Utkarsh Choudhury

Degree Program: PhD

Research Areas

  • Political Ecology
  • Conservation & Resource Politics
  • Animal/More-than-human Geographies
  • Hydrosocial Territories


My PhD dissertation examines river conservation in India, focusing on the inception and evolution of current paradigms, policies, and initiatives. I investigate the historical, social, and political factors shaping contemporary river “rejuvenation” approaches. My work also explores the complex bureaucratic landscape, including interactions between forest and water departments around shared conservation goals. Furthermore, I aim to unpack the interests of non-human stakeholders and how these perspectives are incorporated (or not) into river conservation narratives.

Research Affiliations/Groups:

  • Critical Conservation Geography Collective (https://ccgc.ua.edu/)

  • Graduate Student Board Member, AAG Animal Geography Specialty Group