About

Dr. Ravi Baghel is a geographer working in the field of climate change adaptation in the context of human-water interactions. His regional foci are South Asia and West Africa. He is currently based as a Lecturer in Geography at Heidelberg university and has been teaching courses on socio-hydrology, political ecology, sustainable development and political geography at various universities in Germany. He received his PhD in Geography from Heidelberg University, Germany under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Marcus Nüsser and Prof Dr. Peter Meusburger. He has more than 10 years of experience in conducting qualitative and quantitative research in the context of sustainable development, climate change adaptation and water issues. He has conducted expert evaluations of climate change adaptation projects in India for various institutions.

Previously, he has coordinated an international research project on water issues in Accra, Ghana. His research themes have included “large dams and river control in India”, “climate change adaptation through artificial glaciers in Ladakh, India” and “vulnerability tand risk in urban flooding in the coastal city of Accra, Ghana”. His research in developing countries of Asia and Africa have been published in many venues and include a monograph, an edited volume, peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and are available on request. He speaks Hindi, English, German and Chinese and has Bahasa Indonesia and Persian on his to-do list.

Selected publications:

  • Nüsser, M., Dame, J., Kraus, B., Baghel, R., & Schmidt, S. (2019). Socio-hydrology of “artificial glaciers” in Ladakh, India: Assessing adaptive strategies in a changing cryosphere. Regional Environmental Change, 19(5), 1327–1337. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-018-1372-0
  • Baghel, R., Stepan, L., & Hill, J. K. W. (Eds.). (2017). Water, Knowledge and the environment in Asia: Epistemologies, practices, locales. Routledge: London. Frick-Trzebitzky, F., Baghel, R., & Bruns, A. (2017). Institutional bricolage and the production of vulnerability to floods in an urbanising delta in Accra. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 26, 57–68. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2017.09.030
  • Nüsser, M., & Baghel, R. (2017). The emergence of technological hydroscapes in the Anthropocene: Socio-hydrology and development paradigms of large dams. In B. Warf (Ed.), Handbook on geographies of technology (pp. 287–301).
  • Edward Elgar. Baghel, R., & Nüsser, M. (2015). Securing the heights: The vertical dimension of the Siachen conflict between India and Pakistan in the Eastern Karakoram. Political Geography, 48, 24–36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2015.05.001
  • Baghel, R. (2014). River control in india: Spatial, governmental and subjective dimensions. Springer: Dordrecht, Heidelberg, New York & London.
  • Nüsser, M., & Baghel, R. (2014). The emergence of the cryoscape: Contested narratives of Himalayan glacier dynamics and climate change. In B. Schuler (Ed.), Environmental and climate change in South and Southeast Asia: How are local cultures coping? (pp. 138–156). Brill.
  • Baghel, R. and M. Nüsser (2010). Discussing large dams in Asia after the World Commission on Dams: Is a political ecology approach the way forward? Water Alternatives 3(2): 231-248.

Official webpage: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ravi_Baghel

Associated Crosscutting Themes Power Knowledge Scale. His Masters studies had a focus on Globalisation as part of the Global Studies Programme, and he was awarded an M.A. in Social Sciences by the University of Freiburg, Germany and University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He received a B.A. (Honours) degree in Chinese at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His research interests include Governmentality, Political Ecology, Representations and Power/Knowledge in human-environmental interactions.

He is an editor of Transcience- a journal of global studies Publications: Baghel, R. and M. Nüsser (2010). Discussing large dams in Asia after the World Commission on Dams: Is a political ecology approach the way forward? Water Alternatives 3(2): 231-248. Link to article Official webpage: http://www.asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de/en/people/graduate-students/details/persdetail/baghel.html Associated Crosscutting Themes Power Knowledge Scale