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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Shubhi Sharma

Shubhi Sharma
Shubhi Sharma
Sociology School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Marx, Foucault, Governmentality, Dispossession, Adivasis, India, REDD+, Making of Environmental Subjects

PhD Title

Forest Conservation, Forest Dwelling People and Construction of Environmental Subjects Case of REDD+ and Adivasis in India

PhD Research

I aim to study the conservation-induced dispossession of forest tribes in India resulting from Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD+) project in India and its implications for the life and livelihoods of these tribes, also known as ‘Adivasis’. The cultures of Adivasis, their monetary income, their day to day lives, their dietary needs and employment opportunities are heavily dependent on forests. I draw from the work of Foucault on governmentality and employ a feminist understanding of it while placing it within the overarching framework of dispossession by drawing from works of Marx and Harvey. I use these works to aid my inquiry of whether REDD+, by building upon the past histories of dispossession and inequalities, disciplines Adivasis to a certain market conduct and creates ‘environmental subjects’. I incorporate the feminist lens to gain a deeper insight into the gendered processes of transformation of lives and livelihoods of Adivasis and the creation of ‘environmental subjects’. There is little sociological research available on the subject in India and it seems important to form a sociological understanding early on of the extent to which and how the programme transforms local communities. This study draws from three strands of literature common in Indian environmental research context i.e. dispossession, governmentality and gender, the object of analysis of which has been Protected Areas and Joint Forest Management so far to get an understanding of the rather new REDD+ projects in India. An ethnography would be conducted in Garo Hills district in the North-Eastern state of India- Meghalaya. 


Isabelle Darmon

Radhika Govinda


Sharma, S. (forthcoming, June 2017) Review of Liam Downey, (2015). Inequality, Democracy and the Environment, New York and London: NY Press. 336 pp. £21.99 (pbk). Conservation and Society. 15 (1).  

Teaching Experience

Tutor, 'Sustainable Development 2A' (SCIL08009), University of Edinburgh, 2017

Tutor, 'Sociology 1B' (SCIL08005), University of Edinburgh, 2017

Academic Qualifications

M.Sc. Biodiversity and Conservation, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi, India (2015)

B.Sc. Biotechnology, Banasthali Vidyapith, Rajasthan, India (2013)