At present, Eshwer Kale is a Researcher at the Watershed Organisation Trust, India, and visiting faculty at Karve Institute of Social Service, India. Having previously engaged in climate change adaption projects, presently he is working on developing and promoting water stewardship approaches in drought-prone Indian states.
Eshwer has a Master's of Philosophy (MPhil) in Rural Development, where he studied social exclusion issues in watershed development projects in India, and submitted his PhD thesis on ‘Policy Analysis on Groundwater Governance’ to Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. He received the prestigious ‘National Child Rights Research Fellowship’ from the CRY (Child Right and You, India) where he explored the patterns of social exclusion of mentally impaired children.
He was associated with the SOPPECOM (Society for Promoting Participatory Eco-System Management, Pune) and Forum for Watershed Research and Policy Dialogue (ForWaRD) for three years, especially in various research projects on Natural Resources Management. Here he was part of a multidisciplinary research team that evaluated the impacts of watershed development projects on a large scale and undertook an extensive study of post-facto impacts of these projects.
Eshwer has various research papers, articles, and reports to his credit. Over the last 10 years, he has been involved with various grass root organisations, forums and networks working on water issues in Maharashtra. His areas of interest and expertise are in sustainable and equitable water management, participatory rural appraisal, research methodology, community mobilisation, institutional building, developing innovative tools for engaging communities, water governance, and policy analysis.