Rashmi Verma

Senior Policy Fellow


Department of Science and Technology New Delhi

Research interest:

Dr Rashmi’s research interest is to address climate change by strengthening and facilitating the low carbon development (particularly in the area of Water, Energy, Transportation and Infrastructure) in India through the lens of science, technology and innovation.



Rashmi Verma is working as a DST-Science Technology and Innovation Senior Policy Fellow at the DST-Centre for Policy Research, Indian Institute of Science- hosted at the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi. She has a Master’s degree in Botany and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences. She has over seven years of work experience in Climate Change, Water Resource Management, Water and Sanitation sector in India and in Sub-Saharan Countries.

In her last engagement, She was associated with Centre for Science and Environment as Programme Officer in Rural Water and Waste Management unit. She was also engaged in training and capacity building programs of central and state government departments. Prior to that she worked with GIZ on project – Status of Climate Change in State of Uttarakhand. Rashmi earned her Ph.D. degree from School of Environment and Natural Resources, Doon University, Uttarakhand. She has authored several training manuals, technical reports and scientific publications in journals of International repute.


Book Authorship:

Sunita Narain, Sushmita Sengupta, Rashmi Verma and Heli Shah (2019). Nigeria: Improving the State of Sanitation. Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi.

Rashmi Verma, Sushmita Sengupta and Srishti Anand (2020). Toolkit: Managing Faecal Sludge in Rural Areas. Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi.

Book chaters:
Surendra Suthar, Rashmi Verma, Rita Gusain, Rubia Gaur, Bhawna Pandey, Vineet Singh (2016). Application of duckweed based bioreactors in wastewater treatment and pollution abatement. Water Resources: Management and Treatment Technologies, 120-134.

Sushmita Sengupta and Rashmi Verma (2016). Ganga Mission-Floating on glorious paperwork. State of India’s Environment (Down to Earth Annual Publication), 172-184.

Sushmita Sengupta and Rashmi Verma (2017). Technology – A Mindless chase. State of India’s Environment (Down to Earth Annual Publication), 98-101.

Research Publications:
Rashmi Verma, Surendra Suthar (2014). Synchronized urban wastewater treatment and biomass production using duckweed Lemna gibba L. Ecological Engineering 64, 337-343. Rashmi Verma, Surendra Suthar (2015). Impact of density loads on performance of duckweed bioreactor: A potential system for synchronized wastewater treatment and energy biomass production. Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy 34, 1596-1604.

Rashmi Verma, Surendra Suthar (2015). Utility of duckweeds as source of biomass energy: a review. BioEnergy Research 8, 1589-1597.

Surendra Suthar, Rashmi Verma, Shikhar Deep, Kapil Sharma (2015). Optimization of conditions (pH and temperature) for Lemna gibba production using fuzzy model coupled with Mamdani’s method. Ecological Engineering 83, 452-455.

Surendra Suthar and Rashmi Verma (2018). Production of Chlorella vulgaris under varying nutrient and abiotic conditions: A potential microalga for bioenergy feedstock. Process Safety and Environmental Protection 113, 141-148.

Rashmi Verma, Surendra Suthar (2018). Performance assessment of horizontal and vertical surface flow constructed wetland system in wastewater treatment using multivariate principal component analysis. Ecological Engineering 64, 337-343.

Opinion Pieces:
Rashmi Verma. (2020). Role of Science, Technology and Innovation in addressing Climate Change. Science Policy Forum.