Richa Joshi

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Institutional Change
  • Social Development
  • Political Economy
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Environmental History
  • Forestry
  • Qualitative Research Methods


My research interest lies in understanding the dynamic nature of institutional change processes and their consequences for the wellbeing of urban and rural communities. My doctoral research focused on the emerging practices of community-based forest management (CFM) and their implications on the wellbeing of forest dependent hill communities of Uttarakhand state, India. Drawing insights from the theories of collective action, political ecology and property rights scholarship in my research I show, conflicting interests and agendas of multiple institutions and actors shape the emerging processes and outcomes CFM in the hills. 

Currently I research urban resilience and sustainability at the climate change and sustainability center of the university. My research examines the impact of nature-based solutions on urban development, specifically focusing on the relationship between NBS and social justice. I am also involved in designing an online course for the managers and development practitioners. The aim of the course is to encourage the use of nature-based interventions to address climate change problems effectively. 

I received a PhD in Social Work from Washington University, and dual master’s degrees in Social work j and Sociology from Tata institute of Social Sciences and Delhi School of Economics respectively.