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Divya Gupta

Binghamton University
United States
Email divyagupta6 [at] gmail [period/dot] com

I am an interdisciplinary scholar and my work operates at the intersections of governance, development and justice. My research largely focuses on self governance and community-based adaptation to changes like climate and the pandemic. I argue that although self-governance is important and matters a great deal, there are circumstances when external intervention in the form of state, non-state actors or even networks of actors and institutions is necessary.


Gupta, D., Fischer, H., Shreshta, S., Ali, S.S., Chhatre, A., Devkota, K., Fleischman, F., Rana, P. (2021). “Dark and bright spots in the shadow on the pandemic: Rural livelihood, state support, and local governance in India and Nepal.” World Development.

Fleischman, F., Basant, S., Fischer, H., Gupta, D., Lopez, G.G., Kashwan, P., Powers, J., Ramprasad, V., Rana, P., Rastogi, A., Solorzano, C.R., Schmitz, M. (2021). “How Politics Shapes the Outcomes of Forest Carbon Finance.” Current opinion in Environmental Sustainability.

Fleischman, F, Basant, S, Chhartre, A., Coleman, E.A., Fischer, H., Gupta, D., Guneralp, B., Kashwan, P., Khatri, D., Muscarella, R., Powers, J., Ramprasad, V., Rana, P., Solorzano, C.R., Veldman, J.W. (2020) “Pitfalls of tree planting show why we need people-centric natural climate solutions.” Bioscience.

Nicols, C, E., Jalali, F., Ali, S, S., Gupta, D., Shrestha, S., Fischer, H. (2020). “The gendered impacts of COVID-19 amidst agrarian distress: Opportunities for comprehensive policy response in agrarian South Asia.” Politics and Gender.

Gupta, D., Lele, S and Sahu, G. (2020). ” Promoting a responsive state: The role of NGOs in decentralized forest governance in India.” Forest Policy and Economics.

Sadler, A, and Gupta, D.(2019). “Indigenous Australians and Resources Access: Comparative Analysis of Inclusive Policies.” Indigenous Policy Journal.

Koontz, T., Gupta, D., Mudliar, P., Ranjan, P. (2015). “Adaptive Institutions in Social-Ecological Systems Governance: A synthesis Framework.” Environmental Science and Policy 53, 139-151.