Anita is an interdisciplinary academic with a keen interest in exploring the realms of Science and Technology Studies (STS), science policy, Nature-based Solutions, sustainable agri-food system transitions, and urban agriculture. Anita has a PhD and an M.Phil in Science Policy Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
During her PhD, Anita explored policy perspectives and social media-based people’s movements pertaining to urban agriculture, adopting sustainability transitions perspectives. In her M.Phil, Anita focused on the intricate connections between technoscientific knowledge and mangrove conservation, where she also explored the delicate interplay between locally specific traditional farming systems and the conservation of mangrove ecosystems. Adding to her diverse academic background, Anita holds a Masters in Microbiology. Anita has extensive fieldwork experience across India, and she has passionately engaged in various projects spanning grassroots innovation, food security, urban sustainability, livelihood enhancement, and immunization economics. Anita is also keen to integrate her background in biological sciences and social sciences, to bring forth a multidimensional perspective in her teaching and research. Before joining Ashoka University, Anita worked as an adjunct/guest faculty at the School of Global Affairs, Dr. Ambedkar University Delhi, to teach urban agriculture course to Masters students. Beyond academia, Anita is passionate about traveling and bird photography.