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Sadhana Manthapuri

Ph.D. candidate, Planning, Governance, and Globalization (PGG)

Sadhana Manthapuri is pursuing her Ph.D. degree in PGG-UEDP Stream. Before joining Virginia Tech, she had two years of work experience in assisting the state government of Telangana, India to frame and implement various sustainable urban development policies.

She had completed her master’s degree with a specialization in regional planning in 2019 from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. During this period, she had researched in understanding the dynamics of cultural economics in India. She had also worked on sustainable development of the Andaman Islands, which is home to indigenous tribes.

Research Interests

  • Local economic development
  • Climate change
  • Transit justice.


  • “Simulation of a Geo-Spatial Model through Networking Various Tourism Nodes of Andhra Pradesh – A case Study of Vijayawada” in GIS INDIA, in January 2016.
  • “Role of Solid Waste Landfill Site in Solid Waste Management at Regional Scale” of India (NCHF) Bulletin, September-October 2018.
  • “Rethinking the dimensions and approach of Circular Economy from the perspective of developing countries,” ISO95, November 2020.