Nitin D Rai

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Journal Articles

Ramesh, M., Rai, ND. 2017 Trading on conservation: A marine protected area as an ecological fix Marine Policy, Volume 8, May 2017
Rai, N. D. and K. S. Bawa. 2013 Inserting politics and history in conservation. Conservation Biology. 27(2): 425-428.

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Book Chapters

Vanak, A.T., A.J. Hiremath, S. Krishnan, T. Ganesh, N.D. Rai , 2017 , Filling in the (forest) blanks: the past, present and future of India’s savanna grasslands Pp 88-93 In: A.J. Hiremath, N.D. Rai, and A. Siddhartha. (eds). , Transcending boundaries. Reflecting on twenty years of action and research at ATREE. ATREE, Bangalore.
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Nitin D Rai
Editor, Conservation and Society
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Research interests

I am a political ecologist conducting most of my research in the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Tiger Reserve. My research questions are: How do issues of power get implicated in conservation efforts? How is knowledge produced and why are certain forms of knowledge privileged over others? My work aims to challenge current narratives that view nature as static and human presence in forests as being inimical to biodiversity. My more recent work critically analyses ongoing efforts to economically value tiger reserves, the increasing emphasis on wildlife population estimation methods, and the use of technology for surveillance and monitoring. My work is centrally focused on how modern conservation approaches and the expropriation of forests for wildlife conservation are affecting the livelihoods of people. I am also an editor of the journal Conservation and Society.