Shikha Lakhanpal

Shikha Lakhanpal is a Postdoctoral scholar (Faculty track) at the Climate Change Mitigation and Development Programme at ATREE (Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment), Bangalore. Her research interests are at the intersection of environment and development with a focus on issues of equity and justice in the renewable energy sector. Shikha completed her PhD in Geography from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA in December 2016. Her dissertation focused on the trade-offs and contestation between biodiversity, local livelihoods and renewable energy development in India. Her ongoing projects include (1) Renewable energy policy analysis across Indian states; (2) Development impacts of renewable mini-grids on local communities; (3) Trade-offs between biodiversity, renewable energy and local livelihoods. Shikha also holds an MPhil in Planning and Development from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and a Masters in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

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

Impacts of renewable energy projects: Lakhanpal, S. (2018). Impacts of renewable energy projects. Deccan Herald.

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: