Apurva N S Duddu

Research Associate


Apurva holds a Masters degree in Natural Resources and Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and has been associated with ISB as a Research Associate (RA) since the last one year. She has been actively working on Forest related datasets and currently is a part of the Forest Governance team. She has played an instrumental role in- Setting up of Socio-Ecological Monitoring System, Project Monitoring System and CFR

Avijit Chatterjee

Project Specialist


Avijit holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce from Calcutta University. Before joining the Forest Governance team as a Project Specialist, he was associated with Vikalp Social Organisation where he worked with forest dependent Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dependent working people across Uttar Pradesh, parts of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. He has extensive experience in training communities in the process of claiming rights as per FRA, building awareness about FRA Rights, etc.

Divya Gupta

Sr. Research Fellow


Divya Gupta has worked extensively on natural resource governance issues for almost ten years. Her research is multi-disciplinary in nature and operates at the intersections of several fields within the human dimensions of natural resources.  These include forest policies and politics; collaborative forest governance across government agencies, NGOs, citizens, and industries; equitable resource distribution; sustainable development; and climate change discourse.
Divya got her Ph.D. in Environment and Natural Resources from the Ohio State University. Her undergraduate degree is in Botany and masters degree in Environmental Studies, both from University of Delhi.

Durga Satapathy

Project Specialist


Durga has completed her post-graduation from Institute of Rural Management Anand. Prior joining ISB, she has worked with National Dairy Development Board as a Deputy Manager; with Annapurna Microfinance Ltd. as a Corporate Social Responsibility manager; Odisha Police services; Centre for good governance Hyderabad, Panchayati department of Odisha. Her experiences are primarily in the domain of poverty alleviation, women and child development, and livelihood promotion. 

Hemanth Guthala

Research Associate


Hemanth Guthala holds a master’s degree in Quantitative Economics from Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi and Bachelors in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. He is currently working with the  Forest Governance team on the Project management tool and research on sustainability issues. Prior to this, he had worked as a consultant for Deloitte USI.

Nitisha Jaiswal

Project Associate


Nitisha is an experienced Project Associate with a demonstrated history of working organizations like Apple and Google. She has worked in different domains with skill sets spanning, General Management, Project Management, Customer Service and Microsoft Office. She has a degree in Aviation and Hospitality Industry. 

Ramya Krishna Poladi

Research Associate


Ramya Krishna Poladi is currently working as a Research Associate under Professor Ashwini Chattre at BIPP. Previously, she worked as a Research Associate under Professor Krishnamurthy Subramanian at ISB. She holds Masters  in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics and Masters in Statistics(Research) from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).She likes to travel and watch movies.

Roshani Bulkunde

Research Associate


Roshani graduated with a master's in Economics degree from Vanderbilt University in May 2020 and has undergraduate training in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering. At Vanderbilt University, she was awarded the James S. and Rosemary Worley Award in May 2019 and the Academic Excellence Award in May 2020. At ISB, she is working as a Research Associate in the Bharti Institute of Public Policy (BIPP) department under the ‘SLU’ GrantShe is working on a project "Institutional Networks and Self-Adaption"  under the supervision of Prof. Ashwini Chhatre, Prof. Harry Fischer, and Dr.Divya Gupta.

Prior to that, she was working as a Research Assistant at the Indian  Institute of Management Ahmedabad on the project “Lights out? COVID-19 containment policies and economic output”. She is passionate about development and public policy research. Her long-term objective is to build a career in Economics research, by obtaining a doctoral degree in Economics.

Sanjoy Mondal

Research Coordinator


Sanjoy completed his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Burdwan in 2009. Post completion he worked as an intern for the RRAN project. Currently, he is working as a Research Coordinator in the Forest Governance team. His job involves traveling to Madhya Pradesh (Dewas and Khandwa), Odisha(Malkangiri), West Bengal (Bankura), Maharashtra(Nashik), and Jharkhand (Chattarpur) for various data collection activities and GIS mapping of forest area. He has developed polygon of more than 130 forests across states and created a land-use map of 20 villages of West Bengal.

Surya Kandukuri

Sr Research Fellow


Surya Kandukuri is an engineer coupled with 7+ years of experience as a Data Consultant and Project Lead in the realm of Databases, Data Mining, Data Acquisition – scraping, APIs and Web Services, Data Visualization, Data Journalism, Statistical Modelling, Open Data, Government Partnerships and Relations. His key areas of work include implementation of Open Data Policy of IT E&C Department, Government of Telangana since its inception, various partnerships with government/quasi-government organizations, and private organizations. He is also an alumnus of ISB’s Advanced Management Program in Business Analytics (AMPBA). His research interests lie in Agriculture, Employment, History. He enjoys philosophy, photography, art, and music.

Vipul Bhave

Research Associate


Vipul graduated with a master’s degree in Forestry from Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. His broad research interest is in applications of Remote Sensing & GIS in Agriculture & Forestry, Climate Change & Forests, and Forest-based livelihoods. Prior to joining Forest Governance team, he worked with Rythu Sadhikara Samstha, Government of Andhra Pradesh as Young Professional with the project Climate Resilient Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF). He also has two post-Masters Diploma in Remote Sensing & GIS from Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun and in Rural Development Management from National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad

Yashashree Garge

Project Specialist


Yashashree has more than 3 years of experience that includes working as a science educator in the DST funded Science Express Climate Action Special, Project Officer at Centre for Environment Education, Ahmedabad and Project Fellow at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. She has completed her BSc (Hons.) Zoology, MSc Environmental Sciences and MPhil. Environmental Science and Sustainable Development. Her theses work includes quantification of carbon and provisioning ecosystem services in the Western Ghats and assessment of soil moisture estimation tool (STM2). She also completed certification courses in climate change and environmental law and policy as well as PgDiploma in Urban Environment Management and Law. She has joined Prof. Ashwini Chhatre in the Tenure Facility project as a Project Specialist to engage the corporate sector for endorsing CFR, prior to this she worked on ecological assessment of linear infrastructure to propose mitigation measures.