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Harini Nagendra

Harini Nagendra

Director, Research s Center for Climate Change and Sustainability, Azim Premji University

Harini Nagendra is Director of Research Center at the University, and leads the University’s Center for Climate Change and Sustainability.
Over the past 25 years, Harini has been at the leading edge of research examining conservation in forests and cities of South Asia from the perspective of both landscape ecology and social justice. For her interdisciplinary research and practice, she has received many awards including the 2009 Cozzarelli Prize from the US National Academy of Sciences, the 2013 Elinor Ostrom Senior Scholar award, and the 2017 Clarivate Web of Science award.
Her publications include the books ​“Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present and Future” (Oxford University Press, 2016) and ​“Cities and Canopies: Trees of Indian Cities” (Penguin, 2019, with Seema Mundoli) as well as over 150 research publications including recent papers in Nature, Nature Sustainability, and Science. She writes a monthly column ​‘The Green Goblin’ in the Deccan Herald newspaper, and is a well-known public speaker and writer on issues of urban sustainability in India. She is also an associate editor of the journal Global Environmental Change.
Harini has been a Lead Author on the IPCC AR5 reports, and a past Science Committee member of DIVERSITAS and the Global Land Programme. She engages with international science and policy through her involvement as a Steering Committee member of the Future Earth Programme for Ecosystem Change and Society, and the Future Earth Urban Knowledge Advisory Network.
She is on the Advisory Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology Climate-KIC, the WRI Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities, and the Earth Leadership Program (formerly the Leopold Leadership Program).

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