Shaila Seshia Galvin_2018


Affiliated with the Centre for International Environmental Studies
Spoken languages
English, French, Hindi
Areas of expertise
  • Agriculture, land and rural development
  • Civil society, social movements, Trade Unions, NGOs
  • Climate, climate change, natural disasters
  • Conservation, biodiversity
  • Development, cooperation and aid policies
  • Emerging countries
  • Environment, environmental policies, law, and economics
  • Globalisation
  • Governance, local and international
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • South Asia


Environment and Society
Anthropology in/of Institutions
Histories, Theories and Practices of Development
Agrarian Worlds
ANSO Doctoral Research Seminar I: Themes and Debates



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Shaila Seshia Galvin conducts research at the intersection of environmental, political, and economic anthropology. She holds a PhD in Anthropology and Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale University. Her recent research focuses on processes of agrarian change, particularly in India, and has addressed issues related to sustainable agriculture as well as agricultural biodiversity and intellectual property.  Professor Galvin is currently completing a book manuscript, based on her doctoral research in northern India, which explores the rise of commercial organic agriculture and along with it third-party certification, standardisation and contract farming in the first decades of the 21st century.  Her future research will examine intersections of agriculture and bioeconomies, as well as the proliferation of audit technologies and accounting methodologies as tools of environmental management and governance




Becoming Organic: Nature and Agriculture in the Indian Himalaya, Manuscript in progress.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

2018. "Interspecies Relations and Agrarian Worlds."  Annual Review of Anthropology 47:233-49

2018. "The Farming of Trust: Organic Certification and the Limits of Transparency in Uttarakhand, India."  American Ethnologist 45 (4):495-507

2016. ‘Ecology of the Himalaya,’  Oxford Bibliographies.  New York: Oxford University Press. (reviews received November, 2014)

2014. ‘Organic Designs and Agrarian Practice in Uttarakhand, India,’ Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment: The Journal of Culture and Agriculture, 36(2): 118-128.

2011.  ‘Nature’s Market: A Review of Organic Certification,’  Environment and Society: Advances in Research, 2, 48-67.

1998. ‘Divide and Rule in Indian Party Politics: The Rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party,’ Asian Survey, Volume 38 (November): 1036-1050.

Book Chapters

2006.  ‘Farming and Food Research: Participation and the Public Good,’ with Tom MacMillan. In
Ethics, Law and Society. Eds., Jenny Gunning and Søren Holm. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Published Articles, Reports and Reviews

2006.  ‘Packaging Nature, Marketing the Environment: New Work on Science Frictions’, Anthropology News, 47 (6), September.  (Co-author with Jeremy Campbell, Nikhil Anand, Adam Henne, and Amelia Moore)

2004.  Review of Does Civil Society Matter?  Governance in Contemporary India, Rajesh Tandon and Ranjita Mohanty, in Pacific Affairs, 77(3): pp: 593-594.

2003.  ‘Understanding Access to Seeds and Plant Genetic Resources: What Can a Livelihoods Perspective Offer?’ with Ian Scoones.  Livelihoods Support Programme Working Paper No. 6. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

2003. ‘Seed Trails and Sustainable Livelihoods: Understanding Access to Seeds and Plant Genetic Resources.’ Livelihoods Support Programme, Briefing Note No. 3. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

2003. ‘Tracing Policy Connections: The Politics of Knowledge in the Green Revolution and Biotechnology Eras in India’, IDS Working Paper No. 188. Brighton: Institute of Development Studies. (co-authored with Ian Scoones)

2003.  ‘Livelihood Dynamics: Rural Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe’, IDS Bulletin, 34(3), pp. 15-30. (Co-author)

2003.  ‘The Rural Poor, the Private Sector and Markets: Changing Interactions in Southern Africa’,
IDS Bulletin, 34(3), pp. 64-78. (Co-author

2003.  ‘Decentralisations in Practice in Southern Africa’, IDS Bulletin, 34(3), pp. 79-96. (Co-author) 2003.  ‘Rights Talk and Rights Practice: Challenges for Southern Africa’, IDS Bulletin, 34(3), pp. 97-
111. (Co-author)

2002.  ‘Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights in India: Law-making and the Cultivation of Varietal Control,’ Economic and Political Weekly, 37 (27), pp. 2741-2747.


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