Recent lectures and webinars
I presented the Environment and Society plenary at the Annual Meeting of the British Sociological Association on April 20, 2022 on "Towards an ethic and practice of reparation: Learning from and through informal work."
I was a commissioner on the Cambridge Sustainability Commission's high-level report on Scaling Sustainable Behavior Change which argues that policymakers should focus on the polluter elite to trigger a shift to more sustainable, low-carbon behaviors, while providing affordable, low-carbon alternatives to poorer households. Here is a link to the webinar Cambridge Sustainability Commission Webinar on Scaling Sustainable Behavior Change in April 2021 and to my interview on BBC World about the report.
Critical Sustainable Consumption: A transformative research agenda. My talk at the Sociological Forum hosted by the Institute for Sociological Research, University of Geneva, May 2019
Class, poverty and urban sustainability in Bangalore, India, University of Utah, Global Change and Sustainability Seminar Series, Salt Lake City, November 2016, A write-up of my talk here
Opening plenary of the International Conference on Sustainable Lifestyles, Livelihoods and the Circular Economy, that I co-chaired. Hosted by the Institute for Development Studies and the University of Sussex, June 2017
Building Back Better: circular economy policies in South Asia, circular economy policy analysis for Chatham House Royal Institute for International Affairs Energy and Environment Program
Segregation- a core concept in discard studies. for the Discard studies compendium, written with Aman Luthra , George Washington University
In Bangalore, crisis in waste management forces change. My article in The Hindu about Bangalore's waste crisis and lessons for other cities
A day in the life of a waste picker. My article in The Alternative about waste work and waste picker rights
Talking waste with pourakarmikas, My article in The Alternative about what Bangalore's sanitation and conservancy workers think of the zero waste movement
The overconsuming parasite, A blogpost reflecting on what the Oscar-winning movie Parasite reveals about over and under-consumption, inequality and space in cities.
Articles about my research
The perks of parks through the lens of Chennai, my brilliant former student, Brianna Olsen wrote this summary of my research examining the ways green spaces support sustainable well-being in city for the Chicago Policy Review
A politics of possibility. A blogpost on my research on informality and zero waste management written by Liz Ivkovich of the Global Change and Sustainability Center, University of Utah
Its not easy being green. UC Berkeley's Social Science Matrix profile's my research on sustainable consumption in Bangalore