Executive Director

Ashwini Chhatre
Professor Ashwini Chhatre serves on the faculty at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He has an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Delhi and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University. In between, he spent 11 years working with local communities and social movements on democratic governance of natural resources in India. He was the Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Fellow in Sustainability Science at Harvard University during 2006-07, and has been serving as a faculty member in the Department of Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 2007. His research investigates the intersections of democracy with environment and development, with a more recent focus on rural livelihood dynamics in rainfed systems across different agro-ecological and socio-political contexts. He has co-authored one book and published articles in Science, PNAS, Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Conservation Biology, Journal of Peasant Studies, World Development, and other journals. A background in Economics, graduate training in Political Science and longstanding engagement with scholarship in Geography, Anthropology, Conservation Biology, Landscape Ecology, and Environmental History ensure that his interests will never be confined to a single discipline!