Dr. Siddhartha Krishnan

Fellow, Suri Sehgal Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation, ATREE
Carson Fellow (2012-2013), the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany.

Research interests
A sociologist by training, Siddhartha Krishnan’s recent disciplinary and conceptual interests have been in historicizing environmental sociology and sociologizing environmental history. He has noted the consequences of such analytical adventures for historical sociology, that is, the environmentalizing of this most historical of sociological sub-disciplines. Methodologically, Siddhartha combines field and archival work. He collects field and archival data to address questions pertaining to pastoral landscape and lifestyle transformations; human capabilities and ecosystems services; environmental justice; and modernity and development questions as they pertain to food, pesticide use and human health. He teaches sociology, environmental sociology and qualitative research methods in ATREE’s PhD programme. He was Carson Fellow (2012-2013) at the Rachel Carson Center (RCC) for Environment and Society, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich.

Current projects

  • ‘Integrated approaches for adaptive resilience-based management of forests for supporting agro-systems in the Sikkim-Darjeeling Himalayas’. Funded by the Tata Social Work Trust (TSWT). Co- PI in the project along with Sarala Khaling and Soubadra Devy. (2013-2016)
  • ‘Historical sociology of pastoral landscape transformation in 20th century Nilgiris’. This project is a contingency research funds (Ford Foundation) supported extension of a concluded Royal Norwegian Embassy (RNE) funded project ‘What does large carnivore predation of Buffalo mean to the Toda? Understanding cultural, politico-legal and ecological contexts and consequences of Toda conflicts with Tigers and Leopards on the Nilgiri Pastures, South India.’
  • ‘Shrinking pastoral lands of Edaiyars: Delineating linkages between Ecosystem Services and livelihoods’. Co-PI (with Soubadra Devy, P.I). Funded by the RNE, New Delhi. (2015-2017).
  • ‘Environmental sociology and history of the Indo-German Nilgiris Development Project (1965-1975)’. Supported by ATREE’s contingency funds (Ford Foundation).

Mentoring
Advisor to one student, and co-advisor to two students from the 2013 PhD batch working on environmentalism in Kerala; society, economy and risk in the Gangetic flood plains; and agrarian crisis. Besides the 3 students he supervises, Siddhartha serves in the Doctoral Advisory Committees (DAC) of 8 other students whose research work range from wetland policy in India; lake conservation in Bengaluru; free ranging dog behavior and its pastoral implications in Arunachal Pradesh; landscape fragmentation and local observations in Seemandhra; flood, fishery and conflict in the Gangetic basin.

Publications
Peer Reviewed
Published

  • Krishnan, S. 2009. Of Land, Legislation and Litigation: Forest Leases, Agrarian Reform, Legal Ambiguity and Landscape Anomaly in the Nilgiris, 1969 to 2007. Conservation and Society , 7(3).
  • Menon, Hinnewinkel, Garcia, Guillerme, Rai and Krishnan. 2009. Competing Visions: Domestic Forests, Politics and Forest Policy in Central Western Ghats of South India. Small Scale Forestry, 8.
  • Sundaram, Krishnan, Hiremath and Joseph. 2009. 'Ecology and impact of the invasive Lantana camara: a traditional ecological knowledge perspective. Journal of Human Ecology. 37 (2)
  • Chetana, Krishnan & Ganesh. 2012. Biodiversity regain in abandoned tea plantations. Current Science. 102 (8).
  • Siddhartha Krishnan (2015). Landscape, Labor, and Label: The Second World War, Pastoralist Amelioration, and Pastoral Conservation in the Nilgiris, South India (1929-1945). International Labor and Working-Class History, 87, pp 92-110.
  • Siddhartha Krishnan, 2015, Woody, Thorny, and Predatory Forests: Grassland Transformations in the Nilgiris, South India, in Krishnan Siddhartha, Pastore Christopher L and Temple Samuel ed. Unruly Environments. RCC Perspectives. Munich
  • Krishnan Siddhartha, Pastore Christopher L and Temple Samuel (ed.) 2015. 'Unruly Environments'. RCC Perspectives. Munich
  • Krishnan, S. 2009. Of land, legislation and litigation: Forest leases, agrarian reform, legal ambiguity and landscape anomaly in the Nilgiris, 1969 to 2007. Conservation and Society.7(4): 283-298.
  • Menon, A., C. Hinnewinkel, C. Garcia, S. Guillerme, N. Rai and S. Krishnan. 2009. Competing visions: Domestic forests, politics and forest policy in the Central Western Ghats of South India. Small-Scale Forestry 8: 515-527
  • Sundaram, B., S.Krishnan, A. Hiremath and G. Joseph. 2009. Ecology and impact of the invasive Lantana camara: A traditional ecological knowledge perspective. Journal of Human Ecology.37 (2).
  • Chetana,H. C., S. Krishnan and T. Ganesh. 2012 . Biodiversity regain in abandoned tea plantations. Current Science 102(8): 1089-1090.

In Press

  • Ghosal, Skogen, and Krishnan. ‘Locating human-wildlife interactions: A Comparative Study exploring links between landscape interpretations and responses to large carnivore conservation in India and Norway’. Conservation and Society.
  • Krishnan Siddhartha, ‘Landscape, Labor, and Label: The Second World War, Pastoralist Amelioration, and Pastoral Conservation in the Nilgiris, South India (1929–1945)’, International Labor and Working Class-History (Cambridge)
  • Pastore Chris, Temple Samuel and Krishnan Siddhartha (ed) ‘Unruly Environments: Ecologies of Agency in the Global Era’ (Perspectives Rachel Carson Centre (RCC), Munich, in press)
  • Krishnan Siddhartha , ‘The Transformation of Grasslands in the Nilgiris, South India, into Woody, Thorny and Predatory Forests’ in Chris Pastore, Samuel Temple and Siddhartha Krishnan (ed) Unruly Environments: Ecologies of Agency in the Global Era (Perspectives, RCC, Munich, in press)

Under Review

  • Krishnan Siddhartha, ‘Maintaining the Lord Wenlock Downs of the Nilgiris, South India, as a National Park: Public Recreation, Game Preservation, Aesthetic Heritage and Popular Will (1930-1950)’ in Mathew Kelly, Emily Wakild, and Claudia Leal (ed), The Nature State, (Past and Present Series, Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2015)

Popular

  • Krishnan Siddhartha and Dharmarajan Priyadarshanan. 2008. ‘Travails of a Waterscape’ Down To Earth, April.
  • Krishnan Siddhartha and Purushothaman Seema .2008. Value of Deforestation? Down To Earth. August
  • Krishnan Siddhartha (ed).2009. ‘Perspectives on the Forest Rights Act’. Current Conservation.
  • Krishnan Siddhartha.2009. ‘Fighting over Forests’. Himal South Asian. January.
  • Ghoshal Sunetro, Krishnan Siddhartha, and Skogen Ketil. 2010 Space Odyssey: Rephrasing Conflicts over Large Carnivore Conservation. Current Conservation
  • Balaji Poorn and Krishnan Siddhartha. 2011. ‘History Matters’. Down to Earth.
  • Krishnan Siddhartha. 2011. ‘Conservation Conversations’. Current Conservation