Sharma’s research focuses on interactions between the biophysical and socioeconomic drivers that lead to vulnerability to climate change in the Upper Ganga Basin in the state of Uttarkhand, India. Her study will attempt to unravel the governance and institutional mesh to try and understand social networks and decision-making processes in order to facilitate adaptation interventions for the well-being of the mountain community in terms of sustainable livelihoods, gender equity, and resilience. Prior to joining the HI-AWARE PhD programme, she was a graduate exchange student at German-Indian Sustainability and Climate Change Dialogue, Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) at Freie Universität Berlin.
As a research intern at TERI-SRC, Bangalore, she developed an Agricultural Resilience Index with a systems perspective. Before that, she used to work as an engineering analyst at Infosys Technologies Ltd.