Ranasinghe, Padmi

PhD Fellow
Sri Lanka
Research Interests 

Climate change
Nature-based Solutions
water management
Urban planning & Public policy
Sustainable Development Goals
Geo -spatial analysis


MSc Environmental Science, The City University of New York
Master in Regional Development and Planning, University of Colombo

Biographical Statement 

Padmi Ranasinghe is currently pursuing her PhD in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington, USA and is a virtual PhD fellow at UNU-CRIS within the Nature Climate, and Health cluster, working closely together with Nidhi Nagabhatla. During her fellowship she will collaborate in research and projects in the fields of Nature-based solutions, climate change, water management, sustainable urban planning, resilient cities, environmental governance, disaster management and eco-system restoration.

She obtained a MSc degree in Environmental Science at the City University of New York-College of Staten Island (Thesis on Green infrastructure methods for urban stormwater management) and a second master's degree in Regional Development and Planning from the University of Colombo (Thesis on ecological connectivity for mitigate human- animal conflicts).

Padmi is a selected participant in the United Nations University (UNU-IAS), ProSPER.Net Leadership Programme-2022 on “Shifting to Net Zero: Implementation strategies for net-zero transitions”; “United Nations Global Sustainable Solutions Winter School 2022” by the UNU Climate Resilience Initiative; and Climate Academy-2021, “People’s Pathways to Climate Action, Nature-based Solutions and Urban Vulnerability” by the UNU-EHS and UNFCCC. She is also a Young Professional in “Space for Water” at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.