An innovative teacher, researcher, speaker, and author, Dr. Verma is a leading voice on global water issues. She lectures on water management and environmental science in the School of the Environment and Department of Geography at the University of Toronto. She is a Research Affiliate with the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre at Brock University. She is a founder of Water Speaks, an organization committed to advancing the voice of water through research, communication and action. Additionally, she is also the Co-Founder of Trans Africa Pipeline working to find solutions to provide clean water to the residents of the Sahel region in Africa. In 2012, she received the Aadhi Aabadi award in India as a “woman of substance who has done excellent work for society.”
Dr. Verma received her PhD degree from Delhi School of Economics in 1996, where she was a University Grants Commission fellow. As part of the Water Research Hub, she worked on monitoring and forecasting of hydrological parameters in the Mahanadi River basin. Her other research interests focus on developing multivariate regression models on the impact of weather variables on municipal water consumption. She has considerable experience in watershed management, source water protection and finding creative solutions to global water challenges.
As a water workshop facilitator, she is helping to create awareness and participation from people who are interested in being environmental changemakers. She has published multiple academic reports and articles and is currently working on her first book about global water issues, Deconstructing Water, due out in 2017.