Trishant Simlai

University of Cambridge

I am a conservation geographer/sociologist. I currently work as a Post Doctoral Research Associate on the Smart Forests project investigating the socio-political transformations brought about by the use of digital technologies in environmental governance. My PhD research focussed on the impacts of conservation surveillance technologies on gender, caste and labour processes of communities around the Corbett Tiger Reserve in India. My research interests revolve around the rising discourse of conservation militarisation, conservation labour processes,  links between the illegal wildlife trade and armed conflicts, and conservation practice in violent environments. I use immersive ethnographic approaches using frameworks steeped in political ecology to explore these topics. I am also associated with on the ground resistance movements challenging traditional methods of conservation and environmental governance mainly through people's participation and the implementation of the Forest Rights Act in Uttarakhand.