Vinay Sankar
Fellow in Residence
Water and Society Program.

Before joining ATREE, Vinay was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Christ University, Bannerghatta Road Campus, Bangalore. He completed his PhD at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS)-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, working on the ‘Political Ecology of Small Freshwater Bodies in Central Kerala’.

He uses a mixed-methods approach to understand the commodification of commons like water, food and forests. His research articles have been published in journals such as World Water Policy (Wiley-Blackwell), Environmental Sociology (Taylor & Francis) and Ecology, Economy and Society- the INSEE Journal (Indian Society for Ecological Economics). Before switching to academia, he worked in the development sector for four years, associated with the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), Anand, and Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), Pune. He coordinated watershed development projects with several funding agencies such as NABARD, ITC and IWMP.
Vinay has two masters in Economics and Development Management, qualifying for the UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) for Assistant Professor in 2017. He was also part of the Early Career Network (ECN) of the International Association for the Study of Commons (IASC).