Dr. Luna Bharati

Research themes
  • Agriculture, land use, climate change
Research countries
  • Germany
  • Bangladesh
  • Burkina Faso
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Sri Lanka
  • Nepal
Additional Information:

Luna Bharati has 15 years of post-PhD. experience as a scientist and research program manager. She is currently a principal researcher and project manager at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). The key areas of her interests and expertise are in integrated and sustainable water resources management. She has also worked extensively in assessing climate change risks and impacts and planning adaptation strategies from large river basins to small mountain watersheds and farming systems. She is regularly asked to provide advice and recommendations for new investments and programs lead by donor agencies, INGOs and country governments. She has provided direct input into two national policies of the government of Nepal e.g.  Irrigation Master Plan and the Nepal Water Resources Strategy. Her work on Environmental Flows has also been incorporated into the Clean Ganga Mission from the Government of India.

Dr. Bharati is based at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn, Germany since August 2016 and is the IWMI country representative for Germany. She has worked in projects in North America, Europe, South Asia and West Africa.


Bharati, L., C. Rodgers, T. Erdenberger, M. Plotnikova, S. Shumilov, P. Vlek, and N. Martin.  2008.  Integration of Economic and Hydrologic Models: Exploring Conjuctive Irrigation Water Use Strategies in the Volta Basin.  Agricultural Water Management, 95   : 925-936   . Further Information


Bharati, L., C. Rodgers, S. Shumilov, M. Plotnikova and P. Vlek.  2007.  Integrated modeling of conjunctive use of surface and groundwater resources in a small scale irrigation system in the Volta Basin, Africa.  In: A. Schumann, M. Pahlow, J.J. Bogardi & P. van der Zaag (eds.): Reducing the Vulnerability of Societies Against Water Related Risks at the Basin Scale. (IWRM 2006, Bochum, Germany). IAHS- Red Book, IAHS Press.  

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Luna Bharati

Senior Researcher

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Department :
ZEF C: Department of Ecology and Natural Resources Management