School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Regina Hansda

Research Fellow


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 plants conservation amongst others.

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


  • 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)


  • Member of the Tutor Panel at the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), University of Cambridge, UK (2017)
  • 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)

Area of Expertise

Gender, environment, development, food politics, feminist methodologies

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