Shalini Sharma

Fulbright Fellow

Fulbright Fellow, Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment. (C-PREE)

Area(s)

  • environmental social sciences- Cities
  • Climate and Culture. Media
  • memory and social movement studies

Biography

My work is located at the crossroads of environmental studies, cultural studies and urban studies. This includes my decade long engagement with the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal and the Remember Bhopal Museum (which I helped set up as oral historian/trustee). This is India's first oral history based museum which is also co-curated by the affected community; also the first to address environmental justice -- jointly depicting the story of the world's worst industrial disaster and one of the longest running environmental justice movements. 

I hold a PhD from SOAS in development studies, where as a Felix Scholar I studied relations between media, memory and env justice movements. My interests gradually expanded from industrial disasters and access to justice in urban contexts to risks and vulnerabilities of indiscriminate urbanisation in ecologically fragile, biodiverse regions.

My current research focuses on climate justice and urbanisation in India. Last year, as Commonwealth Rutherford Fellow at the University of East Anglia I worked on indigenous urbanism. As Fulbright Fellow at Princeton, I am now extending this work to climate justice and urban infrastructure (smart cities and infrastructural corridors). Broadly speaking, my research falls within two interconnected themes with clear international mandate and potential for collaborative projects: 1) Neoliberal urbanisation and climate justice 2) Environmental heritage, justice and citizenship. Methdologically, I incline towards multimodality and political ecology approach with participatory, inclusive dissemination. 

This builds on my previous work at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati (where majority students came from indigenous communities) and my ongoing role as a visiting fellow at the UNESCO C2C on World Natural Heritage Management and Training For Asia Pacific Region. As a feminist researcher and activist, I strive to intervene in the production and politics of knowledge, and remain committed to support communities I work with.