Qualifications: M.A. Natural Resources & Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (2016-2018), B.E Information Technology, Osmania University, 2009
Profile: Growing up in the Andamans and living close to the rainforest and coastal ecosystems, I have always been fascinated by them. I gave up my career as a software engineer to be close to nature again and to work towards environmental sustainability. During my course with TISS, I became interested in studying human-nature interactions and socio-ecological systems. For my Master’s dissertation, I studied the resource dependence and factors influencing community’s perceptions towards Mahatma Gandhi marine national park in South Andaman. I am interested in analyzing the role of institutions in managing resources in the globalizing world. My other interests are birding, documenting biodiversity and environmental education.
At Dakshin, I work on an Integrated Health & Environment programme. It is a new programme which aims to initiate interventions to improve both community health and environmental health in the fishing communities of Odisha and Andamans. We want to empower the coastal communities, collaborate with community institutions and in the long-term engage with them in coastal and marine resource management.