Prakash Kashwan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Co-Director of the Research Program on Economic and Social Rights, Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut, Storrs. He is an interdisciplinary social scientist with expertise in researching the intersection of inequality, environment, and development, specifically in the context of environmental policy, climate justice, climate governance, and global development.
Dr. Kashwan’s research and scholarship builds on his over two-decade-long engagements with questions of global and international environmental governance, including a first career in international development (1999-2005). In 2011, he was awarded a Ph. D. in Public Policy, under the mentorship of late Professor Elinor Ostrom, the 2009 Nobel Laureate for Economic Sciences. He was a winner of a Young Scientist’s Research Award for 2009 from the International Foundation for Science (IFS), Stockholm. More recently he has been awarded the University of Connecticut’s Research Excellence Program award (2018) and the Human Rights Institute’s Faculty Fellowship (2020).
Dr. Kashwan is a member of the expert group convened by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) for the Scoping of the Assessment of Transformative Change and options for achieving the 2050 vision for biodiversity. He also co-convenes the Climate Justice Network (with Professor Lauren MacLean of Indiana University, Bloomington ). He is an Editor of the journal Environmental Politics (Taylor & Francis), an Associate Editor of Progress in Development Studies (Sage Publishing) and a member of the editorial boards of Earth Systems Governance and Humanities & Social Sciences Communications (Palgrave). He has been appointed a Senior Research Fellow of the Earth System Governance Project’s and a member of its Task Force on Planetary Justice. He was also a member of the Academic Working Group on International Governance of Climate Engineering convened by the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, Washington D.C.
Dr. Kashwan’s first research monograph, Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania, and Mexico was published by Oxford University Press (2017, with Global and South Asia Paperbacks published separately in 2018). He is now working on his second book-length project on Climate Justice (contracted with Oxford University Press) and an edited volume on Climate in India (under review at Cambridge University Press). Dr. Kashwan has also authored and co-authored numerous research articles published in Ecological Economics, Regional Environmental Change, Land Use Policy, Journal of Environmental Management, International Journal of the Commons, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Global Environmental Politics, Global Transitions, Bioscience, Earth System Governance, Sustainability, Current Opinions in Environmental Sustainability, and World Development, among others. He has also contributed popular commentaries to the Washington Post, the Conversation, BBC Hindi, and the Guardian, among others.
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