Ms Bhargavi S. Rao

Ms Bhargavi S Rao

Visiting Senior Fellow (Honorary)

Bhargavi S. Rao works at the intersections of community action with law, policy, planning and governance. she has about 30 years of experience across research, advocacy, campaign and teaching in a variety of human rights, governance and people-centred initiatives, and in advancing environmental and social justice. She is an Independent Researcher/Educator and a Senior Fellow & Trustee at Environment Support Group. She has been a member of the India team of the international Comparative Covid Response (CompCoRe) project, that compares Covid-19 policy responses from an STS perspective led by S. Hilgartner, Cornell Univ, S.Jasanoff, Harvard Kennedy School, & the Governance of Sociotechnical Transformations (GoST) research project. She has extensive experience in coordinating & teaching a variety of educational programmes. She coordinates the Knowledge2Action Academy, Swissnex India, she was Co-Director of Minnesota Studies in International Development,(India Prog), Univ of Minnesota and Cities in the 21st Century and Health & Community programmes of International Honours Programme (Boston University & SIT). She teaches on faculty led Study Abroad programmes, is guest faculty at universities in India & abroad & also engages in corporate training. She enjoys engaging with student communities, developing and designing research tools, documenting case studies, and working with local governments and communities in co-creating ideas to address environmental and social justice challenges. She has worked with Centre for Financial Accountability, Public Health Foundation of India, Azim Premji Philanthropic initiatives, United Ways & Indian Institute of Science. She has worked as consultant with EMPRI, Action Aid, BUDA and other start-ups. She engages in interdisciplinary and intersectional research on environmental decision-making, governance and following financial decision making. As Senior Fellow/Trustee of Environment Support Group she contributes to legal and investigative research and represents the organisation in PILs tackling Biopiracy, advancing Lake protection and various other environmental and social justice causes. She was awarded the aid saathiship in recognition of her contribution in the non profit sector. She writes regularly in leading dailies, online platforms and has contributed research papers in science journals, chapters to book volumes and articles in magazines. Her academic qualifications are a M’Phil in Aerobiology, M.Sc. in Botany with a specialisation in Microbiology and a B.Sc. with triple majors in Chemistry, Environmental Science and Botany. She also holds a PG Diploma in Journalism.

Research Areas 

Agriculture, Food, Nutrition Security and Rural Development, Economy and Infrastructure, Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Gender, Pluralism and Social Inclusion, Governance and Law, Livelihoods, Employment and Well-being, Social Sector, Urbanization, Habitat, Transportation and Regional Development