Tanvi Jain is an architectural designer and researcher currently pursuing an MPhil degree in Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Cambridge, UK. Her design thesis focuses on water traditions of semi-arid India and urban water infrastructure in support of decentralized systems and self-sufficiency at various scales. Tanvi has been a co-curator and researcher for the travelling exhibitions ‘Stepwells of Ahmedabad’ exhibited at Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad, Yale School of Architecture and Cooper Union in New York. More recently, she has co-authored ‘Stepwells of Ahmedabad: Water, Gender, Heritage’ published by Calmo editions in Madrid. She practised as an architect and co-founded eco-habitats, an organisation dedicated to designing and building affordable houses. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from CEPT University, India.
Anushri Tiwari, an urban planner and researcher, is usually seen and found exploring the socio-ecological systems, particularly the relationships between blue-green systems and communities. Presently, she is unearthing various dimensions of wetland planning and management, as a process that drives them on ground. She aims to go beyond normalized assumptions that we can manage natural resources through narrow technocratic and conventional development practices, but holds value in alternate governing strategies and systems, wherein community engagement is a key ingredient for a progressive future. She appreciates the traditional ecological knowledge and diversity that rests with the Socio-cultural Indian Landscape and holds regeneration & restoration as the key element for a resilient future. Through data, she hopes to also learn and convey the unseen and unheard stories of nature.
Prachi Bari is a journalist and a filmmaker. As a journalist, she has worked with Times of India, Mid-Day, ANI, Jagran Cityplus, Hindustan Times to name a few over the past 23 years. An on-ground reporter, she has covered the city, the communities and their welfare, environment, education and expats. She began as a researcher for foreign productions and also helped in location scouting as well as pre-production for visiting journalists from PBS, Teddybear Films, ZDF, ARD, ORF etc. Her first film “Between Gods and Demons”, made in the Japanese language to explain the relationship of water and religion to Japanese, was screened at Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival, Delhi in 2018 and was awarded recognition by the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards. Her other films include “Garden of Feelings”, a one minute film and “In Meinem Pune” in the German language which won the first prize at Forum Deutsche and DAAD German language Film Festival.
Nikhil Sanjay Shah, a global citizen, is a researcher with a keen interest in a wide range of subjects; urban/habitat design, indigenous studies, the urbanism of Himalayan settlements, urban art, agro-ecology, eco-feminism, heritage conservation, sustainable (de)development, gender studies, community participation, and earth architecture. He pursued Masters in Urban Design from the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. Nikhil has worked as a project architect at PMA design studio, Valsad, and as an architecture apprentice at the Hunnarshala Foundation, Bhuj. He has worked with Sahapedia UNESCO, Recyclebin, Trivandrum, and SVNIT, Surat as a research fellow. Presently, he works with Nitte Institute of Architecture (NIA), Mangalore as a researcher for the Urban Studies group and academic exploring multi-disciplinary pedagogical frameworks to evolve co-learning processes.
Raina Ghosh is currently a PhD Research Scholar at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She completed her M.A, M.Phil from JNU and is a human Geographer by training. She works on the themes of water-society relations, urban political ecology, while her thesis studies the everyday city-making processes around ‘Ghats’ of River Hooghly in Kolkata. She is passionate about travelling, photography and canvassing stories of spaces and people through words and visuals. She also takes a keen interest in human rights issues and has contributed to LiveWire as well as collaborative research projects with the University of Bristol and CES, Delhi.
Urban Agriculture Research Fellowship-2021
Geetanjali Gurlhosur is a young freelance journalist, social researcher and documentary filmmaker. She has been a Research Fellow with PRC. She has a Bachelor's degree in Media Studies from Symbiosis Centre for Media and Communication, Pune, and a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati. She has worked as a multimedia journalist with Indian Express and Hindustan Times in the past. Also an activist, Geetanjali enjoys reading, writing poetry and prose, doing photography and having conversations on conflict, gender, sexuality and menstrual health.
Jayashree is a social activist, educationist and organic farmer based in Indore. She is passionate about the farm and sustainability-related issues. She is deeply interested in understanding the situation of farmers through sustainable farming practices and connecting them to urban consumers to bridge the urban-rural divide. She co-founded Adharshila Shikshan Kendra, a project to build a counter-narrative to government schooling by presenting new avenues for learning and definitions of knowledge.
Manoj is a reporter journalist based in Ranchi. He has been a Chief Reporter at Prabhat Khabar. Before this, he worked with Hindustan (Hindi) for nearly a decade. Manoj holds a Bachelors degree in journalism from Ranchi University, Jharkhand. His interest lies in issues of agriculture, environment and labour. He is a recipient of a fellowship from the Government of Jharkhand to work on the topic of mental health. For more than two decades, he has been reporting on the mining activities of coal companies and the struggles of trade unions. He has been invited to several national and international conferences on environment and agriculture.
Tejee Isha is an academic and writer. She has contributed to prestigious media platforms, including Amar Ujala, Dainik Jagaran, Stree Kaal, and BBC etc. She has also been a joint editor of several Hindi magazines including 'Tana-Bana' and monthly 'Gambhir Samachar'. Tejee has published several articles and research papers, with a special focus on the cultural and social life in the Northeastern states in India.