Sunayana Ganguly

Areas of Interest & Expertise

Environmental Governance, Environmental Ethics, Participatory Politics, Social Movements, Deliberation, Innovation, Sustainable Consumption


Sunayana Ganguly is a faculty with the School of Public policy and Governance. 

She received her PhD in Political Science from the Environmental Policy Research Centre Freie Universität Berlin. She has previously worked with the Industrial Ecology Group, University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and the German Development Institute (Bonn). Her work explores environmental governance, civil society, deliberative democracy and sustainable consumption with a focus on South Asia.

Publications and Writings


2015 Deliberating Environmental Policy in India: Participation and the role of advocacy. Routledge, UK.

Peer-reviewed Journals

  • 2018 Exploring middle class households tastes in Metro Manila and Bangalore” Implications for sustainable food consumption practices in Asian megacities” with Saloma Czarina and Marlyne Sahakian. Asian Journal of Social Science 46 (3), 304 – 329
  • 2017 Making sustainability palatable? Changing practices of middle class food consumption in Bangalore.” International Development Policy /​Revue internationale de politique de développement. Issue 8.2
  • 2017 Changing practices of water and waste management by new middle classes within gated communities in Bangalore.” with Dr Christine Lutringer.
    International Development Policy /​Revue internationale de politique de développement. Issue 8.2

Book Chapters

2020 Civil Society and State Interaction in Environment Policy in India – A Historical Typology” in Eds K. Jörgensen and L.Ollier Environment Policy in India. Routledge, London (In Press)

Annotated Bibliography

2017 India and the Environment.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Environmental Science. Ed. Ellen Wohl. New York: Oxford University Press

Policy and Academic Reports

  • 2020 The Monsoon Lattice — Empowering Women, Ecologies, Economies” submitted to EnteKochi with the Flying Elephant Studio
  • 2017 – 19 Institutions and Public Trust” with Asha Venugopal in Society and Politics between Elections. Reports (13) by Lokniti- Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) and Azim Premji University (APU)
  • 2018 Plastic Pollution and Waste Policy Evolution in India – An Overview with reference to the Seven Reforms. Submitted to the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria
  • 2015 Model for sustainable agri-based socio-economic development for Dantewada” with Badave, A; Ganguly, S; Kumar, D; Kumar J.S; Mallegowda, R; Naidu, P, Dikshit, S; Yadav, V. Report submitted to the District Commissioner, Dantewada, Chhattisgarh
  • 2009. Sustainability-oriented innovation systems: towards decoupling economic growth from environmental pressures?” with Andreas Stamm, Eva Dantas, Doris Fischer, Britta Rennkamp. Discussion Paper 202009, Bonn: Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik / German Development Institute
  • 2006. Participatory communication: A study in Lakshadweep. Earthcare Films Pvt. Limited and LEAD (UK)

Public Writing