Dr. Siddhartha Krishnan

Fellow, SuriSehgal Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation, ATREEq
Carson Fellow (2012-2013), the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany.

Research interests

A sociologist by training, Siddhartha (Sidd) Krishnan’s disciplinary and conceptual interests are in historicizing environmental sociology and sociologizing environmental history. He has noted the consequences of such analytical adventures for historical sociology, namely, the environmentalizing of this most historical of sociological sub-disciplines. Methodologically, Sidd combines field and archival work. He collects field and archival data to address questions pertaining to pastoral landscape and lifestyle transformations; human capabilities and ecosystems services; environmental justice; and modernity and development questions as they pertain to food, pesticide use and human health. He teaches sociology, environmental sociology and qualitative research methods in ATREE’s PhD programme. He was Carson Fellow (2012-2013) at the Rachel Carson Center (RCC) for Environment and Society, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich. Since April 2015, he is member of the Executive Committee of the Carson Society of Fellows (http://www.carsoncenter.uni-muenchen.de/alumni/index.html) . Sidd was elected in April 2016 as a Board member of the International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations (http://www.iceho.org/leadership-2/ ). He is one of the grant awardees in the first call of the AzimPremji University’s Research Grants programme ( http://www.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/SitePages/research-grant-awardees... ).

Current projects

  • ‘Integrated approaches for adaptive resilience-based management of forests for supporting agro-systems in the Sikkim-Darjeeling Himalayas’. Funded by the Tata Social Work Trust (TSWT). Co- PI in the project along with SaralaKhaling and SoubadraDevy. (2013-2016)
  • ‘Historical sociology of pastoral landscape transformation in 20th century Nilgiris’. This project is a contingency research funds (Ford Foundation) supported extension of a concluded Royal Norwegian Embassy (RNE) funded project ‘What does large carnivore predation of Buffalo mean to the Toda? Understanding cultural, politico-legal and ecological contexts and consequences of Toda conflicts with Tigers and Leopards on the Nilgiri Pastures, South India.’
  • ‘Shrinking pastoral lands of Edaiyars: Delineating linkages between Ecosystem Services and livelihoods’. Co-PI (with SoubadraDevy, P.I). Funded by the RNE, New Delhi. (2015-2017).
  • Living spaces as environmentally unjust public goods: Pollution and the asymmetrical distribution of physiological and psychological ailment in coastal-urban and hill-town Tamil Nadu. P.I. Funded by the AzimPremji University’s research grants programme.


Advisor to one student, and co-advisor to two students from the 2013 PhD batch working on environmentalism in Kerala; society, economy and risk in the Gangetic flood plains; and identity politics in the Amrabad tiger reserve. Besides the 3 students he supervises, Sidd serves in the Doctoral Advisory Committees (DAC) of 5 other students whose research work range from hunting culture in Arunachal Pradesh, free ranging dog behavior and its pastoral implications in Arunachal Pradesh; landscape fragmentation and local observations in Seemandhra; flood, fishery and conflict in the Gangetic basin; and human-elephant interacitons in Wayanaad, Kerala.

Two student vacancies available for research in the sub-discipline of environmental sociology, the broad field of environmental humanities, and specific wellbeing research genre of human capabilities.


Peer Reviewed

  • Krishnan, S. 2009. Of Land, Legislation and Litigation: Forest Leases, Agrarian Reform, Legal Ambiguity and Landscape Anomaly in the Nilgiris, 1969 to 2007. Conservation and Society , 7(3).
  • Menon, Hinnewinkel, Garcia, Guillerme, Rai and Krishnan. 2009. Competing Visions: Domestic Forests, Politics and Forest Policy in Central Western Ghats of South India. Small Scale Forestry, 8.
  • Sundaram, Krishnan, Hiremath and Joseph. 2009. 'Ecology and impact of the invasive Lantana camara: a traditional ecological knowledge perspective. Journal of Human Ecology. 37 (2)
  • Chetana, Krishnan & Ganesh. 2012. Biodiversity regain in abandoned tea plantations. Current Science.102 (8).
  • Venkateswaran K, Krishnan S, Saravanan P , Kiran M C , and Joseph G,‘Changing Livelihood Strategies: The Experience of the Valaiyars of KarandhaiMalai, Tamil Nadu’ in Purushothaman S. and Abraham R (eds.), Livelihood Strategies in Southern India: Conservation and Poverty Reduction in Forest Fringes, 2013, Springer, India.
  • Siddhartha Krishnan (2015). Landscape, Labor, and Label: The Second World War, Pastoralist Amelioration, and Pastoral Conservation in the Nilgiris, South India (1929-1945). International Labor and Working-Class History, 87.
  • Siddhartha Krishnan, 2015, Woody, Thorny, and Predatory Forests: Grassland Transformations in the Nilgiris, South India, in Krishnan Siddhartha, Pastore Christopher L and Temple Samuel ed. Unruly Environments. RCC Perspectives. Munich.
  • Krishnan Siddhartha, Pastore Christopher L and Temple Samuel (ed.) 2015.'Unruly Environments'.RCC Perspectives. Munich.
  • Ghosal S., Skogen, K and Krishnan S (2015), Locating Human-Wildlife Interactions: Landscape Constructions and Responses to Large Carnivore Conservation in India and Norway. Conservation &Society 13(3).
Under Review
  • ‘Conservation Politics in the Madras Presidency: Maintaining the Lord Wenlock Downs of the Nilgiris Grasslands, South India, as a National Park: (1930-1950),’ in Mathew Kelly, Emily Wakild, and Claudia Leal (ed), The Nature State (Routledge International)
  • ‘The Sprayer Happy Farmer: Pesticide Dependence as an Enduring Legacy of a West German Development Scheme to Improve Agriculture in South India (1965-1985),’ in Jennifer L Smith and Thomas Robertson (ed), Transplanting Modernities (MIIT)


  • Krishnan Siddhartha and Dharmarajan Priyadarshanan. 2008. ‘Travails of a Waterscape’ Down To Earth, April.
  • Krishnan Siddhartha and PurushothamanSeema .2008.Value of Deforestation?Down To Earth. August
  • Krishnan Siddhartha (ed).2009. ‘Perspectives on the Forest Rights Act’.Current Conservation.
  • Krishnan Siddhartha.2009.‘Fighting over Forests’.Himal South Asian.January.
  • Ghoshal Sunetro, Krishnan Siddhartha, and SkogenKetil. 2010 Space Odyssey: Rephrasing Conflicts over Large Carnivore Conservation. Current Conservation
  • Balaji Poorna and Krishnan Siddhartha. 2011. ‘History Matters’. Down to Earth.
  • Krishnan Siddhartha. 2011. ‘Conservation Conversations’. Current Conservation

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