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Vidya Venkataramanan, MPH PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D. Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC Chapel Hill
MPH International Health Boston University School of Public Health


  • Ph.D. Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC Chapel Hill
  • MPH International Health, Boston University School of Public Health
  • BA  International Relations, Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests

I am interested in understanding how community engagement and participation can improve the implementation of water sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) and environmental sustainability programs. I use qualitative and quantitative methods, particularly drawing on tools from policy and implementation research.

Current research:

  • Understanding community perceptions and impacts of “green” stormwater management interventions to prevent urban flooding in Chicago.
  • Understanding perceived value of urban, preserved green spaces to inform education and outreach interventions for urban conservation programs.

Prior research:

  • Characterizing the implementation of rural, community-led total sanitation (CLTS) programs around Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.

Professional Appointments

  • 2017-Present - Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology and Center for Water Research, Northwestern University, Evanston IL
  • 2010-2012 - Consultant-Infectious Diseases, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, India
  • 2008-2010 - Program Evaluation Specialist, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta GA

Selected Publications

  • Venkataramanan V, Crocker J, Karon AJ, Bartram J. (2018). “Community-led total sanitation: a systematic review of evidence and its quality.” Environmental Health Perspectives. DOI:10.1289/EHP1965
  • Venkataramanan V. (2017). “Review of Rural Sanitation Approaches.” Report for WaterAid, UNICEF, and Plan International. Chapel Hill, USA: The Water Institute at UNC. Available:
  • Kakkar M, Chaturvedi S, Saxena VK, Dhole TN, Kumar A, Rogawski ET, Abbas S, Venkataramanan V, Chatterjee P. (2017). “Identifying sources, pathways and risk drivers in ecosystems of Japanese Encephalitis in an epidemic-prone north Indian district.” PLoS One 12(5), e0175745.
  • Crocker J, Shields KF, Venkataramanan V, Saywell D, Bartram J. (2016). “Building capacity for water, sanitation, and hygiene programming: Training evaluation theory applied to CLTS management training in Kenya.” Social Science & Medicine, 166, 66–76.
  • Venkataramanan V. (2016). “CLTS Learning Series: Lessons from CLTS Implementation in Seven Countries.” Chapel Hill, USA: The Water Institute at UNC. Available:
  • Marrone M, Venkataramanan V, Goodman M, Hill AC, Jereb J, Mase SAR. (2013). "Surgical interventions for drug‐resistant tuberculosis: a systematic review and meta‐analysis." International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. 17(1):6‐16.
  • Kakkar M, Venkataramanan V, Krishnan S, Chauhan RS, Abbas SS (2012). Moving from Rabies Research to Rabies Control: Lessons from India. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 6(8): e1748.
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