Gokul Sampath

Doctoral Candidate

Gokul Sampath is a doctoral student in Environmental Policy and Planning. His research broadly centers on understanding and overcoming barriers to safe and reliable water access for everyone 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.