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Interview with Ashwini Chhatre on Environment, Development, and Democracy

November 6, 2017
Program director of the Yale Himalaya Initiative Alark Saxena talks with Ashwini Chhatre about the complex interdependence of environment, democracy, and development. With regard to climate change in the Himalayan region, Chhatre speaks about the changes in agricultural production and markets. Chattre also discusses developments in the cash-crop economy, property rights, and forest policy especially in India, noting the challenges of protecting the environment.
Ashwini Chhatre is a faculty member at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad. He has previously served as a professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Researching the intersections of democracy with environment and development, Chhatre has focused on rural livelihoods in rainfed agricultural systems. His interdisciplinary work has appeared in journals such as Science, PNAS, and the Annual Review of Environment and Resources.
This video was recorded in April 2016.
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