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Sechindra Vallury

Sechindra Vallury

PhD Student, Sustainability, School of Sustainability

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


  • PhD Student, Sustainability, School of Sustainability
  • Instructor, 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)


  • MS, Natural Resources Management, TERI University, India, 2014
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Jawaharlal Nehru Technical University, 2010


Journal Articles

In Press

Bernstein, M. J., M. del Mar Mancha-Cisneros, M. Tyson, U. Brady, C. Rubinos, H. C. Shin, S. Vallury, S. Smith-Heisters, E. Ratajczyk and J. M. Anderies. Mapping Ostrom's Common-Pool Resource Systems Coding Handbook to the Coupled Infrastructure Systems Framework to enable comparative research. International Journal of the Commons



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.