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Dr Shalini Sharma

Assistant Professor , Guwahati campus

Chairperson - Centre for Ecology, Environment and Sustainable Development, School of Social Sciences and Humanities

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.

  1. “Motherhood vis-a-vis Reproductive Choice: Voices of Women from Guwahati, Assam”, Meenakshi Bujarbaruah, M.Phil Thesis, 2015
  2. “The Divine Dilemma of Garos: Ongoing Religious Conversion and Environmental Heritage in West and South Garo Hills”, Meghalaya, Ankita Ranjan, MA (EESD), Awarded Best Dissertation, 2016.
  3. “Living On The Edge: Vanishing and Vulnerable Islands of Sunderbans, West Bengal”, Aparupa Datta, MA (EESD), Nominated for Best Dissertation Award, 2016
  4. “Tribunalisation of Environment: Case of the National Green Tribunal, Southern Zonal Bench, Chennai in India”, Mamatha R. Prasad, MA(EESD), Nominated for Best Dissertation Award, 2016.
  5. “Tribunal On Trial: Case of the National Green Tribunal, Central Zonal Bench, Bhopal in India”, Akshay Jain, MA(EESD), 2016
  6. “The ‘Traditional’ in Parallel Parallel Resource Governance Systems, Garo Hills, Meghalaya”, Eric Kevin Dkhar, MA (EESD), 2016
  7. “The Concerns and Challenges of Coal Mining As Livelihood: Case of Meghalaya”, Lynti, MSW(CODP), 2016.
  8. “Climate Change Discourse in Assam”, Rashmi Dutta, MA(EESD), Nominated for Best Dissertation Award, 2015
  9. “Turbines of Trouble: A Study of ONGC Wind Energy Project Under the CDM in State of Gujarat”, Siddhartha Dabhi, MA (EESD), Nominated for Best Dissertation Award, 2015
  10. “Agricultural Land-use Changes: Socio-ecological Impacts. Case of Khuangnung and Khominthang villages in Churachandpur, Manipur”, Khamhanhang, MA(EESD), 2015
  11. “The Relationship Between Forests and Simte Tribe (Churachandpur, Manipur): A Socio-Ecological Perspective”, T LamkholunSymte, MA(EESD), 2015
  12. “The Boros Relationship With The Manas National Park”, Silas Basumatary, MA(EESD), 2015
  13. “Living with the Cement Factory in My Neighbourhood: The Case of the Star Cement Factory in Sonapur, Assam”, Aaquib Zaved Majumdar, MA(EESD), 2015
  14. “Community Perception on Climate Change: A Micro Level Study on Climate Change in Southern Rajasthan”, Kritesh Kumar Ghusar, MA(EESD), 2015
  15. “The (Im)Possibility of Gender Sensitive Media: Women Journalists Speak. Case of the Gujarat Print Media”, Neelam Gangwani, MSW(CODP), 2015
  16. “Voices of Women on Workplace Discrimination and Harassment: The Case of Assamese Print Media”, Ashmita Bhattacharjee, MSW(CODP), 2015
  17. “The Gender Dynamics Within The Tibetan Muslim Community”, Migma Lhamu Lama, MSW(CODP), 2016 

 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. 

MA Courses:

  1. Ecology and Environment: Social Science Perspectives
  2. Ethnoecology and Common Property Resources
  3. Population, Migration and Environment
  4. Gender, Environment and Sustainable Development
  5. Development: Concepts, Theories, Dimensions and Strategies
  6. Sustainable Development
  7. Disasters and Development
  8. Social Action, Advocacy and Social Movements
  9. Law, Society and Development
  10. Development Communications
  11. Memory, History and Conflict
  12. Field Research Methods

 MPhil/PhD courses:

  1.  Approaches to Qualitative Research Methods
  2.  Memory, Identity and Social Change

 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 


Email: shalini.sharma[at]tiss[dot]edu

Also: shalini.workspace@gmail.com 

Blog: Nutshell

Twitter: @nutshal