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My research explores the intersection between environmental governance, rural development, and democratic politics in rural India. At present, I am an Assistant Professor (Biträdande Universitetslektor) in the Department of Urban and Rural Development at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala.
Currently, I am involved in two funded projects:
“Institutional networks and self-organized adaptation: Tracing the democratic architectures of climate response” funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet), 2019-2021 (5.6 million Swedish Kronor, €560,000) as project lead (with Forrest Fleischman, Dil Khatri, and Ashwini Chhatre)
"Impacts of Afforestation on Sustainable Rural Livelihoods in India" funded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), USA, 2017-20 ($750,000) as co-investigator (project led by PI Forrest Fleischman, University of Minnesota)
Previously, I was a New Generation Network (NGN) Fellow at the Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne (2016-2017) and a Research Fellow in Public Policy at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad (2015-2016). During this time, I worked with the Revitalizing Rainfed Agricultural Network (RRA) on a large research program examining public support systems for rainfed livelihoods in several central Indian states. I was also involved in the Sentinel Landscapes research project, a global multi-collaborator effort studying forest governance, rural production systems, and multiple dimensions of human well-being, led by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).
I completed my PhD in the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in December 2014.
For more information, see details of my research here on Weebly.
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