Centre for Rural Economy

Staff Profile

Dr Regina Hansda

Research Associate

Background

I am a human geographer with an interdisciplinary background (natural sciences, management, and the social sciences). I have worked for more than seven odd years in the rural development sector in India working with different NGOs on issues of rural livelihoods, climate adaptation, community-based natural resource management, indigenous knowledge systems, medicinal plant conservation amongst others.

Broadly, my work sits at the intersection of development geography, gender, and social justice. Currently, I am interested in the alternative imaginations of food and agriculture with a specific interest in the role of women, smallholder holder farmers, and indigenous groups in the global South.  

Education

  • PhD, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, UK (2016)
  • MSc. in Gender Studies (Research), London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK (2010)
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management (PGDFM), Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), Bhopal, India (2002)
  • BSc. (Honours) in Industrial Microbiology, Patna Women's College, Patna University, India (1998)

Career

  • Member of the Tutor Panel at the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), University of Cambridge, UK (2017-2020)
  • Program Officer, Natural Resource Management, Winrock International India, New Delhi, India (2008-2009)
  • Consultant, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Rome, Italy (2007)
  • Senior Core Team Member, Pragya, Natural Resource Management, Gurgaon, India (2006-2007)
  • Deputy Manager, Intellecap Advisory Services, Mumbai, India (2005-2006)
  • Assistant Manager, MP MFP Federation, Bhopal, India (2002-2004)
  • Research Associate, Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), Bhopal, India (2002-2002)

Awards and Honours

  • ESRC supported LSE/SOAS Adivasi Fellowship (2017-2018)
  • Environment and Sustainability Grant (Royal Geographical Society) (2018-2019)


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Research

Research interests and competence

  • Gender, environment, and development
  • Political ecology 
  • Small-scale sustainable food and farming systems 
  • Community-based approaches to rural development
  • Indigenous geographies of food and ecological justice
  • Indigenous epistemologies


Current research project

  • Indigenous/adivasi food festivals in India: resisting, claiming and (re)making an alternative history of food sovereignty? (PI) funded by the Royal Geographical Society
  • SOILCARE (Horizon 2020) Promoting sustainable soil-improving cropping systems


Completed research projects

  • Social barriers and opportunities for the implementation of the England Peat Strategy funded by Natural England (NE) and DEFRA
  • 'Resilient Dairy Landscapes' - A project funded by the Global Food Security's Resilience of the UK Food System Programme' with support from the BBSRC, ESRC, NERC, and the Scottish Government.

Teaching

I teach and supervise students for the following course modules 

  • SOC3098 – Rural Sociology - Community and Conflict in the Countryside (Undergraduates)
  • ACE2078 - Qualitative Research Methods - Ethnography and Participant Observation (Undergraduates)

Supervision for students on the following Master's/PhD programme

  • ACE8195 – MSc. Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
  • 5237F - MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security
  • Committee Member for 1 PhD Student (2019 -)


Areas of teaching interests and competence

  • Gender, environment, and development
  • Political ecology
  • International development 
  • Small-scale sustainable food and farming systems
  • Community-based approaches to rural development
  • Indigenous geographies of food and ecological justice
  • Qualitative research methods



Publications