Dhanasree Jayaram is a Ph. D. candidate at the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal University, Karnataka, India. Her working thesis is entitled – Military Dimensions of Environmental Security: An Indian Perspective. She is currently a Visiting Ph. D. Scholar at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Leiden, the Netherlands. She received the Eramsus Mundus – Inter-Disciplinary Bridges in Indo-European Studies (IBIES) short-term Ph. D. fellowship (for 10 months) in 2014. She is the Senior Commissioning Editor-Climate/Environment Editor at E-International Relations, an online resource for students of international politics, diplomacy and global governance as well as Contributing Analyst, Wikistrat, world’s first crowdsourced consultancy. She is also the Project Associate and Associate Student Editor at the Manipal Advanced Research Group – Science, Technology and Security Forum. She completed her Master’s in Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal University in 2012. She has been researching and writing on environmental security, politics, diplomacy and sustainability since joining her Master’s programme at Manipal University.
She received the Outreach Fellowship of Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS) – a defence think tank in New Delhi, India – in 2011. Through this fellowship, she published a single authored volume – Breaking out of the Green House: Indian Leadership in Times of Environmental Change. Before enrolling for Ph. D. at Manipal University, she held the positions of Research Associate and Associate Fellow at CAPS in the Energy, Environment and Resource Optimisation Programme. She was awarded a scholarship place at the International Summer School (Global Climate Change: Environment, Technology and Society at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom, held during July 21, 2012-August 11, 2012.
Besides research papers, she is also a regular contributor to New Security Beat, the blog of the Environmental Change and Security Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Global Times (Chinese newspaper), American Security Project, International Policy Digest and The Hindu – Business Line (Indian Newspaper) among others. She has presented papers/given lectures in various international conferences (including one organised by Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania and the Strategic Studies Institute of the United States Army War College in 2013). As a Teaching Assistant at the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal University in 2013, she taught the course – Geopolitics, Security and Environmental Change – offered to Master’s students. She has worked with environmental NGOs such as Greenpeace International on issues such as climate change, genetically modified food crops, waste management, and energy conservation among others during her under-graduation.