Areas of Interest & Expertise
- Natural Resource Management and Governance
- Feminist Political Ecology
- 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.
Policy architecture for environmental governance
Emphasizes on the role of various policy tools and institutions for environmental governance.
Theories and Histories of Development
Histories and theories of development across contexts, tracing changes in the meaning of the practice of development.
Ecology and Development in India
The history and socio-economic impact of development interventions on ecological systems.
- Pandya, R. (2022). Micro-politics and the prospects for convivial conservation: Insights from the Corbett Tiger Reserve, India. Conservation & Society, 20(2), 146 – 155. https://conservationandsociety.org.in/article.asp?issn=0972 – 4923;year=2022;volume=20;issue=2;spage=146;epage=155;aulast=Pandya
- Pandya, R. (2022). An intersectional approach to neoliberal environmentality: Women’s engagement with ecotourism at Corbett Tiger Reserve, India. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. https://doi.org/10.1177/25148486221082469
- Pandya, R., Dev, H. S., Rai, N. D., & Fletcher, R. (2022). Rendering land touristifiable: (Eco)tourism and land use change. Tourism Geographies, 1 – 17. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616688.2022.2077425
- Kanagavel, A., R. Pandya, A. Prithvi, & R. Raghavan (2013). Multi-stakeholder perceptions of efficiency in biodiversity conservation at limited access forests of the southern Western Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 5(11), 4529 – 4536. http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/JoTT.o3439.4529 – 36
- Kanagavel, A., R. Pandya, C. Sinclair, A. Prithvi, & R. Raghavan. (2013). Community and conservation reserves in southern India: Status, challenges and opportunities. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 5(17), 5256 – 5265. http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/JoTT.o3541.5256 – 65
- Kanagavel, A., Joseph, S., Pandya, R., & Rajeev, R. (2013). Potential for community and conservation reserves in the Western Ghats, India. Asian Journal of Conservation Biology, 2(1), 61 – 68. http://www.ajcb.in/journals/full_papers_july_2013/7_AJCB-Vol2-No1-Kanagavel%20et%20al.pdf
- Promise and Performance: Ten Years of the Forest Rights Act in India: Citizens’ Report as part of Community Forest Rights-Learning and Advocacy (CFR-LA) process. (2016). Socio-Legal Information Centre. https://slic.org.in/uploads/2020/05-May/22-Fri/National_Promise%20and%20Performance%20Report.pdf