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Sharachchandra Lele

Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Environment & Development, ATREE & Adjunct Faculty, IISER Pune

Sharad is an interdisciplinary environmental researcher, bridging the natural sciences, economics, and political science to understand the concepts of and pathways to environmentally sustainable and socially just development. He has worked on sustainable forest management and forest governance, forest hydrology and farmer linkages, land use change, watershed development, water governance, urban water management and pollution regulation, and sustainable consumption. This research has been published in a variety of interdisciplinary journals. Sharad has also co-authored a book on “Community-based Natural Resource Management in South Asia”, (Sage:2007), and edited “Democratising Forest Governance in India” (OUP: 2014) and “Rethinking Environmentalism: Linking Justice, Sustainability and Diversity” (MIT Press: 2018). Sharad’s articles are frequently featured in English, Kannada and Marathi newspapers. Sharad is also highly engaged in policy-related work, including serving on various committees of the central and state governments in India, and of the National Green Tribunal. Professionally, Sharad has been a Founder-Member and past President of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics, a Board Member of the International Society for Ecological Economics, Associate Editor of Ecological Economics, serves or has served on the editorial boards of several other journals, and is currently on the Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Land Programme, the Academic Council of Tata Institute for Social Sciences, and the Mentoring Initiative of the International Water Resources Association.

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