AID Bay Area Environment Panel discussion series - Part I

Globalization, Environment and Democracy:
A Panel Discussion

10:30am - 12:30pm, Saturday, February 16, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr. Library,
  Room # 255/257
150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose, CA 95112 


Association for India’s Development (AID) is pleased to present the first in its series on the environment, a panel discussion on Globalization, Environment and Democracy.

The panel consists of people who have worked on, researched, campaigned, and written on issues of environmental governance, law and how it relates to the environment and social impacts of industrial expansion in post globalisation India.

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The Panel consists of

Kanchi Kohli is researcher, writer and campaigner working on environment, forest and biodiversity governance in India as they interface with trade and industrialisation. He work seeks to draw empirical evidence from sites of conflict and locates it within the legal and policy realm in order to understand the power politics which prevail when such interactions take place. Kanchi's work emphasises the need for both research and advocacy as essential  to bring forward the contours of regulatory design and how it can determine what the ultimate outcomes of  are likely to be.  She has individually and in teams authored several publications, papers and articles in mainstream media on the above mentioned subjects. In her current profile she seeks to work with the strength of different national and international networks in her independent capacity including Kalpavriksh Environmental Action Group, Namati-Centre for Policy Research Environment Justice Program, Greenpeace India as well as several grassroots organisations. Since 2004, she co-coordinates an Information Dissemination Service for Forest and Wildlife cases in the Supreme Court of India. Kanchi has also been campaign and research advisor to national level networks and organisations related to Coal and Climate, Genetic Engineering as well as conservation of agro-biodiversity, especially millets.Her recent exploration is towards delving deeper into commodification of nature in real time policy and sustainability discourses.

Manju Menon is the Program Director of the Namati-Centre for Policy Research Program on Environment Justice in India. She has also been a member of Kalpavriksh, an environment research group since 2000. She has researched environmental decision making processes in the regulatory and public arenas since the completion of her Masters Program at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Her areas of work have also included research on environmental law making and implementation experiences related to the siting and regulation of infrastructure projects. She has investigated these processes mainly in the context of hydropower development in Northeast India and infrastructure development in coastal areas. She has pursued collaborative research projects and advocacy for improved decision making in partnership with local community organisations, regional and thematic networks. She is currently also a PhD candidate at the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and is writing her thesis on the experiences of public hearings on hydropower projects in Northeast India. She was awarded the Nehru-Fulbright fellowship in 2011 to spend one academic year at Yale University.  She has written on environment related subjects for the popular media and has several publications to her credit.

Priyanka Borpujari is an independent journalist based in Mumbai, India. Her work documenting human rights abuses takes her to different corners of the country. While she has been writing for various publications in India, she has also been reporting through her blog posts about India’s mad race for development and the adverse effects it has had on the indigenous populace. In 2011, she was awarded the 'Young Independent Journalist Fellowship’ by the New York-based SINGH Foundation. Most recently, she was selected as the 2012-2013 International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow and is currently based at MIT. Along with Adharshila Learning Centre -- a unique school in western India for indigenous children and based on the principle of 'pedagogy of the oppressed' -- she has been bringing out a magazine to amplify the indigenous voices.


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