Dhanya Bhaskar is in the School of Development at Azim Premji University and is deeply interested in teaching and researching sustainability from the ecological perspective.
Since 2006, Dhanya has been involved in interdisciplinary research on forest/ agricultural ecosystems and has done pioneering work on fig trees in human dominated landscapes of Southern Karnataka. Prior to joining APU, she had worked for three years as Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of Environmental Studies at University of Agricultural sciences, Raichur, Karnataka where she was actively involved in teaching, research and extension activities of the university. Dhanya is the recipient of Young Fellowship of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Junior and Senior Research Fellowships of the University Grants Commission. She has also been awarded Merit Scholarship of Government of Kerala for pre-degree, graduate and postgraduate studies.
PhD in Forest Ecology (Forest Research Institute, Dehradun)
PG Diploma in Environmental Law (National Law School of India University, Bangalore)
Masters in Environmental Science and Management (Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala)
B.Sc. in Biotechnology (University of Kerala)
Areas of Interest
Systems approaches to sustainability, forests and farming systems as social-ecological systems
Core courses: Ecology and Development in India, Methods of Social Research and Action
Elective courses: Sustainability: A social-ecological systems perspective , Sustainability in Planning and
Open course: The Amazing World of Bamboos
Nature conservation in urbanizing landscapes, urbanization and agriculture, urban solid waste
Publications and Writings
- Sheetal Patil, B. Dhanya, Raghvendra Vanjari and Seema Purushothaman (Forthcoming).
Urbanisation and new agro-ecologies: story of Bengaluru’s peripheries. Economic and Political
Weekly- Review of Environment and Development, 53 (41):71-77
- Kiran. K. R, Ravi. M. V, B, Dhanya, Janagoudar. B. S, Umesh, M. R and Narayanarao, K.
(2016). Do emissions from thermal power plants affect crop productivity? A study from the
vicinity of Bellary Thermal Power Station, Karnataka, India. Journal of Environmental Biology,
- B. Dhanya, Seema Purushothaman and Syam Viswanath (2016). Economic rationale of
traditional agroforestry systems: a case-study of Ficus trees in semiarid agroecosystems of
Karnataka, southern India. Forests, Trees and Livelihoods, 25:4, 267-281.
- B. Dhanya, Sathish B. N.,Viswanath, S., and Purushothaman, S. (2014). Ecosystem services of native trees: Experiences from two traditional agroforestry systems in Karnataka, South India. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services and Management 10:2, 101-111, DOI: 10.1080/21513732.2014.918057
- B, Dhanya, Viswanath, S., and Purushothaman, S. (2013). Crop yield reduction in Ficus agroforestry systems of Karnataka, Southern India: Perceptions and realities. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 37(6): 727-735. DOI. 10.1080/21683565.2012.757266
- B, Dhanya, Viswanath, S., and Purushothaman, S. (2013). Does litter fall from native trees support rainfed agriculture? : Analysis of Ficus trees in agroforestry systems of southern dry agroclimatic zone of Karnataka, southern India. Journal of Forestry Research, 24(2): 333-338. DOI: 10.1007/s11676-013-0357-6.
- B, Dhanya, Viswanath, S., and Purushothaman, S. (2013).Litter decomposition and nutrient dynamics of decomposing litter of Ficus benghalensis L. in traditional agroforestry systems of Karnataka, southern India. ISRN Forestry, Volume 2013 , 7 pages, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/524679
- B, Dhanya, Viswanath, S., and Purushothaman, S. (2012). Ficus trees in rainfed
agricultural systems of Karnataka, southern India: An analysis of
structure, benefits and farmers' perceptions. Journal of Tropical Agriculture, 50 (1-2): 59- 62
- Shanbhag, R. R., Jagadish M. R., B. Dhanya, and S. Viswanath (2010). Assessment of termite infestation in six industrially important bamboo species in semiarid tracts of Karnataka, India. Journal of Bamboo and Rattan, 9 (3&4):109-113.
- B, Dhanya, Viswanath, S., and Purushothaman, S. (2010). Sandal (Santalum album L.) conservation in southern India: A review of policies and their impacts. Journal of Tropical Agriculture 48 (1-2) : 1-10
- Viswanath, S., B, Dhanya, and Purushothaman, S. and Rathore, T. S. (2010). Financial viability of sandal (Santalum album) based agroforestry practices in Southern India. Indian Journal of Agroforestry. 12(2):14-22
- Viswanath, S., B, Dhanya and T.S. Rathore (2007). Domestication of Dendrocalamus brandisii in upland paddy fields in Coorg, Karnataka. Journal of Bamboo and Rattan. 6(3&4):215-222
- B, Dhanya, Viswanath, S., and Purushothaman, S. and B. Suneeta (2012).Microclimate modification byFicus trees in rainfed agroforestry systems of Mandya District , Karanataka
My Forest. 48(3):223-229.
- B, Dhanya, Viswanath, S., and Purushothaman, S. and B. Suneeta (2010). Ficus trees as components of rainfed agrarian systems in Mandya district of Karnataka. My Forest. 46(2):161-165.
- Viswanath, S., B, Dhanya and T.S. Rathore (2009). Domestication of Sandal (Santalum album L.) in India: Constraints and prospects. APA News-Asia Pacific Agroforestry Newsletter, FAO Regional Office for Asia and Pacific No. 34:9-12.
- Viswanath, S. and B, Dhanya (2007). Potential of Burma bamboo for integration with various farming systems in India. APA News-Asia Pacific Agroforestry Newsletter, FAO Regional Office for Asia and Pacific.No.30: 8-10.
- B, Dhanya (2013). Janithakasankethikavidya Indian krishiyidangalail. Samayam (Malayalam).5 (9): 25-28.
- S. Viswanath, B, Dhanya and Surinder Kumar (2017). Ficus trees in semiarid agro-ecosystems of
Karnataka: An analysis of ecological, economic and socio-cultural values. Technical Bulletin No.15.
Institute of Wood Science and Technology, Bangalore.
- B, Dhanya, Purushothaman, S. and Patil, S (2013). Rural Collectives for Livelihoods and Conservation: Lessons from Male Mahadeswara Hills, Karnataka. pp 109-133. In S. Purushothaman and R. Abraham (eds.), Livelihood Strategies in Southern India: Conservation and Poverty Reduction in Forest Fringes. Springer India.
Full papers in conference proceedings
- Kiran K. R., Ravi M. V., Dhanya B. and Narayanarao K. (2014). Fly ash: A second generation mineral or pollutant? Perspectives from agricultural sector: Proceedings of the National conference on beneficial use of fly ash in construction, industry and agriculture, May 23-24 2014, UAS, Raichur pp. 57-61.
- B, Dhanya, S. Viswanath& T. S. Rathore (2008). What ails sandal (Santalum album.L) conservation in India? - An analysis of policy and legal issues in sandal bioresource governance. In: P. Natarajan, K.V. Jayachandran and Arun Augustine (eds.) Proceedings of International Conference on Biodiversity Conservation and Management (BIOCAM 2008), Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, pp 382-388.
- B, Dhanya and Viswanath, S (2007). Policy and legal issues governing sandal conservation in Southern India: A comparative analysis. In: Gairola, S., Rathore, T.S., Joshi, G., Arun Kumar A. N. and Aggarwal, P. K. (eds), Proceedings of the National Seminar on Conservation, Improvement, Cultivation and Management of Sandal, Institute of Wood Science and Technology, Bangalore. pp 207-219.
- Viswanath, S., B, Dhanya and T.S. Rathore (2007). Financial viability of sandalwood (Santalum album L.) cultivation practices. In: Gairola, S., Rathore, T.S., Joshi, G., Arun Kumar A. N. and Aggarwal, P. K. (eds), Proceedings of the National Seminar on Conservation, Improvement, Cultivation and Management of Sandal, Institute of Wood Science and Technology, Bangalore. pp 158-164.
- B, Dhanya and Purushothaman, S. (2005). Assessing the role of self-help groups in ensuring conservation linked livelihoods in M.M. Hills, Karnataka. Proceedings of Fourth Biennial Conference of Indian Society of Ecological Economics, IGIDR, Mumbai, June 3-5, 2005. Available at : http://www.ecoinsee.org/T.%20S.%20V%20A/dhanya_assessing.pdf