Qualification: M.A. Social Work in Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati, 2018
B.A. Sociology, Presidency University, Kolkata, 2016
Profile: Ranjini developed an interest in rural livelihoods and governance of natural resources during her master’s program when she had the opportunity to intern in different organisations working with communities practising nature-based livelihoods. She gradually followed up on this interest and began working with Samaj Pragati Sahayog – a grassroots organisation working on water and livelihoods security in the Central Indian Tribal Belt. Here, she learned the many nuances of community organisation & development work, the fundamentals of institution building and collective action. Following this, Ranjini worked as the Advocacy Coordinator of the Transboundary Rivers of South Asia Project with Oxfam India. She was primarily responsible for anchoring a network of civil society organisations in the Sharda, Brahmaputra and Saralbhanga river basins to strengthen the early warning dissemination systems in these areas. Ranjini’s core area of interest is understanding institution building at the grassroots surrounding issues of natural resource governance, food security and sustainable rural livelihoods. Besides work, Ranjini takes a keen interest in photography, reading contemporary Indian poetry and travelling.
At Dakshin, she has just started working as the Projects Coordinator for the Sustainable Fisheries Programme.