Dhanya Bhaskar


Dhanya Bhaskar

Faculty area: Ecosystem and Environment Management


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Dr. Dhanya Bhaskar

Associate Professor

Faculty Area: Ecosystem and Environment Management

Dhanya Bhaskar is presently Associate Professor of Ecosystem and Environment Management and Chairperson, Centre for Policy Studies at Indian Institute of Forest Management. She is deeply interested in teaching and researching sustainability from the ecological perspective. Her work is located at the interface of ecological and livelihood sustainability in forest, rural and urban landscapes. Prior to joining IIFM, Dhanya had worked with Azim Premji University, Bangalore as Assistant Professor of Sustainability (2014-2020) and with University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur, Karnataka as Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of Environmental Studies (2011-2014).

Area of expertise: Systems thinking and understanding forests, farms and cities as social-ecological systems.

Research interests: Urban sustainability with focus on urban green infrastructure, forest policy, biodiversity conservation and livelihoods, ecological restoration, environment-human health linkages

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD in Forest Ecology (Forest Research Institute, Dehradun)
  • PG Diploma in Environmental Law (National Law School of India University, Bangalore)
  • Master’s in Environmental Science and Management (Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala)

Current Research projects:

a) ‘Nature conservation in urbanizing landscapes’ funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India as part of the Indo–German  Research Collaboration FOR2432

b) ‘Food systems in transition- the case of Soligas in BR Hills, Karnataka’ funded by the Research Centre, Azim Premji University, Bangalore

 Awards and honours:

  • Young Fellowship of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Junior and Senior Research Fellowships of the University Grants Commission.
  • Merit Scholarship of Government of Kerala for pre-degree, graduate and postgraduate studies.
  • Travel fellowships from International Union of Forest Research Organizations, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, India and CIRAD, France.


Peer reviewed articles:19

Book chapters: 5

Research Monograph:1

Newspaper/ online media articles: 6


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