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    Harini Nagendra

    Harini Nagendra is a Professor in the School of Development at Azim Premji University, and Asia Research Coordinator at the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change at Indiana University. Her research straddles two major, yet linked areas examining human-driven changes in ecosystems and biodiversity in forests and cities. Harini coordinates a program of urban ecology focusing on Bangalore and Delhi in India. She is interested in seeing how people can be positive and negative agents of change, bringing about ecosystem degradation in some contexts, and providing protection and restoration in others. Harini Nagendra received a Ph.D. in Ecological Sciences in 1998 from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. She has subsequently held positions at the University of California in San Diego, Indiana University, ETH Zurich, and ATREE Bangalore. Most recently, Harini was a Hubert H Humphrey Distinguished Visiting Professor at Macalester College in Saint Paul in 2013. She is a lead author for the IPCC Annual Report 5 – Working Group III, and a member of the Scientific Steering Committee for the International Council for Science Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society, DIVERSITAS, and the Global Land Project. She received a 2013 Elinor Ostrom Senior Scholar Award for Collective Governance of the Commons for her diversity of work, innovation and use of different methodological approaches, and her active participation as a practitioner on the urban commons.

    January 27, 2016

    1. An advertisement for a 'woodsy' apartment near Bellandur lake, frothing with foam
    The Revalorization of Urban Nature, for Good and Ill
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore

    An image of expanding cities is associated, in most people’s minds, with the shrinking and gradual disappearance of urban nature. Yet, as life in cities becomes increasingly stressful and challenging, a gradual revalorization of urban nature is taking place across the...

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    July 26, 2015

    6. Community protests to save a polluted lake in Bangalore
    Ecologically Smart Cities: Keeping Urban Ecosystems Centre Stage in India’s Smart Cities Programme
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore

    On a path of accelerated urbanization, India is going through substantial changes in its land cover and land use. In 1950, shortly after Indian independence, only 17 percent of the country’s population lived in cities. Today, India’s urban population stands...

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    July 2, 2015

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    Open Wells and Urban Resilience
    Hita Unnikrishnan, Bangalore
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore

    What happens to a city’s traditional foundations of service delivery when it expands boundaries and enhances its infrastructure? Does the city still concern itself with the maintenance of the supply structures that were once essential for the city? The case...

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    February 15, 2015

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    The Wild Beast as the Other: Framing of Urban Wildlife in Popular Imagination
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore

    India is on a rapid path to urbanisation. While currently only 30% of India’s population lives in cities, this is changing rapidly. Plans have been recently announced to build 100 new “smart cities” across India, with an ambitious plan that...

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    May 28, 2014

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    The Cooperative Governance of Urban Commons
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore

    From my office, on the 9th floor of a tall building in an academic campus in Bangalore, I have a birds-eye view of the city’s peri-urban surroundings. To the west, I can see a 6-lane high-speed highway choked by traffic,...

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    February 3, 2014

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    What are the social justice implications of urban ecology, and how can we make sure that “green cities” are not synonymous with “gentrified” or “exclusive” cities?
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore
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    December 10, 2013

    Photograph 1: Farmers in a rural Indian village spread a millet crop on the road, so that urban motorists can drive their vehicles onto the dried ears, crushing them to make it easy to remove the loosened grains. Thus, rural areas take advantage of their connection with cities to reduce the manual labor involved with manual threshing of crops. Photo: Harini Nagendra
    The Village within the City—Rurality in the Era of Globalization
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore

    Popular descriptions of urbanization these days often describe humanity as having entered a “new urban era“, with more people living in cities today than they do in rural areas. Urban areas have a large footprint of impact on the rural countryside,...

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    June 26, 2013

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    Equity in the Urban Commons
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore

    The Nature of Cities collective blog is now over a year old, during which time my friends, colleagues and co-authors have written many fascinating articles on various aspects of nature, and on people-nature interactions in urban environments. Today, in my...

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    February 6, 2013

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    Biodiversity and the City—Challenges for India
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore

    A predominantly rural country, India is rapidly urbanizing. Although only 30% of India’s population lives in cities now, this proportion is expected to increase to 50% in the next two decades. It is becoming increasingly important, therefore, to have a...

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    October 7, 2012

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    A Tale of Two Lakes: Collective Action in Cities
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore

    There is no single path to sustainability. As Thomas Elmqvist wrote in a recent blog post, each city has its own challenges and opportunities for sustainable growth, and yet we all have much to learn from each other. Reading the...

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