Shikha Lakhanpal

I am a postdoctoral (faculty track) research scholar in the Climate Change Mitigation and Development (CCMD) programme. My research interests are at the intersection of environment, development and democracy. Specifically, I am exploring issues of equity and access in the renewable energy sector.

PhD, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 2016
MPhil. Planning and Development, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay 2011
MA in Social Work Tata Institute of Social Sciences Bombay 2008
B.A Psychology and Sociology, Panjab University, Chandigarh 2006

Peer reviewed Publications

-Lakhanpal, S., & Chhatre, A. (2018). For the environment, against conservation: Conflict between renewable energy and biodiversity protection in India. In S. Bhagwat (Ed.), Conservation and Development in India: Reimagining Wilderness. Oxford: Routledge.

- Chhatre, A., Lakhanpal, S., & Prasanna, S. (2017). Heritage as Weapon: Contested Geographies of Conservation and Culture in the Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area, India. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 107(2), 456-464.

- Chhatre, A., Lakhanpal, S., Larson, A. M., Nelson, F., Ojha, H., & Rao, J. (2012). Social safeguards and co-benefits in REDD+: a review of the adjacent possible. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 4(6), 654-660.

Popular press articles
Electricity Access in India: Lakhanpal, S. (2017). Why Saubhagya Scheme cannot overcome India's power crisis. Daily O:

Wind Energy policy in India: Jamwal, N., & Lakhanpal, S. (2008). Fanning an alternative: The case of Wind Energy in Maharashtra, India. Down to Earth: