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Sechindra Vallury

Sechindra Vallury

PhD, 2019, Sustainability, School of Sustainability

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502


  • PhD, 2019, Sustainability, School of Sustainability


The question driving my research is: how can we motivate people to engage in collective action to maintain and coproduce a shared resource? I use behavioral economics and political economy to examine this question. I explore this question specifically in irrigation systems because they are a great representation of modern day societies.

Teaching Assistant Experience

  • SOS 325 - Economics of Sustainability
  • SOS 321 - Policy and Governance in Sustainable Systems

Research Assistant Experience

  • Resilience of infrastructure systems with Dr. Marco Janssen

Spoken Languages:
Telugu (native), Hindi (native)


  • PhD, Sustainability, Arizona State University, 2019
  • MS, Natural Resources Management, TERI University, India, 2014
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Jawaharlal Nehru Technical University, 2010


Journal Articles


Bernstein, M. J., M. del Mar Mancha-Cisneros, M. Tyson, U. Brady, C. Rubinos, H. C. Shin, S. Vallury, S. Smith-Heisters and E. Ratajczyk. 2019. Mapping Ostrom's common-pool resource systems coding handbook to the coupled infrastructure systems framework to enable comparative research. International Journal of the Commons 13(1):528-552. DOI: 10.18352/ijc.904. (link )

Janssen, M. A., J. M. Anderies, A. Baeza-Castro, H. L. Breetz, T. Jasinski, H. C. Shin and S. Vallury. 2019. Highways as coupled infrastructure systems: An integrated approach to address sustainability challenges. Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure DOI: 10.1080/23789689.2019.1708181. (link )



Bernstein, M. J., U. Brady, M. del Mar Mancha-Cisneros, E. Ratajczyk, M. Tyson, C. Rubinos, H. C. Shin, S. Smith-Heisters and S. Vallury. 2017. Found in translation: Dialogues between coding variables and frameworks in studies of common-pool resources. Presentation at the Practicing the Commons: XVI Biennial International Association for the Study of the Commons Conference, July 10-14, 2017, Utrecht, The Netherlands.