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Dr Bhaskar Vira

Dr Bhaskar Vira

Director, University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute

Reader in the Political Economy of Environment and Development

University of Cambridge


Bhaskar Vira ‘s research interests cross disciplinary boundaries, and span the fields of political economy, development studies and environmental studies. HIs work examines the social, political and economic dimensions of natural resource management, and the relationships between natural ecosystems and human well-being. He has contributed to the United Nations Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and the United Kingdom National Ecosystem Assessment. His current research examines the political economy of natural resource use and management in India, and trade-offs and social justice issues associated with the management of ecosystem services.


  • environmental and development economics
  • state-society interactions in development
  • public policy in the developing world, especially India
  • political economy, particularly the study of institutions and institutional change
  • biodiversity conservation