(Updated June 2019)
September 2017 - present. Assistant Professor (Biträdande Universitetslektor) in Rural Development of the Global South. Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.
September 2016 - 2019. New Generation Network (NGN) Scholar, Australia India Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
September 2016 - August 2017. Associate Lecturer (Postdoc) in the Department of Social Inquiry at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.
January 2015 - August 2016. Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Public Policy at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - PhD in Geography (2010-2014)
Dissertation: Reframing citizenship by decentralizing development under India’s National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - MA in Geography (2008-2010).
Thesis: Protesting Conservation by Protecting the Environment: A case study from the Indian Himalayas.
Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri - Bachelor of Fine Arts summa cum laude (painting and photography) (2002-2006)
Fischer, Harry. Forthcoming. Policy innovations for pro-poor climate support: Social protection, small-scale infrastructure, and active citizenship under India’s MGNREGA. Climate and Development.
Fischer, Harry, and Syed Shoaib Ali. 2019. Reshaping the public domain: Decentralization, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), and trajectories of local democracy in rural India. World Development 120: 147-158.
Balls, Jonathan and Harry Fischer. 2019. Electricity-centered clientelism and the contradictions of private solar micro-grids in India. Annals of the American Association of Geographers 109(2): 465-475.
Fischer, Harry. 2017. Harnessing the state: social transformation, infrastructural development, and the changing governance of water systems in Himachal Pradesh, India. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 107(2): 480-489.
Fischer, Harry. 2016. Beyond participation and accountability: Theorizing representation in local democracy. World Development 86: 111–122.
Fischer, Harry and Ashwini Chhatre. 2016. Assets, livelihoods, and the ‘profile approach’ for analysis of differentiated social vulnerability in the context of climate change. Environment and Planning A 48(4): 789-807.
Fischer, Harry, N. L. Narasimha Reddy, and M.L Sanyasi Rao. 2016. Can more drought resistant crops promote more climate secure agriculture? Prospects and challenges of millet cultivation in Ananthapur, Andhra Pradesh. World Development Perspectives 2: 5-10.
Fischer, Harry and Ashwini Chhatre. 2013. Environmental Citizenship, Gender, and the Emergence of a New Conservation Politics. Geoforum 50: 10-19.
Persha, Lauren, Harry Fischer, Ashwini Chhatre, Arun Agrawal, Catherine Benson. 2010. Biodiversity conservation and livelihoods in human-dominated landscapes: Forest commons in South Asia. Biological Conservation 143(12): 2918-2925.
Publications in progress
Fischer, Harry, Ashwini Chhatre, Sripad Devalkar, and Milind Sohoni. Institutional access, democratic articulation, and self-organized adaptation to climate change.
Fischer, Harry. Decentralization, water infrastructure development, and the governance of climate adaptation.
Fischer, Harry, Ashwini Chhatre, Anja Gassner, Arun Agrawal. Institutional pathways to forest regeneration in forest commons. The paper analyzes the drivers of forest regeneration from a dataset of ~750 community forests across 23 countries.
Ali, Syed Shoaib and Harry Fischer. Accountability as social practice in local democracy.
Fischer, Harry. Toward a political ecology of citizenship: State and society in the governance of the commons.
Analysis in progress
Fischer, Harry, Ashwini Chhatre, Arun Agrawal, Anja Gassner. Institutional pathways to forest regeneration in forest commons. Analysis based on a combined dataset of ~750 community forests across 23 countries.
Fischer, Harry, and Ashwini Chhatre. Rural livelihoods and public support systems in rainfed regions of India. Analysis based on a primary data collection effort of ~4500 households with sites in 5 Indian states.
Selected Grants and Fellowships:
Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) (2019-2021): 5.6 million Swedish Kronor (€560,000) “Institutional networks and self-organized adaptation: Tracing the democratic architectures of climate response”. Lead investigator, with co-investigators Forrest Fleischman (U. of Minnesota), Ashwini Chhatre (Indian School of Business), Stephanie Leder (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and Dil Khatri (Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies, Kathmandu).
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), USA (2017-20): $750,000 ‘Impacts of Afforestation on Sustainable Rural Livelihoods in India’. Collaboration with Forrest Fleischman (PI, Texas A&M), Pushpendra Rana (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), Ashwini Chhatre (Indian School of Business), Burak Güneralp (Texas A&M), Claudia Rodriguez-Solorzano (Darthmouth), and Eric Coleman (Florida State).
Postdoctoral Fellowship, New Generation Network (NGN) Scholar, Australia India Institute, joint affiliation with the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, 2016-2019.
Research Fellow for the “Sentinel Landscapes” research project, a multi-collaborator effort to study joint human-environmental outcomes in several major forested landscapes around the world, led by Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), 2016.
Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India, 2014-16, to work with the Revitalizing Rainfed Agriculture Network.
University of Illinois Graduate College Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2013-2014.
National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (NSF-DDRI), 2011-2013.“Democracy and Adaptation Effects of India’s Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGA)”.
Fulbright-Nehru Research Fellowship, 2011-2012, for the project “Democracy and Equity in Water Access in the Indian Himalayas”.
Fulbright Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) to study Hindi.
Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Grad Scholar Research Grant, 2010-2011.“Entrepreneurship and Adaptation to Climate Change: A Case Study from the Indian Himalayas”. $4,000.
Fellow, Human Dimension of Environment Systems, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 2010-2011, 2009-2010.
Popular Articles and Other Media:
Fischer, Harry. 2017. Promoting India's panchayats as vanguards of local climate adaptation. Policy paper published as a part of the Australia India Institute’s series: A Very Short Policy Brief.
Fischer, Harry. 2017. Adapting to climate change: Transforming agricultural production in the middle Himalayas. Blog for the Australia India Institute.
Fischer, Harry. 2017. Common-pool water management in the Indian Himalayas. Podcast as part of La Trobe Asia’s ‘Asia Rising’ series.
Fischer, Harry, Ashwini Chhatre, Sripad Devalkar, Sriharitej Kolagani, and Milind Sohoni. 2016. From apple juice to garlic pickle: Climate change adaptation in the Himalayas. ISB Insight: The Flagship Journal of the Indian School of Business.
Fischer, Harry. 2007. Fear and oppression haunt the people of Myanmar. Des Moines Register, Oct. 29.
Fischer, Harry. 2007. Fear and trembling in Myanmar. Iowa City Press-Citizen, October 4.