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Dipika Adhikari


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Dipika is a PhD researcher in the Resources, Environment and Development Group at the Crawford School of Public Policy. She is the recipient of ANU Research Scholarship. Dipika hails from Western Himalayan region of India. Her research interest traverse issues of social injustice, power and governance, Indigenous resource rights, livelihood, gender, environment and natural resource management. In her PhD research, she explores how power relations in complex governance systems influence Indigenous communities’ resource rights in India.

In her recent publication on Indigenous women’s struggle for forest rights in India, she argues that India’s environmental policymakers must do more to offer Indigenous women opportunities to affect forest decision-making processes. Read more:

Dipika is HDR representative in ANU South Asia Research Institute (SARI). She takes honour in serving ANU SARI in its efforts to foster cutting-edge multi-disciplinary research on South Asia.

Dipika holds Honors and a Masters in Geography from the University of Delhi, India and a Masters by research (M.Phil) in natural resource management from the Indian Institute of Forest Management. Prior to joining ANU, she was associated with multiple organisations including International Water Management Institute (New Delhi), Central Himalayan Environment Association (Dehradun, Uttarakhand), and The Energy and Resources Institute (New Delhi), where she conducted significant policy work across water, energy, agriculture, forestry and livelihood spheres.

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.

Scholarships and fellowships

ANU HDR Fee Remission Merit Scholarship (2020)
ANU University Research Scholarship (2020)

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Mailing address

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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