Ecology, Equity and the Commons: The Case of Clean Air in Delhi
August 9 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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A talk by Professor Amita Baviskar, Professor of Sociology, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi
Professor Amita Baviskar is Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. After studying Economics and Sociology at the University of Delhi, she received her PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University. She has taught at the University of Delhi and has been a visiting scholar at several universities including Stanford, Cornell, Yale, SciencesPo, University of California at Berkeley and the University of Cape Town. Baviskar’s research focuses on the cultural politics of environment and development in rural and urban India. Her first book In the Belly of the River: Tribal Conflicts over Development in the Narmada Valley and other writings explore the themes of resource rights, popular resistance and discourses of environmentalism. Her recent publications include the edited books Elite and Everyman: The Cultural Politics of the Indian Middle Classes (with Raka Ray) and First Garden of the Republic: Nature on the President’s Estate. A recipient of the 2010 Infosys Prize for Social Sciences, Baviskar was also awarded the 2005 Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for Distinguished Contributions to Development Studies, and the 2008 VKRV Rao Prize for Social Science Research.