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Gokul Sampath, standing inside a green house, with a dark beard

Gokul Sampath

  • PhD student
  • 2023 -2024 Rasikbhai L. Meswani Fellow for Water Solutions
  • 2022 J-WAFS Travel Grantee
  • Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Gokul Sampath is a doctoral student in the International Development Group at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. His research broadly centers on understanding and overcoming barriers to safe and reliable water access for all in the developing world. Currently, Gokul’s work focuses on strategies to address exposure to dangerous drinking water contaminants in rural India, especially arsenic in groundwater.

Prior to coming to MIT, Gokul worked as a senior research associate at the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) running randomized evaluations to measure the effectiveness of programs to reduce groundwater consumption in drought prone areas of western India. Gokul completed a master's in Middle East, South Asian, and African studies at Columbia University, and a bachelor's degree at the University of California, Davis. 

J-WAFS-funded projects