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Ecological & Environmental Anthropology | Integrative Conservation (ICON)

Welcome to my website! I am an interdisciplinary PhD student in Integrative Conservation (ICON) at the Department of Anthropology, University of Georgia in Athens, GA, USA. For my doctoral research, I study how interspecies relationships can help in understanding environmental (in)justices. For my research, I work in the forests of Central India. My broad research interests are Environmental Anthropology, STS, Political Ecology of Biodiversity Conservation, Landscape Planning & Management, and Human-Animal Studies.

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Bio

I am Amit Kaushik; I am a Ph.D. Student in Integrative Conservation (ICON) and Anthropology at the Department of Anthropology, University of Georgia, USA. At UGA-Anthropology, I am part of the Community and Environment Lab. Previously, I worked with the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun from 2018-to 2021 and with the Centre of Urban Ecology & Sustainability at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University Delhi from 2016 to 2018.

I come from a small village, Nizampur, in Delhi, India. My village has been a great source of inspiration for me to work in the field of conservation & anthropology. I remember stories from my grandparents when they used to share stories of wild animals in my native village, including their encounter with the wolves in Delhi. Traveling between academic institutions and home on daily basis helped me think more about the ideas of ‘nature’ and ask, ‘what is wild, what is wilderness; what is urban/rural, and what is human/non-human.’ In my Ph.D. research, I continue to engage with these questions to further seek how to work across disciplines and do a collaborative more-than-human research!

Other than thinking, reading and writing, I also enjoy music-making, documentary filming, and yoga practicing.

PhD Student

2021 - present

Integrative Conservation (ICON) & Anthropology; Department of Anthropology, University of Georgia, USA.

M.A.

2014 - 2016

Environment & Development; School of Human Ecology, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University Delhi, India

B.Com (Honours)

2009 - 2012

Commerce; Department of Commerce, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, University of Delhi, India

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