PhD Candidate Appointed Leadership Fellow in India
UTS’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences academic and PhD candidate Nandita Das has been selected for a month-long Incoming Leaders Fellowship by the Australia India Institute (AII), recognised for her outstanding study of climate change governance.
The Fellowship aims to facilitate relationships between India and key technology partners globally, expanding UTS’s relationship with the AII and its’ networks.
The Institute will fly Nandita to Delhi in December and provide work space, accommodation and resources, where she plans to create a comparative study of the policies and politics surrounding climate change in both countries.
At the end of the fellowship, the Nandita Das will hold a public lecture on her research and aims to publish a journal article on the topic.
This work follows on from her PhD thesis, submitted in February under the supervision of Associate Professor James Goodman, which analysed thirty years of Australian governments’ climate policies.
Nandita began her PhD at the University of Western Sydney but transferred to UTS in 2014 and has been teaching within the School of Communication as well as continuing her postgraduate degree research.
“James Goodman, who was my supervisor, is an expert in the field of climate change governance,” she said.
“I’ve been also teaching a fair bit, so as a student and as an academic – the experience has helped me improve my critical analysis and critical thinking as well.”
Nandita says the fellowship will be “a great stepping stone in terms of translating [her] research framework within India, while also providing a global perspective” on her studies. She hopes to continue in academia after returning to Australia, and further her research on climate change and political economy.
“That’s where I see my future,” she said.
The Fellowship will also open doors to creating new and international networks of experts in the field for Nandita and UTS, a process which will begin with the launch of the new Climate Justice Centre within the FASS faculty in August.
When asked the focus on her study for the Political-Economy of Climate Change Governance, Nandita explains:
“My research examines global climate change in the current economic and political context. The focus is to interrogate the nature and process of global climate governance and enhance our understanding of the complexities and contestations that underlie the international negotiations of climate crisis. I am interested in understanding how power operates in the politics and economics of climate change within the broader patterns of governance. The specific focus of my research is a critical analysis of Australian climate policy of successive governments starting from Bob Hawke to as recent as Kevin Rudd. Furthering my global research initiative with focus on specific countries, Australia India Institute (AII) Emerging Leaders Fellowship will provide me an opportunity to undertake a comparative understanding of climate policy between Australia and India on the role of governments and various actors in the effective mitigation of climate crisis.”
Byline: Olivia Stanley
Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)