Rahul Ranjan

Rahul Ranjan


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PhD projects

Environmental Justice and Humanities; South Asia and Environmental Movements; Memory and Politics; Social Movements and Indigenous Peoples Struggle; Global South and Extraction.

Personal profile


I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Environmental and Climate Justice at the Department of Geography, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, Scotland (UK). Over the decade, I have ethnographically worked on the longstanding conflict between social movements, Indigenous peoples' struggles and extraction politics in India. Recently, I have also undertaken ethnographic fieldwork in the western Himalayas and conducted a short pilot study and consultation work in Aotearoa New Zealand — exploring countors of river’s rights and community mobilisation.

My long-term research and doctoral work on “The Political Life of Memory: Birsa Munda in Contemporary India” was published by the Cambridge University Press in 2023. I have recently edited a volume, “At the crossroads of Rights”, published by Routledge Press, London, 2022. 

Between 2020-2023, I held an appointment as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo (Norway). I worked on the project: "Riverine Rights: The Currents and Consequences of Legal Innovations on The Rights of Rivers", funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The project consists of scholars from various disciplines and countries working towards exploring rivers' contours, rights, and legal personhood.


Education/Academic qualification

Political Anthropology, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), School of Advanced Study, University of London

Award Date: 31 Mar 2020

External positions

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Development Studies, Oslo Metropolitan University



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