Ruchika has more than a decade of experience of conducting evidence-based research, programme management, assessments and evaluation related to various aspects of natural resource management, gender, poverty inequity issues, inter alia. She has worked in three different work environments – policy research, academic research and teaching, and grassroots field implementation. Her work focuses on governance challenges that water/forest/natural resources faces in the current liberalised economy.
Ruchika’s PhD is in Development Studies from the Center for Development Research (ZEF) University of Bonn. She holds a Masters in Politics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Masters in Development Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) the Hague, part of Erasmus University Rotterdam. She also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi. Her undergraduate degree is in Economics and Political Science from Delhi University.
Ruchika has worked in various capacities with World Resources Institute India; World Bank, New Delhi; ZEF Bonn; TERI University New Delhi; University of Massachusetts Amherst; The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) New Delhi; Development and Research Services (DRS) New Delhi; and Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) Dahod. Her work experience with different organisations has given her an opportunity to work in interdisciplinary environments with diverse set of actors -local communities, grassroots level institutions, government departments, NGOs, bilateral and multilateral organisations, partner organisations and funders.
Ruchika’s research interests are political sociology of water/forest/natural resource management; environment and development; forest governance issues – hurdles in implementation of forest rights act and community resource management issues; forest restoration; water governance and politics: urban and rural; relation between state and environment in South Asia; media and activism around environment; social movements, environment and development; land tenure governance and gender issues.