Grounded in political ecology and development, Professor Bedi's research examines how mining, land use and industrialization projects and policies are contested by activists and other actors.

Educational Background

  • B.A. in Environmental Studies and Diplomacy & World Affairs, Occidental College
  • M.S., University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources & Environment
  • Ph.D., University of Cambridge, Department of Geography Research

Research Interests

Professor  Bedi has extensive field experience in India with emerging research in the United States and interest in transnational environmental activism. Her doctoral work conceptualized the protest tactics of Indian social movements resisting the environmental and development ramifications of industrial Special Economic Zones.

Dr. Bedi's current research explores how Indian forms of contention inform transnational protest on natural resource and mineral extraction. Funded by the University of California, Berkeley, King's College London and the Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research, she will be a Visiting Fellow in Mumbai from late 2013 to early 2014. During the fellowship she will analyze how contemporary activists utilize the Indian judicial system as a forum to pursue environmental claims. Dr. Bedi's upcoming research examines community development and environmental activism through the lens of Marcellus shale natural gas drilling (fracking) in the Northeast United States.


ENST 100: Introduction to Environmental Studies

ENST 240: Sustainable Resource Management

Selected Publications

Bedi, H.P. 2013. Environmental Mis-assessment, Development and Mining in Orissa, India. Development and Change 44(1): 101-123

Bedi, H.P. 2013. Special Economic Zones: National Land Challenges, Localized Protest. Contemporary South Asia 21(1): 38-51


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