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Ashwini Chhatre

  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Indian School of Business
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Ashwini Chhatre has recently relocated to India from the US to serve on the faculty at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for World Development Perspectives. Ashwini has an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Delhi and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University. In between, he spent 11 years working with local communities and social movements on democratic governance of natural resources in India. Ashwini was the Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Fellow in Sustainability Science at Harvard University during 2006-07, and served as a faculty member in the Department of Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign between 2007-2014. Ashwini’s research investigates the intersection of democracy with environment and development, with a more recent focus on rural livelihood dynamics in rainfed systems across agro-ecological and socio-political contexts. A background in Economics, graduate training in Political Science, and long-standing engagement with scholarship in Human Geography, Cultural Anthropology, Conservation Biology, Landscape Ecology, and Environmental History ensure that his research will never be confined to a single discipline! Ashwini has co-authored one book and published articles in Science, PNAS, Conservation Biology, Journal of Peasant Studies, World Development, and other journals. Ashwini was the Senior Editor for Conservation Letters during 2009-2014.


World Development Perspectives


2015 - Present

Conservation letters

Senior Editor

2009 - 2014(5 years)

Recent publications

  • Alternative cereals can improve water use and nutrient supply in India

    • Davis K
    • Chiarelli D
    • Rulli M
    • et al.
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  • Effects of economic globalization and trade on forest transitions: Evidence from 76 developing countries

    • Li L
    • Liu J
    • Cheng B
    • et al.
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Professional experience

Associate Professor

Indian School of Business

July 2014 - Present

Associate Professor

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Geography

July 2013 - June 2015(2 years)

Assistant Professor

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Geography

July 2007 - June 2013(6 years)

Giorgio-Ruffolo Post-doctoral Fellow in Sustainability Science

Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University

September 2006 - July 2007(10 months)


Political Science

Duke University

August 2001 - May 2007(6 years)


Co-authors (64)