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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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sanitation Earth & Environmental Sciences
water Social Sciences
school Social Sciences
caste Social Sciences
gender Earth & Environmental Sciences
region Social Sciences
hygiene Social Sciences
irrigation Social Sciences

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Research Output 1996 2017

  • 12 Article
  • 2 Conference proceeding
  • 1 Other contribution
Open Access
Sustainable development
Decision making
International cooperation
Cost effectiveness

Development for Children, or Children for Development?: Examining Children's Participation in School-Led Total Sanitation Programmes

Joshi, D., Kooy, M. & van den Ouden, V. 5 Sep 2016 In : Development and Change. 47, 5, p. 1125-1145 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

children's rights
7 Citations

Framing hydropower as green energy: Assessing drivers, risks and tensions in the Eastern Himalayas

Ahlers, R., Budds, J., Joshi, D., Merme, V. & Zwarteveen, M. 15 Apr 2015 In : Earth System Dynamics. 6, 1, p. 195-204 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
climate change
development strategy
development project
1 Citations

Gender Change in the Globalization of Agriculture?

Joshi, D. 2015 In : Peace Review. 27, 2, p. 165-174 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

14 Citations

Hydropower, Anti-Politics, and the Opening of New Political Spaces in the Eastern Himalayas

Huber, A. & Joshi, D. 2015 In : World Development. 76, p. 13-25 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Activities 2010 2015

  • 15 Participation in conference

Tropical Agriculture as Last Frontier

Joshi, D. (Speaker)
28 Jan 201530 Jan 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

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

Joshi, D. (Speaker)
28 Jun 20151 Jul 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

Gendering a Sustainable Future: Water, Conflict and Climate Change

Joshi, D. (Speaker)
10 Jun 201411 Jun 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

First Framing Workshop on a Comprehensive Assessment of the HKH: Action to Sustain the Global Asset

Joshi, D. (Participant)
2 Sep 20133 Sep 2013

Activity: Participation in conference

Capturing Critical Institutionalism. The dynamics of natural resource governance workshop

Joshi, D. (Speaker)
18 Apr 201319 Apr 2013

Activity: Participation in conference