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Dipika Adhikari


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Dipika is a researcher interested in public policy and governance of socio-ecological systems. She is currently pursuing her doctoral studies in the Resources, Environment and Development (READ) Group at the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. She has been awarded with the prestigious Australian National University Research Scholarship to conduct her doctoral research. In her PhD research, Dipika examines how power relations among polycentric actors (institutions situated across multiple scales and levels) influence governance processes for Indigenous peoples’ forest land tenure security in India.

In one of her publications on Indigenous women’s struggle for forest rights in India, she argued that India’s environmental policymakers must do more to offer Indigenous women opportunities to affect forest decision-making processes. To read more, please see:

Dipika holds a Master’s by research (M.Phil) in Natural Resource Management from the Indian Institute of Forest Management, and a Master’s and an Honours degree in Geography from the University of Delhi, India. Prior to joining ANU, she conducted significant policy research across water, renewable energy, agriculture, forestry, climate change and livelihood spheres in association with numerous research organizations, including the International Water Management Institute (New Delhi), The Energy and Resources Institute (New Delhi), and the Central Himalayan Environment Association (Dehradun, Uttarakhand).

Her research interests include (but are not limited to)cross-cutting issues of environmental governance, Indigenous (in)justice, power relations, forest and land commons, livelihoods, gender, sustainability and climate action. In pursuing research on these issues, she actively seeks collaborative opportunities with scholars across relevant disciplinary fields.

Dipika has taken on numerous academic and leadership roles. She currently serves as an Academic Tutor in numerous postgraduate and undergraduate courses at ANU and a Senior Residential Scholar at the ANU Graduate House. Previously, Dipika held the position of HDR representative at the ANU South Asia Research Institute (SARI) and served as a reviewer and member of the ANU Delegated Ethical (Research) Review Committee (Asia-Pacific and Business). In all the roles she has held and continues to hold, she takes pride in supporting ANU’s purpose “to serve society through transformational research and education.”

PhD programme

RE&D-Resources, Environment and Development

Supervisor(s) and panel members


Adhikari, D. (2022, July). Indigenous women’s struggle for forest rights in India. Policy Forum.

• Mohammad, F. A., Sikka, A., Verma, S., Adhikari, D., M, S., & Santhosh, H. (2020). Convergence and Co-financing Opportunities for Climate-Resilient Water Management. New Delhi: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Adhikari, D. (2020, January). Policy Review and Analysis Promoting Solar Powered Irrigation in India. IWRA (India) Journal, 9(1), 8-15.


XIX Biennial International Association for the Study of Commons Conference (June, 2023)
Panel: Diverse Perspectives on Forest Commons in a Glocal World
Organizers: University of Nairobi and Bern.

Centre for South Asian Studies (Apr, 2023)
Online session: Dalits, Adivasis and Climate Justice
Organizer: University of Hawai’i at Manoa

British Association for South Asian Studies Annual Conference (Apr, 2023).
Online session: Crisis in the Anthropocene-Climate change and complex realities of the Himalayas.
Organizer: University of Leeds.

8th FLARE Annual Meeting on Forests and Livelihoods (Oct, 2022).
Session: Social justice in the forest: Rights, power and collaboration.
Organizer: The University of Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway in Rome, Italy.

POLLEN 4th Biennial Conference Asynchronous Workshop (Sept, 2022).
Online session: Indigenous Self-Determination vis-à-vis Conservation and Climate Action
Organizers: Peru POLLEN Node & University of Calgary (Canada).

ANU Gender Studies Symposium (May, 2022).
Organizer: Gender Institute, The Australian National University.

University of Melbourne Annual State-wide PhD conference (Nov, 2021).
Organizer: Melbourne South Asian Studies Group and South Asian Studies of Australia Association.

Scholarships and fellowships

ANU HDR Fee Remission Merit Scholarship (2020-2024)
ANU University Research Scholarship (2020-2024)
ANU Residential Scholarship (2024-25)

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Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

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