Adit Dsouza

Programme Associate – Conservation Crossroads

Qualifications: M.A. Social Anthropology, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) University of London (2018-19), B.A. Hons. Combined Humanities (History, Literature and Philosophy), Azim Premji University, (2015-18)

Email: aditdsouza@dakshin.org

Profile: A social anthropologist by training with a background in history, literature and philosophy, Adit’s work and interests largely revolve around conflict and violence in conservation. As an associate with the Conservation Crossroads Programme, he works on a project which examines the case of salt water crocodiles in the Andamans as an example of conflicts arising from conservation attempts of charismatic flagship species in an attempt to develop an intelligent decision support system for resolution of such cases using an agent based modelling approach. Relatedly, he carries out research on the philosophy of conservation, and hunting, wildlife films, media, and tourism. He works on both marine and terrestrial habitats at the intersection of multiple disciplinary insights including, but not limited to, political ecology, ecocriticism and environmental history. He also works with the fundraising team, which involves prospect research and developing proposals; and, was part of an institutional team which received an academic fellowship to study philanthropic support for the marine conservation and sustainability sector in India.