Ashwini Chhatre

Associate Professor, Economics and Public Policy
Chair - IRB; Executive Director - BIPP

Email ashwini_chhatre@isb.edu

Website https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=5VNx4fAAAAAJ

Overview

Ashwini Chhatre is an interdisciplinary scholar with research interests broadly centred on the dynamic cross-scale interactions between governance, economic development, and environmental protection. Ashwini relocated to India from the US in 2014 to serve on the faculty at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He spent 13 years in the US, five of which were in Graduate School at Duke University, where he was awarded a Ph.D. in Political Science. Ashwini was the first Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Fellow in Sustainability Science at Harvard University in 2006-07, before joining the faculty in the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Between his BA in Economics from University of Delhi in 1990 and the start of PhD at Duke, Ashwini spent 11 years working in different parts of India, mostly as a community organizer and social activist working on issues related to natural resources like land, forests, and water. A background in Economics, graduate training in Political Science, and long-standing engagement with scholarship in Geography, Anthropology, Landscape Ecology, and Environmental History ensure that his research will never be confined to a single discipline! Ashwini’s main research interests lie in the study of the intersection of democracy with environment and development, with a focus on decentralized forest governance, climate change vulnerability and adaptation, and multifunctional agriculture. Over the last 20 years, the scope of this research projects have covered the entire spectrum from household-level to global analysis, and have continuously bridged research, policy, and practice. Ashwini was the founding Editor-in-Chief of World Development Perspectives during 2016-19, served as the Senior Editor of Conservation Letters during 2009-2014, and his research has been published as one book and several articles in Science, PNAS, and other leading journals. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Bharti Institute of Public Policy at the Indian School of Business while serving on its faculty as an Associate Professor of Public Policy.

Grants

Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, and Dutch Research Council (NWO) - Bright spots of climate-smart agriculture: Learning from high-performing farming systems

Experience

Academic

  • 2019 - Present: Chair-IRB, Indian School of Business
  • 2017 - Present: Executive Director, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, Indian School of Business
  • 2017 - Present: Associate Professor of Public Policy, Indian School of Business
  • 2015 - Present: Adjunct Professor,Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2017 - 2019: Executive Director, Digital Identity Research Initiative, Indian School of Business
  • 2014 - 2017: Senior Research Fellow and Visiting Professor, Indian School of Business
  • 2013 - 2015: Associate Professor,Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2011 - 2015: Affiliate Faculty, Program in Ecology,Evolution,and Conservation Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2009 - 2015: Faculty Fellow, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana
  • 2007 - 2013: Assistant Professor,Department of Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2010 - 2011: Associate Fellow,Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2006 - 2007: Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Fellow in Sustainability Science,Center for International Development, Kennedy School of Government,Harvard University

Professional

In the Media

January 4, 2023: Meet focussed on facets of public policy, road ahead opens, The Hindu.

December 22, 2022: ISB hosts meet on sustainable forest economy, The Hindu.

December 13, 2022: MoA&FW to collaborate with ISB-led consortium in agriculture-nutrition, Plunge Daily.

December 4, 2022: ISB, Odisha Govt Ink Pact For Women’s Empowerment & Rural Prosperity, Pragati Vadi.

November 15, 2022: Forests of the future: A national economic opportunity., Forbes.

November 7, 2022: Can marketing wild produce rejuvenate India’s forests?, Ecobusiness.

October 20, 2022: ISB joins forces with AAK for a Sustainable Forest Economy., The Pioneer.

October 6, 2022: Phantom Forests: Why Ambitious Tree Planting Projects Are Failing, e360.yale.

September 26, 2022: The forest economy must be nurtured., The Hindu Business Line.

September 20, 2022: Indian School of Business's innovation, taking markets to remote villages to strengthen forest economy, Jagran.

September 17, 2022: From e-commerce to fuel, how forests can foster a carbon-neutral future., The Economic Times.

December 30, 2021: ISB, Jharkhand govt to work on boosting forest economy, Times of India.

October 21, 2020: Forests: A Profitable Restoration Mantra, Business Line.

September 29, 2020: Biodiversity Challenged in K'taka's Coffee Belts, The Economics Times.

September 29, 2020: Labour Shortage May Hit Biodiversity in Western Ghats: Study, The Tiimes of India.

September 27, 2020: Brew and biodiversity: Over to small coffee farmers, The New Indian EXpress.

September 25, 2020: Indian School of Business holds the first Open Data Conclave; keynote addresses by Durga Prasad Misra, India Education Diary.

August 26, 2020: Local comunities can help curb climate change:Study, Deccan Chronicle, Hyderabad.

August 26, 2020: 300 million world over can have their forests restored:Study, The Hindu, Hyderabad.

August 26, 2020: Empower local communities for extensive forest restoration and climate change mitigation: Study, News Chant.

August 26, 2020: Empower local communities for extensive forest restoration and climate change mitigation: Study, News Today.

August 26, 2020: Empower local communities for extensive forest restoration and climate change mitigation: Study, The Indian Express.

August 25, 2020: Empower local communities for extensive forest restoration and climate change mitigation: Study, The Indian Express.

August 25, 2020: ‘Empower local communities for effective & extensive forest restoration and climate change mitigation’ : Global Study, India Education Diary.

August 25, 2020: Restoring The World’s Forests Requires Partnering With Local Communities, Scienmag.

August 14, 2020: ISB Launches Web Portal On Economic Data, Deccan Chronicle.

August 8, 2020: BSchools want students to solve India's chronic problems, The Times of India.

June 11, 2020: Rebooting India, CNN News18.

June 1, 2020: Hitting Restart, The New Indian Express.

March 23, 2019: Omidyar Network: Doing good is the b, Fortune India.

August , 2019: Less Rice, Please! The Food Solution for Climate Resilience, ISBInsight.

November 12, 2018: Enrolment mostly covered, UIDAI to focus on updates, Hindustan Times.

November 1, 2018: An imaginary friend, The Indian Express.

October 6, 2018: ISB, Tenure Facility work with forest Communitiesto collect data, The Times of India.

July 16, 2018: Aadhaar Has Helped Indian Government To Save Rs. 90,000 Crore: UIDAI, Dazeinfo Briefs.

June , 2016: Impact of climatic conditions on GDP, ISB Insight.

July , 2016: Crop diversification to reduce exposure to climatic changes: Associated risks and mitigation strategies, ISB Insight.

July , 2016: Climate and society: Beyond general circulation models, ISB Insight.

July , 2015: Impact of motivational crowding in sustainable development interventions, ISB Insight.

July , 2014: Global drivers of the uneven expansion of renewable energy, ISB Insight.

Research & Publications