Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Van panchayats, are traditional local institutions that have been involved in governing the forest commons for more than eight decades. They form one of the earliest examples of decentralized resource management through formal state-community partnerships. These van panchayayts operate in diverse partnerships with government and nongovernment organizations. For her research, Gupta identified van panchayats operating in diverse partnerships in order to understand how different configurations of partnerships affect collaborative forest governance. Using the example of van panchayats, Gupta explores varying levels of interactions between external actors and community action.
Bio: Currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Government and Environmental Studies at Bowdoin College, Divya Gupta has a PhD. in Environment and Natural Resources from Ohio State University. She has an undergraduate degree in Botany and a Masters degree in Environmental Studies, both from the University of Delhi, India. Her research interests are diverse, some of which include: common pool resource management, collaborative environmental governance, decentralization, institutional analysis, forest policies, and politics.