Shiba Desor

Senior Research Assistant – ANET

Qualifications: M.Sc. Environmental Studies, TERI University, New Delhi, 2011

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Profile: I think that the stories of a place can tell us a lot about ourselves and how we interact with our environment.

I started my work with a focus on community based conservation and protected area governance with an environmental group called Kalpavriksh. This led to a few years of involvement in understanding the Forest Rights Act and a gradual interest in moving beyond policy towards understanding on-ground realities. I have also had a sustained connection with a women’s collective called Maati in the trans-himalayan landscape of Munsiari, Uttarakhand. After spending some time on documenting initiatives that focus on strengthening livelihoods with ecological considerations, my work has gradually transitioned towards agri-food systems with a persistent interest in history, ecology and community action.

As a part of Dakshin, I am working in the Middle Andamans with the Karen community collectively exploring livelihoods grounded in socio-ecological connections with the place. My research interests lie in the role of stories in fostering community connections, perception and action.

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