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Anwesha Dutta

Post-doctoral Researcher

Political Ecologist using ethnographic methods,focusing on environment, notably ecology approaches to forestry, wildlife conservation and resource extraction

Anwesha has a PhD in Conflict and Development Studies from Ghent University, Belgium. Her PhD research focused on political ecology of resource extraction, conservation and livelihoods in the reserved forests on the India-Bhutan borderlands in Assam, Northeast India. During her doctoral research she explored the intersection between ethnic conflict and environmental politics by focusing on issues of (il)legal timber trade, access to forest land and resources and local indigenous politics.  

She has been a visiting researcher at the Dept. of Anthropology at Yale University, U.S.A, the Dept. of Anthropology, Aarhus University, Denmark and Dept. of Humanities, La Trobe University, Australia

She has a Masters in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India with a specialization in caste and tribe studies. She has done extensive fieldwork across rural India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Jharkhand and Assam) on issues of rural livelihoods, indigenous rights and social movements. She also worked with the Government of Gujarat at the Department of Rural development, as a researcher with Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi and a security analyst with International SOS.

She is currently a postdoctoral researcher (tenure track) at CMI and is working on a USAID funded project called Targeting Natural Resource Corruption (TNRC) and a NFR project on artisanal riverbed sand mining on the Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna basin. She has also carried out a side project in the Kaziranga National Park in India focusing on forest rangers and park-people relationship. She is interested in issues of  natural resource extraction and governance,  forest and wildlife conservation and climate change, specifically in the South Asian context.

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