, Guwahati campus
B.A. (University of Delhi)M.A. (University of Delhi),Ph.D. (University of London)
Dr. Sharma is a social scientist with core interests in environmental and cultural studies and community development. She chairs the Centre for Ecology, Environment and Sustainable Development at TISS Guwahati Campus. She is also actively involved with the Centre for Community Organization and Development Practice.
She is also a visiting fellow at UNESCO C2C World Natural Heritage Management and Training for Asia-Pacific Region, at WII.
She was a Felix PhD Research Scholar (Development Studies) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her doctoral research examined the relationship between the New Social Movements and Media in India, particularly taking the case of the Justice for Bhopal Movement. At SOAS, London she convened the BA options course on Land, Natural Resources, Environmental Change and Development during 2011-13.
Prior to this, she worked with the Centre for Media Studies (Delhi) and with the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal. She is a trustee of the Remember Bhopal Museum which she helped set up as an oral historian and researcher.
Dr. Sharma is interested in interdisciplinary inquiry into human-environment/nature-culture relations, climate change, media, memory and heritage studies (with an emphasis on natural & mixed heritage landscapes), and gender relations. Broadly, her research interests are located within environmental and cultural studies, urban/political ecology, and where possible extending research to creative/pedagogical spaces.
During 2013-16, she has supervised following MPhil and MA Dissertations.
Journal Articles/Book Chapters
Indian Media and the Struggle for Justice in Bhopal, in Social Justice, International Refereed Journal, Special issue: Bhopal and After: The Chemical Industry as Toxic Capital, Vol. 41, Nos. 1-2, Issues- 135-136, pp. 146-168, 2014.
Remembering Bhopal: Voices of Survivors, co-authored with R. Lakshmi, in Social Justice, International Refereed Journal, Special issue: Bhopal and After: The Chemical Industry as Toxic Capital, Vol. 41, Nos.1-2, Issues- 135-136, pp. 28-37, 2014.
The Politics of Remembering Bhopal, in P. Davis, I. Convery and G. Corsane eds. Heritage Matters Series: ‘Displaced Heritage: Dealing with Disaster and Suffering’, Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, UK, 18 Dec 2014, pp.107-120, ISBN-13: 97 -818 -438 -396- 37
Politics of Body Spectacle: Old Movements creating new(s) stories, in S. Batabyal eds. Environment, Politics and Activism: The Role of Media, Routledge, 15 May 2014, ISBN-13: 978-1138795631, ISBN10: 113-879-563-1
The Bhopal Disaster and its Aftermath: Conflict over Safe Water, Environment and Justice, in K.J. Joy, S. Paranjape and S. Bhagat eds. Conflicts around Domestic Water and Sanitation in India: Cases, Issues and Prospects, Pune: WaterAid India and Forum for Policy, 15 Jan 2014, pp. 1-18.
For the People, By the People, in A. Ballal, Jan af Geijerstam eds. Bhopal 2011: Landscapes of Memory. Published by SpaceMatters, India with Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), 2011, ISBN: 978-82-725-9121-1
Unsafe Environment, Chapter two: Right to Life and Health, Bhopal case study, in G. Wass eds. Corporate Activity and Human Rights in India, HRLN, 2011, pp. 61-66 ISBN: 818-97-4797-68
Representing Muslims as Intimidating Others, co-authored with M. Jha, in M. Jha and S. Sharma eds. In Opposition to Silence, New Delhi: Alternotes, 2009. ISBN: 978-81-908-9230-8
Visiting Fellow, UNESCO C2C World Natural Heritage Management and Training for Asia-Pacific Region, at WII. Research on mixed heritage landscapes in India, particularly Kailash Sacred Landscape and Pilgrim Routes.
Trustee-/Oral Historian & Researcher - the Remember Bhopal Museum
Researcher & Translator- Northeast Poetry Project: Compilation, Translation and Oral History', supported by TISS's Centre for Indian Languages in Higher Education. Some translations are available at Nutshell
Lead Member, TISS-GreenHub Digital Textbook Project - an experiment in producing curriculum relevant material co-curated by academics and community.
Member, Lead Team designing the 'Manas Landscape, Tiger and Bidoversity Interpretation Centre'- an upcoming project of Aaranyak at the at the Manas National Park and World Heritage Site.
Curriculum & Content Development
MHRD's e-Pathshala Project: Contributed modules on ‘Ecology, Environment and Society: Basic Concepts”, and 'Thinkers: Murray Bookchin' for a course in Ecology, Environment and Society in 2015.
Member of Core Team, Revision of MA (Ecology, Environment and Sustainable Development) Degree at TISS Guwahati in 2013. In addition to revising and elaborating existing courses, also developed a new course in Gender and Environment.
Member of Core Team, Revision of MSW (Community Organization and Development Practice) Degree at TISS Guwahati in 2014. In addition to revising and elaborating existing courses, also developed a new course in Development Communications
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