Ph.D. Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC Chapel Hill
MPH International Health, Boston University School of Public Health
B.A. International Relations, Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Email: vidyav(at)

Phone: 513-652-1521
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My background is in international relations, global health, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH), with field research experience in India, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Uganda, Niger, Haiti, and the United States. I am interested in understanding how community engagement and participation can improve the implementation of WaSH and environmental sustainability programs. I am currently researching community perceptions and impacts of “green” stormwater management interventions to prevent urban flooding in Chicago, and how the perceived value of urban preserved green spaces can inform education and outreach interventions. Previously, I studied the implementation of rural, community-led total sanitation (CLTS) programs around Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. I have also worked as a TB program evaluation specialist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in infectious diseases and community health research the Public Health Foundation of India.



  1. 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
  2. Venkataramanan V. (2017). “Review of Rural Sanitation Approaches.” Report for WaterAid, UNICEF, and Plan International. Chapel Hill, USA: The Water Institute at UNC. Available:
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Venkataramanan V. (2016). “CLTS Learning Series: Lessons from CLTS Implementation in Seven Countries.” Chapel Hill, USA: The Water Institute at UNC. Available:
  6. 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.
  7. 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.