adaptation, poverty alleviation, ecosystems services studies and water resources management. Deepa is founder of a non-profit organization in Malawi: ABUNDANCE www.abundanceworldwide.org

Experience

  • 2016–present
    Co-Founder, Abundance
  • 2018–present
    Co-Director, Sustainable Futures in Africa, Through University of Glasgow
  • 2018–2018
    Consultant, University of Glasgow
  • 2016–2017
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Rhodes University
  • 2015–2016
    Climate Change Adaptation Consultant, UNEP funded project supporting Ministry of Environment Swaziland
  • 2010–2014
    Project Manager, Leadership for Environment and Development
  • 2003–2009
    Head of Department/ Lecturer, Lerotholi Polytechnic

Education

  • 2015 
    North West University, PhD Environmental Science
  • 2009 
    University of Free State, Magister Environmental Management
  • 2000 
    Amrita Vishwavidyapeedham (Amrita Institute of Management), Post Graduate Diploma in Management
  • 1998 
    Mahatma Gandhi University, B.Tech Civil Engineering

Publications

  • 2018
    Springer, Reducing Poverty Through Non-Timber Forest Products : Personal Stories
  • 2018
    Environment Development and Sustainability, Pullanikkatil, D., Mograbi, P., Palamuleni, L., Ruhiiga, T. and Shackleton, C. (in press). Unsustainable Trade-offs: Provisioning Ecosystem Services in a Rapidly Changing African Landscape. Environment, Development and Sustainability.
  • 2016
    Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Pullanikkatil D., Palamuleni P. and Ruhiiga T. (2016). ‘Land use/land cover change and implications for ecosystems services in the Likangala River Catchment’, Malawi. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, doi:10.1016/j.pce.2016.03.002 .
  • 2016
    Applied Geography, Pullanikkatil D., Palamuleni P. and Ruhiiga T. (2016). ‘Assessment of Land Use Change in Likangala River Catchment, Malawi: a Remote Sensing and DPSIR approach’. Applied Geography, Vol 71: 9-23.
  • 2015
    Southern African Journal of Environmental Education, Pullanikkatil,D., Mubako, S. and Munthali, M. (2015). ‘Advancing Green Economy through Technology Transfer: Experiences from Malawi’. Southern African Journal of Environmental Education. Vol 30:66-78.
  • 2014
    African Journal of Aquatic Sciences , Pullanikkatil D., Palamuleni P. and Ruhiiga T. (2014). ‘An assessment of the impact of land use activities on water quality in the Likangala River Catchment’, Southern Malawi. African Journal of Aquatic Sciences 40:3, 277-286.
  • 2013
    African Geographical Review, Pullanikkatil,D., Mubako,S., Phalira,W., Chiotha,S and Luhanga,M. (2013). ‘Schistosomiasis prevalence in Zomba, Malawi’, African Geographical Review. Routledge Vol 33; Issue I.
  • 2011
    International Journal of Environmental Engineering, Pullanikkatil, D. and Urama, K.C. (2011). ‘The effects of industrialization on water quality and livelihoods in Lesotho’, International Journal of Environmental Engineering, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp.175–191.