PhD Researcher in Anthropology and Sociology
Spoken languages
English, Hindi
Areas of expertise
  • Anthropology of Development
  • Disaster
  • Ecology
  • Conservation, biodiversity
  • Climate Change
  • Ecology
  • Crises and Climate Change
  • Biodiversity and Societal Interactions
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • India

PhD Thesis


PhD Supervisor: Shaila Seshia Galvin

Expected completion date: 2025




John is a PhD student at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute. He joined the Centre for International Environmental Studies as a Research Assistant on the SNF project Accounting for Nature: Agriculture and Mitigation in the Era of Global Climate Change, headed by Shaila Seshia Galvin.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Botany and Chemistry from St. Joseph’s College; a master’s degree in Disaster Management from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai; and a second master’s degree in Anthropology and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science as a Commonwealth Scholar.
His interest in understanding the dynamics of change at the interface between society, environment and development has guided his work on issues of biodiversity conservation, climate change, disasters, agriculture, and water security in India. In the past, he has worked with NGOs, Multi and Bilateral organisations, and State and Central Government Ministries on varied development issues across different regions in India.


Research Interests


  • Agriculture
  • Value[s] and Valuation
  • Forests and Land Use
  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Climate Change Mitigation in Agrarian Settings


Relevant Publications and Works


Paulraj, J & Andharia, J. (2015). Resilience of Indigenous Peoples to Disasters: An exploration of practices of Konyak Community, Nagaland. European Scientific Journal. Special Edition. Vol 1.


Fellowships, Grants and Awards


Commonwealth Scholarship 2018




Centre for International Environmental Studies (CIES)