Research Staff

Anwesha Dutta

Post-doctoral Researcher

Current projects

Political scientist using ethnographic methods and focusing on natural resources and environment ,especially political economy and ecology approaches to forestry sector and extractive industries.

Dutta 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 and at the Dept. of Anthropology, Aarhus University, Denmark.

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 the USAID project called Targeting Natural Resource Corruption (TNRC). She is interested in issues of transboundary water (river) governance, natural resource extraction and forest conservation, specifically in the South Asian context.