Amita Baviskar is currently Professor of Sociology, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. After studying Economics and Sociology at the University of Delhi, she received her PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University. Her research focuses on the cultural politics of environment and development in rural and urban India. A recipient of the 2010 Infosys Prize for Social Sciences, she was also awarded the 2005 Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for Distinguished Contributions to Development Studies, and the 2008 VKRV Rao Prize for Social Science Research. Her writings explore the themes of resource rights, popular resistance and discourses of environmentalism.