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Deepa Joshi is a feminist political ecologist whose work analyses shifts in environmental policies and how these restructure contextually complex intersections of gender, poverty, class, ethnicity and identity. She has worked primarily in South Asia as well as in South East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America focusing on the incongruence of water supply/ sanitation, irrigation and water-energy policies with complex ground realities. Her published findings present ethnographic analyses of how the complexity of inequity is reiterated across institutions in the rules and processes of policy-making; in policies per se and in implementing institutions at scale. Deepa's interests lie in translating policy research outcomes and experience into gender and environment academic courses and local research and activist capacity initiatives. She has been leading these activities on several bilateral projects in South and South East Asia and Africa and she currently coordinates two longitudinal projects on the themes of environmental justice and climate change in the Eastern Himalayas and in the Eastern Gangetic Plains (India, Bangladesh and Nepal).

Area of Expertise:

  • Environmental justice
  • Feminist political ecology
  • Ethnicity, identity and democracy in relation to environmental governance
  • Neo-liberalization of food, water and energy
  • Water policy and institutional analysis: education and research capacity building

Research Interests

Exploring how water policies, institutions and strategies relate to ground realities of inequity, uncertainty and risks.

Vision Statement

Water’s fluidity defies the administrative and sectoral boundaries through which attempts are made to manage and govern it. Water is also more than the narrow developmental focus of its narrow “use” functions: people-water, nature-water interrelations are culturally-bound, socially and politically defined, shaped by history and continually reshaped by a spectrum of drivers at scale. I aim to integrate feminist perspectives, i.e. “the viewpoints from below” in political ecology analyses in an attempt to develop new ways of seeing, understanding and addressing water. This requires simultaneously assessing sectors, approaches, spaces and experiences in assessing how water is constructed politically, economically and socially as well as how space and identity are diversely co-constructed to claim “waters”.

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Research Output 1996 2019

4 Citations (Scopus)
14 Downloads (Pure)

Contesting Hydropower Dams in the Eastern Himalaya: The Cultural Politics of Identity, Territory and Self-Governance Institutions in Sikkim, India

Doma Dukpa, R., Joshi, D. & Boelens, R., 26 Feb 2019, In : Water (Switzerland). 11, 3, 23 p., 412.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
water power
collective action
1 Citation (Scopus)
12 Downloads (Pure)

Watered Down? Civil Society Organizations and Hydropower Development in the Darjeeling and Sikkim regions, Eastern Himalaya: A comparative study

Joshi, D., Platteeuw, J., Singh, J. & Teoh, J., 2019, In : Climate Policy . 19, sup1, p. S63-S77 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
civil society
climate policy
6 Citations (Scopus)
22 Downloads (Pure)

Flows of change: dynamic water rights and water access in peri-urban Kathmandu

Shrestha, A., Roth, D. & Joshi, D., 2018, In : Ecology and Society. 23, 2, 13 p., 42.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
water use
periurban area
power relations

Hydropower Conflicts in Sikkim: Recognising the Power of Citizen Initiatives for Socio-environmental Justice

Joshi, D. & Huber, A., 2018, Water Conflicts in Northeast India. Joy, K. J., Das, P. J., Chakraborty, G., Mahanta, C., Paranjape, S. & Vispute, S. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

6 Citations (Scopus)

Hydropower development and the meaning of place. Multi-ethnic hydropower struggles in Sikkim, India

Doma Dukpa, R., Joshi, D. & Boelens, R., Feb 2018, In : Geoforum. 89, p. 60-72 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

development project
national minority

Activities 2010 2015

  • 15 Participation in conference

Tropical Agriculture as Last Frontier

Deepa Joshi (Speaker)
28 Jan 201530 Jan 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Human Migration and the Environment: Futures, Politics, Invention Conference

Deepa Joshi (Speaker)
28 Jun 20151 Jul 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Gendering a Sustainable Future: Water, Conflict and Climate Change

Deepa Joshi (Speaker)
10 Jun 201411 Jun 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Capturing Critical Institutionalism. The dynamics of natural resource governance workshop

Deepa Joshi (Speaker)
18 Apr 201319 Apr 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference