• Dhruv Gangadharan
  • Dhruv Gangadharan
  • Research Interests: political ecology, artisanal fisheries, biodiversity conservation, community economies, anthropocenes
  • Advisor: Kevin St. Martin
  • Degree: Ph.D.





With an area focus on the state of Tamil Nadu in India, I apply post-structuralist political ecology and environmental economic geography to understand environmental change, the transformation of nature, and technologies of commodity production (e.g. seafood, small-scale fisheries and aquaculture). I aim to think-with fisher communities to reflect on the interface of land and sea by bringing together theory on diverse economies and commoning, “wet ontologies” and oceanic imaginaries. First, I explore these concepts in relation to the Anthropocene and India’s Blue Economy, which are centred on crisis narratives. Second, I embark on an ethical negotiation with environmental and economic subjectivity accounting for two positions: I) the subaltern and ii) the more-than-human. My provocation foregrounds ‘difference’, and leads to a reworking of how conservation-development is performed: what’s the place of noncapitalism, and how does it constitute community? 

Previous Degrees:

  • MSc Biodiversity, Conservation and Management, University of Oxford (2017)

Peer-reviewed articles:

  • Karnad, D., Gangadharan, D. and Krishna, C. (2021) ‘Rethinking sustainability: from seafood consumption to seafood commons’. Geoforum. 126: 26- 36. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2021.07.019.
  • Gangadharan, D. and Chellam, R. (2020) ‘Exploring the 4-Cs Framework: Integrating Biodiversity Conservation and Human Well-being in India’. Review of Environment and Development. Economic and Political Weekly. 55(49): 29-33. https://www.epw.in/journal/2020/49/review-environment-and- development/exploring-4-cs-framework.html.

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