Dr Manisha Anantharaman

Associate Fellow, Environment and Society Centre

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Manisha is an associate professor of justice, community, and leadership at Saint Mary’s College of California, USA.

Her research and teaching interests connect sustainability and social justice, applying participatory and ethnographic methodologies to examine how economic and political ideologies, social identities, and power relations affect how sustainability is conceptualized and enacted at multiple scales.

Her publications include an edited book on The Circular Economy and the Global South (Routledge, UK). In 2019, she was the Alba Viotto Invited Professor in Sociology at the Institute for Sociological Research, University of Geneva.

She serves on the executive board of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI), an international knowledge network of more than 1,400 researchers and practitioners committed to building a flourishing and ecologically-sound society by changing the way we consume.

Her areas of expertise include sustainable consumption and production, informal economics, urban sustainability transitions, and urban environmental politics.

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Past experience

2020 - present Associate Professor, Saint Mary’s College of California
2013-14 Consultant, WIEGO International and Hasirudala Cooperative
2008-09 Program Officer and Research Associate, Conservation and Education (full-time) Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)