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About me

I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Urban and Rural Development at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala with interests in feminist political ecology, water governance, food security, agrarian change, gender and development research and Education for Sustainable Development.

My current research explores the feminization of agriculture in contexts of rural out-migration and water resource management. I received a four-year Mobility Grant of FORMAS, the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning for the project “Revitalizing community-managed irrigation systems in contexts of out-migration in Nepal” (2019-2024) with collaborations as visiting scientist/fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex (UK), University of British Columbia (Canada), Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies (Nepal) and the UN University -Institute of Environment and Human Security (Germany).

Earlier I was a Postdoctoral Fellow for Gender, Poverty and Institutions at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Nepal, and led studies in inter- and transdisciplinary projects within the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Program “Water, Land and Ecosystems” in India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

I hold a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Cologne, Germany. For my PhD thesis, I conducted empirical research on Education for Sustainable Development in policy, textbooks and geography teaching on water resources at secondary schools in Pune, India. My book "Transformative Pedagogic Practice" is published with Springer 2018.

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Appointments

since April 2023
Associate Professor

Department of Urban and Rural Development

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala

since Aug. 2019
Researcher (permanent)

Department of Urban and Rural Development

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala

(Parental Leave 07/21 - 08/22)

Sept. 2020 - June 2021
Visiting Scientist

United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn, Germany

Environment and Migration: Interactions and Choices Section (EMIC)

Sept. - Dec. 2019
Visiting Research Fellow

Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

Resource Politics Research Cluster, STEPS Center

Aug. 2017- Aug. 2019
Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Urban and Rural Development Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala

Nov. 2014 - July 2017
Postdoctoral Fellow for Gender, Poverty and Institutions, CGIAR Research Program on “Water, Land and Ecosystems” (WLE)

International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Kathmandu, Nepal

April - Sept. 2017
Lecturer

Institute of Geography Education

University of Cologne, Germany

June 2014 - Oct. 2014
Consultant for Gender, Poverty and Institutions CGIAR Research Program on “Water, Land and Ecosystems”

International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Sri Lanka

June 2011 - Oct. 2014
PhD Student

Cologne Graduate School of Education

University of Cologne, Germany

Sept. 2011 - June 2014
Research Affiliate

Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research (BVIEER), Pune, India

Oct. - Dec. 2013
Research Affiliate

Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), New Delhi, India

March - June 2011
Assistant to the Governance Office of Fairtrade International

FLO e. V., Bonn, Germany

July 2009 -  March 2011
Student Assistant for Gender Equality in Science at the Cluster of Excellence CECAD and Special Research Field 829

University of Cologne, Germany

Oct. 2007 - July 2008
Student Assistant in the Dept. for Academic Affairs and Foreign Relations

University of Cologne, Germany

2023
Associate Professor (Docent) in Rural Development

Docent Lecture: “Translocal Water Governance in the Face of Global Change”

Department of Urban and Rural Development

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala

2016
PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Human Geography

“Pedagogic practice and the transformative potential of Education for Sustainable Development. Argumentation on water conflicts in geography teaching in Pune/India”

University of Cologne, Germany (“Magna cum Laude”)

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. F. Kraas, Prof. Dr. A. Budke

2010
State Examination in Geography, English and Educational Sciences (equivalent to M.Sc./M.A./ M.Ed.)

University of Cologne, Germany

Master Thesis: “Access to health care services for children in Mumbai/India” Supervisor: Prof. Dr. F. Kraas

2011
State Examination in Biology (additional subject)

University of Cologne, Germany

2011
Certificate for Further Studies on Bilingual Education

(English/German), University of Cologne, Germany

2009
Certificate for Teaching English as a Second Language

(CTESL), University of New Brunswick Saint John, Canada;

2 semesters studies in Biology, Sociology and Canadian literature

Education

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