Shivani Singhal


I started my Ph.D. in February 2020 at the University of Leeds. Before that, I completed my Masters in International Relations from the University of New South Wales with a distinction in 2019 and completed my Bachelor's in English (Hons) from the University of Delhi with a First class degree in 2016.   

My research aims to investigate the problems and prospects of governance in Yamuna, Delhi. Through the findings, it intends to answer the question of why plans, policies, actions, and protests all fail to reduce the pollution in the river. Despite decades of plans, judicial support, multi-billion investment, national and international help, cultural attachment of the locals to the river, and environmental pressure, the Yamuna still keeps getting more and more polluted. With no clear institutional structure and a missing inbuilt system for checks and balances to maintain accountability, pollution becomes a problem for all and hence a problem for none. 

Research interests

  • Water governance
  • River pollution
  • Feminist third-world political ecology
  • Equity  


  • M.A. International Relations
  • B.A. English (Hons)