Ritika was born and brought up in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh. She completed her graduation in Chemistry from Jamia Millia Islamia University. Following her interest to study beyond her discipline, she opted for an interdisciplinary course in the domain of environmental studies. Her postgraduate degree is in Ecology and Environment Studies from Nalanda International University, Rajgir. As she got familiar with the myriad dimensions of the environment and found her niche in urban studies, she attempted to study the urbanisation and water economies of Bodh Gaya, a small town in Bihar.
Ritika wants to explore the urbanisation of small towns of India that remain under-studied in urban literature. Her research interests also include water, sanitation, and sustainability.