Nitin D Rai

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Journal Articles

Rai, N. D 2012 Green Grabbing in the Name of the Tiger Economic & Political Weekly 47(42): 108–109.
Bawa, K. S., Rai, N. D. and Sodhi, N. S 2011 Rights, Governance, and Conservation of Biological Diversity Conservation Biology, 25(3): 639-641

Book Chapters

Kavitha, A., Joseph, S. C. J., Rai, N. D. and Abraham, R. , 2013 , Distinct Livelihood Patterns Among Communities: The Case of Kanakapura, Karnataka. In Purushothaman, S., R. Abraham (Eds.). , Livelihood strategies in southern India: conservation and poverty reduction in forest fringes. Pages 33-48. Springer, India.
Nitin D. Rai, Siddappa Setty , 2013 , Just Harvest: Ecology and Politics of Forest Canopy Product Use in Protected Areas. Margaret Lowman, Soubadra Devy, and T Ganesh, (eds) , Treetops at Risk: Challenges of Global Canopy. Ecology and Conservation, page 395-399.
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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.