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Himanshu Upadhyaya

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Himanshu's doctoral research in Science Policy from Jawaharlal Nehru University looks at the symbiotic relationship between crop cultivation and cattle rearing in late colonial and post-colonial India. He has previously worked as an environmental activist and researcher. Since 2002, when he shifted from academic research to environmental activism and advocacy, he has studied social and ecological issues around large irrigation dams, hydropower and mining projects, ecological impacts and governance, public finance and accountability. He also has keen interest in pursuing scholarly studies in linguistic ecology, Indian Sign Language and Deaf studies.

Academic Qualifications

M. Phil. in Linguistics, CALTS, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
M. A. in Linguistics, CLE, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
M. A. in English Studies, North Gujarat University, Patan


Livestock development: Ecology and production systems; Ecology and development; Social intervention; Water: Resource history management and challenges; Introduction to Indian sign language and deaf studies

Areas of Interest

Pastoralism, Commons, History of Science and Technology, Environmental Policy and Governance, Environmental and Social Movements, Public Finance and Accountability, Environmental Auditing, Linguistics Ecology, Indian Sign Language, Deaf Studies

Research Interests

Ecological impacts of large dams, mining and hydropower projects; Displacement rehabilitation; Language standardization; History of milk cooperatives; Politics of alternatives

Publications and Writings

Peer-reviewed publications

  • In Press. To Crossbreed or to Select from Indigenous Stock, that was the Question, in a volume edited by Prof Deepak Kumar and Dr. Bipasha Raha, Cambridge University Press, New Delhi
  • In Press. Large Dams as 'Temples of Modern India': An Obituary to Technological and Political Dreams and Plea for Gandhian Ethics, in a volume edited by Prof Savyasachi, Routlege, New Delhi
  • 2015. Disempowering the Community: A Policy Brief on the Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulation) Amendment Ordinance and Bill, Oxfam India, New Delhi.
  • 2012. IFIS, Tourism and Accountability: Emerging Trends (How IFIs influence accountability of the state to its people), EQUATIONS, Bangalore.
  • 2010a. (co-authored with S. Parasuraman and Gomathy Balasubramanian) Sardar Sovar Project: The War of Attrition, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 45, No 5, pp. 39-48.
  • 2010b. Gandhi, Gujarati Spellings and Ideology of Standardization; Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 45, No 24, pp. 26-33.
  • 2010b. Livestock Economy in India: Policy Paper to integrate concerns of livestock holders from rainfed areas in NREGA, Rainfed Livestock Network, Anand.
  • 2008. Performance and Development Effectiveness of Sardar Sarovar (Narmada Dam) Project, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Book reviews

Himanshu Upadhyaya Faculty At Azim Premji University


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