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AII Fellows’ Series: Denationalising Indian Environmental Issues

National histories, as is often the case, tend to reflect the parochial visions and grandiose territorial posturing of their governments. Environmental issues (think climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic), in contrast, reveal the fissures and poverty of such nationalist narratives. This presentation will offer new ways of thinking about ‘Indian’ environmental issues from a denationalised perspective, which focuses on fluidity, interaction, and movement of biota and humans through the waters and lands of the Indian Ocean world.

This webinar was chaired by AII Fellow Professor Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt.


Dr Haripriya (Priya) Rangan is affiliated with the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Melbourne, and a fellow of the Australia India Institute. Her research spans environmental history, political ecology of regional development and natural resource management in various parts of the Indian Ocean region, including South Africa, India and northwest Australia.