Himanshu Upadhyaya

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • 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 (ISL)
  • Deaf Studies


Himanshu Upadhyaya’s doctoral research in Science Policy from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, 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 (ISL) as an educational mode for deaf students.



Chapters in Edited Books

Reports and Policy Briefs

Journal Articles


Magazine Article