Hema Vaishnavi Ale

Hema is a research associate with Transitions Research. An anthropologist by training, she likes to use ethnographic sensibilities to explore the everyday lives of people at the intersection of climate and environmental crises, and how newer pathways can be reimagined. Her area of work focuses on climate politics, low-carbon transitions and food systems transitions. She has an M. Phil in Social Anthropology from IIT Hyderabad, an M.A in political science and B. Tech in Biotechnology.

World Habitat Day 2021: Why inclusive low-carbon cities are critical for India to mitigate the climate crisis
Policymakers have to take stock of the material politics of the implementation of the low carbon strategies emerging in the Indian context.
Why climate emergency and climate justice can’t go hand in hand
The call for climate emergency is antithetical to the concept of climate justice and formulating action around the idea of ‘emergency’ needs to reflected upon more critically.
Nature-based solutions hold key for urban India’s sustainable development
Indian cities today are suffering from unsustainable urbanisation, climate change, biodiversity loss and the degradation of ecosystem services.
Hyderabad Floods: How a Global Vision for Indian Cities Has Compromised Liveability
This article looks at how rapid civil infrastructure development has compromised the city’s ability to deal with disasters like floods.