Narendra’s Story

I am studying for a D.Phil in Geography and the Environment and my research attempts to understand the politics of environmental movements in India. I am interested in examining how nature-society relationship is articulated in the popular narratives of environmentalism- particularly through representing certain communities as ‘ecologically noble savages’, and the affect such articulations have on the politics of development. I will be focusing on the mining controversies in Eastern Ghats of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. [Read more]

Prior to this, I studied Water Science Policy and Management at Oxford and also have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science-Pilani India. I have also been associated with the non-governmental organizations and think tanks in India which focus on the questions of environment and development. This experience has made me curious about the complex political trajectories of environmental causes in Indian context.

I would like to pursue an academic career by developing my research ideas into worthwhile projects that will intellectually contribute to the debates around sustainable and socially- just development in India and other parts of the world. I believe D.Phil training at Oxford will help me realize this goal.