Revati Pandya

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Natural Resource Management and Governance
  • Feminist Political Ecology
  • Intersectionality
  • Participatory Research Methods
  • Community Dynamics
  • Knowledge Production


Revati’s research and practice are in resource governance and community dynamics in India. She has worked in protected area and resource use contexts, examining questions of local engagement with resources, forest rights, conservation governance, and markets.

Her work is grounded in understanding contexts, identities, positionalities, and community dynamics in relation to structural processes. In this sense, she draws from intersectional feminist political ecology, particularly focusing on ways of being, seeing, and engaging with resource uses, cultures, and markets. She has used participatory methods (specifically arts-based) while working with communities.

She is interested in interdisciplinary collaborations with communities, practitioners, and researchers striving for equity and justice.

Revati draws upon her interdisciplinary academic training in her work and research. Her interest in human behaviour and natural resource conservation led her to her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad, and her Master’s degree in Sustainable Natural Resource Management from University for Peace (UPEACE), Costa Rica.

Her doctoral research was in political ecology of (eco)tourism and intersectional community dynamics at Corbett Tiger Reserve, Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands.

She has worked with community-based national and international organisations on conservation and community rights issues in India since 2011. 


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