F-2, CTARA Building

Girija Godbole

Ex-Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Areas

– Anthropology

– Gender

– Natural Resource Management

– Communication and uptake

Academic Background

PhD, University of Cambridge
Thesis title: “Selling land is the beginning of the end for us”: Understanding rural people’s perspectives on the impacts of increasing land sale in western Maharashtra, India.

M.Phil (Environment, Society, Development), University of Cambridge

M.Sc (Anthropology), University of Pune

B.Sc (Botany), Ferguson College, Pune

Positions Held

– Consultant Anthropologist, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai; Project titled: The socio-anthropological study of Dhangar Community in Maharashtra

– Consultant Gender and Ecological Restoration, World Resources Institute, India; Designed & taught ‘Introductory course in anthropology’, Centre for Liberal Arts, Symbiosis College, Pune

– Consultant, Winrock International India

– Project Coordinator, University of Cambridge (DFID NRSP R8280) Research project titled ‘Understanding stake holders’ perceptions on participatory forest management in India’

– Researcher & writer, Centre for Communication & Development studies, India

– Project Officer, World Wide Fund for Nature, India

Courses Taught

Qualitative Research Methods


Godbole, G. (2014) ‘Revealing and concealing: ethical dilemmas of manoeuvring identity in the field’ in Lunn, J. (Ed.) Fieldwork in the Global South: Ethical Challenges and Dilemmas Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge pp: 85-95

Godbole G. (2006) Mendha (Lekha): A case study on self rule for sustainable natural resource management in Stakeholder Participation in Environmental Governance published by LEAD India

Godbole G. (2006) Building bridges for greener future: Analyzing Maharashtra State Participatory Forest Management Network in Insights from the field: studies in Participatory Forest Management in India, Winrock International India

Godbole G. & Vira B. (March 2004). Towards an alternative politics: People’s movements join the electoral process. InfoChange News & Features, India

Godbole G. (April 2003) Two women & a flying squad, InfoChange News & Features, India

Godbole G. (January, 2003) Free meals make them dependent, so should they go back to eating grass? InfoChange News & Features, India

Godbole G. (2002) Working paper on ‘Joint forest Management and Gender in India’ for Engendering Eden Project of the UK government