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Amrita Neelakantan

PhD, Columbia University

As a conservation scientist, I coordinate the Network for Conserving Central India (NCCI) and provide expertise at the Center for Large Landscape Conservation (CLLC). My doctoral study was on post-resettlement impacts on food security and forest use around Kanha National Park. I’ve conducted fieldwork in three globally recognized biodiversity hotspots – studying frogs in the tropical Ecuadorian Andes, camera-trapping duikers in coastal forest in Kenya, rapid biodiversity assessments while working with local communities in the northern dry-deciduous forests in Madagascar. My work has also included setting-up monitoring protocols for high-altitude wetlands, advocating for Important Bird Areas across India. and teaching an elective on sustainability studies at National Institute of Fashion Technology (Delhi, India). I remain interested in community ecology, sustainable fashion and urban consumption. These days, I'm very interested in the roles of governance and agency in enabling conditions for more equitable and sustainable landscapes.

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