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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. Her research interest traverse along the issues of power, governance, social justice, Indigenous resource rights, livelihood, gender, and environment and natural resource management. In her PhD research, she explores power in both coercive and enabling forms in polycentric governance arrangement to understand how outcomes for Indigenous resource rights are shaped.

She is a committee member of Asia-Pacific and Business Delegated Ethical Review Committee at ANU. Dipika takes honour in serving the University in its efforts to uphold a high standard of research quality. She is also HDR representative in ANU South Asia Research Institute (SARI).

Dipika was trained in geography at the University of Delhi, India and holds specialisation in natural resource management. She has been associated with International Water Management Institute (New Delhi), Central Himalayan Environment Association (Dehradun, Uttarakhand), and The Energy and Resources Institute (New Delhi), where she carried significant policy research work across water, energy, food, and livelihood spheres.

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:

PhD programme

RE&D-Resources, Environment and Development

Supervisor(s) and panel members


• 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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