Qualifications: MA Social Work in Community Organisation and Development Practices, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (2015-17)
B.Tech Electronics and Communication Engineering, Government College of Engineering, Kannur (2004-2008)
At Dakshin, I work with fishing communities in Ganjam, Odisha to explore ways of strengthening their claims over coastal and marine commons. Prior to joining Dakshin, I worked on a community data project that aimed to create a proof-of-concept spatial data platform mapping the WASH infrastructure of an economically backward urban community. Over the years, I have become increasingly interested in research and advocacy on commons – be it digital, forest or coastal. My other areas of interest include gender and sexuality, mental health and the need for safe spaces, digital economy, labour movements and anarcho-communism. I am also an avid fan-fiction reader.
Venugopal, V. (2020). Commoning Practices – Towards becoming ‘in common. Dakshin Foundation.
Venugopal, V. (2020). The role of LEK in governing the commons – an overview. Dakshin Foundation.
Venugopal, V. (2020). The Shore Scene: The Heavy Toll of COVID-19 on India’s Fishers. The Bastion.
Jojan, A. and Venugopal, V. (2019). Biodiversity Act : Draft ABS Guidelines Helps Businesses By Diluting Sharing Of Benefits With Local Communities. Live Law.