Dr. Nitin D. Rai

Fellow at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore, India

Profile: Nitin D. Rai is a Fellow at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore, India. He studies the impacts of conservation and development on communities and local resistance to state efforts. His research incorporates ecological science, history of landscape transformation, cultural ecology and local knowledge. For the past decade he has partnered with Soliga adivasis to study the politics of conservation in a protected area in South India. Since 2012 he has been working as part of an interdisciplinary team in the Banni grasslands of Kutch district where his research focuses on analyzing transformations arising out of state efforts to sedentarise pastoralists, facilitate industrialization and encourage tourism.

Recent publications

  • Lele, S., Pattanaik, M., Rai, N.D. (2010). NTFPs in India: Rhetoric and reality. in Wild Product Governance: Finding Policies that Work for Non-Timber Forest Products. Laird, S.A., McLain, R. and Wynberg, R.P. (Eds). London, Earthscan: pp.85-112.
  • Mandal, S., Rai, N.D. and Madegowda, C. (2010). Culture, conservation and co-management: Mapping Soliga stake in biodiversity conservation in Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary, India. In Sacred Natural Sites: Conservation of Nature and Culture. Verschuuren, B., Wild, R. McNeely, J., and Oviedo, G. (eds.) Earthscan. London.
  • Lele, S., Pattnaik, M. and Rai, N.D. (2009). NTFPs in India: Policies and Experiences. in Wild Product Governance: Finding Policies that Work for Non-Timber Forest Products. Eds. Laird, S.A., McLain, R. and Wynberg, R.P. (Eds). London, Earthscan.
  • Menon, A., Hinnewinkel, C., Garcia, C., Guillerme, S., Rai, N.D. and Krishnan, S. (2009). Competing Visions: Domestic Forests, Politics and Forest Policy in the Central Western Ghats of South India. Small-scale Forestry 8: 515-527.
  • Rai, N.D. (2007).The ecology of Income: can we have both fruit and forest?. In Making Conservation Work. Rangarajan, M. and Shahabuddin, G. (Eds). Permanent Black, New Delhi.

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