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Arpitha Kodiveri

Vassar College

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Arpitha Kodiveri is an environmental law and justice scholar and assistant professor of political science at Vassar College. Her work focuses on the role of law in the context of redressing climate harms faced by indigenous communities in South Asia. Her previous research examines land conflicts and legal mobilization by forest-dwelling communities in India. She has worked as an environmental lawyer supporting Adivasi and forest-dwelling communities in India. She is the receipient of the Hans Kelsen Fellowship at the EUI and the Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship

Country(ies) of Specialty

Bangladesh India Indonesia

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Climate law and litigation Climate Justice Social movements

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1. Matthew Shutzer, Arpitha Kodiveri; “A Vast Bed of Combustible Fuel”: Sovereign Power and the Underground Commons in the Indian Anthropocene. Radical History Review 1 January 2023; 2023 (145): 13–36. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/01636545-10063567

2. Arpitha Kodiveri (2021) Our land is banked: forest rights, consent and the invention of a legal exception as land banks, The International Journal of Human Rights, 25:7, 1148-1167, DOI: 10.1080/13642987.2021.1874938

3. Arpitha Kodiveri (2018) Wildlife First, People Later? Forest Rights and Conservation – Towards an Experimentalist Governance Approach 9 J. Indian L. & Soc’y 39 (2018)


Arpitha Kodiveri, Governing Forests: State, Law and Citizenship in India’s Forests (Melbourne University Press, 2024).


Book Chapters

1. Arpitha Kodiveri, ‘From Being Adivasi to Becoming Climate Warriors: Transformation in the Politics of Recognition and Legal Mobilization in India’s Coal Rich Areas’ in Research Handbook on Law, Movements and Social Change, edited by Steven A. Boutcher, et al., Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 2023. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/nyulibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=30669068.

2. Kodiveri, Arpitha. (2022). Climate Change Litigation in India: Its Potential and Challenges. 10.1017/9781009106214.025.