Chandani BhandariMS - Human Ecology


Chandani Bhandari is a master’s student in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her interest area is of the well-being of children with developmental disabilities.

Before joining UW–Madison, Chandani was a fellow at Azim Premji Foundation in India. Her work focus was to improve children’s learning levels by focusing on building key stakeholders’ professional capacities, i.e., teachers, head-teachers, and functionaries through policy advocacy, workshops, and seminars. She also worked in PRADAN, a non-profit organization in India, to build indigenous women institutions and enhance their livelihood skills.

Education and Relevant Experience

Chandani also earned a master’s degree in Land and Water Resources Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology–Kharagpur and a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from G B Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, India. After working in non-profit organizations, Chandani developed a love and interest in Human Ecology and then decided to pursue another master’s in Human Ecology.

Awards and Recognitions

Vice-Chancellor Silver medal for excellence in undergraduate studies | 2014

Foundation for excellence fellowship at GB Pant university | 2010-2014

Selected Publications

Bhandari, C. (2017). Small changes on the road to development. News Reach Jan-Feb, 2018, PRADAN. pp.15-22. (

Bhandari, C. and Mailapalli, D.R. (2016). Agro-hydrological Evaluation of Farm Ponds for Socio-economic Development of Farmers of West Bengal, India. In: 50th Annual Convention and Symposium of the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE), OUAT, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. ISAE-2016/SWE/HWM-22, pp. 216. (Poster).

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant, CSCS 460, Civil Society and Community Leadership

Degree Program

  • MS in Human Ecology