Previously, she has worked as a Junior Research Associate at the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), India. She was the principle investigator for the report on 'Collective Action for achieving water security' which highlighted the challenges associated with bringing different stakeholders together to act collectively towards sustainable management of water resources. Before joining CEEW, Sonali was working with Chatham House, London as the project consultant and India-lead for Sino-Indian Water Collaboration project.Sonali has done her graduation in Botany Hons from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University. She completed her masters in Environmental Impact Assessment and Management from University of Manchester, United Kingdom. Sonali holds a post graduate diploma in Environmental Law and management from Indian Law Institute, New Delhi, India. She has worked as editor trainee for IPR drafting and interned with Mont Riont Foundation, Alzheimer's Research Institute, Switzerland.
Sonali Mittra's work in the past few years has been dedicated to the nexus between energy-water security, specifically transboundary water management and diplomacy, hydropower, and environmental security.She has been the principal manager for ORF's flagship water initiatives. Sonali has coordinated and participated inmore than 5 major Track II Dialogues and conferences between India, Nepal, Bangladesh, China, Mekong countries and Pakistan on water-energy nexus. Her recent project: Attitudes Around Water delved into perceptional analysis of policy makers, academicians, media, lawyers and the hydrocracy with respect to myths and misconceptions regarding water management in India.She co-edited a book: Perspectives on Water - Constructing alternative narratives in 2012 published by academic foundation, delineating different case studies from South Asia to assess present socio-economic realities that surround water management. She has been a regular editorial contributor to the Energy News Monitor (Observer Research Foundation) on topics of hydropower and renewable energy. She has authored policy recommendation reports and academic papers on Ganga and Indus basin.Her recent and current research interests include: National water governance strategies, participatory approaches to water management, political sociology of water, water diplomacy, energy-water nexus and climate change.