Srinivas Chokkakula is a Ph D candidate at the Department of Geography, University of Washington, Seattle, USA. He is pursuing his doctoral research on interstate water disputes and democratization in India. He has his earlier degrees in civil engineering, environmental planning and geography. Before moving to US for doctoral studies, he worked in India for about ten years in the broad areas of development planning and environmental management in nonprofit settings. His research interests include local planning and governance in India, state-society relations, natural resource planning and development, and, disaster management.