Dr. Prakash Kashwan’s research and scholarship focuses on global environmental governance, environmental politics, environmental inequalities, and political economy of environment & development. He is the author of Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania, and Mexico (Oxford University Press, 2017) and articles in Ecological Economics, Regional Environmental Change, Land Use Policy, Journal of Environmental Management, International Journal of the Commons, Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Global Environmental Politics. He has also contributed popular commentaries to the Washington Post and the Guardian, among others.

Dr. Kashwan is a member of the Earth System Governance Project’s newly formed Taskforce on Planetary Justice, and the Academic Working Group on International Governance of Climate Engineering convened by the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, Washington D.C. He was among the winners of 2009 Young Scientist Research Award from the International Foundation for Science (IFS), Stockholm. He may be reached via email at prakash.kashwan@uconn.edu.


  • 2017. Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania, and Mexico. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • 2017. “Inequality, Democracy, and the Environment: A Cross-National Analysis” Ecological Economics. 131: 139–151     2016. “Integrating Power in Institutional Analysis: A Micro-Foundation Perspective” Journal of Theoretical Politics, 28(1): 5-26.
  • 2016. “Power Asymmetries and Institutions: Landscape Conservation in Central India” Regional Environmental Change, 16: S97–S109
  • 2016. “What Explains the Demand for Collective Forest Rights Amidst Land Use Conflicts?” Journal of Environmental Management, 183, 657-666.    2015. “Forest Policies, Institutions, and REDD+ in India, Tanzania, and Mexico” Global Environmental Politics, 15(3): 95-117.
  • Kashwan, Prakash, and Robert Holahan. 2014. “Nested Governance for Effective REDD+: Institutional and Political Arguments” International Journal of the Commons, 8 (2).
  • 2013. “The Politics of Rights-based Approaches in Conservation” Land Use Policy, 31: 613-626.

Selected Writings in Popular Press:   

  • 2017. Bigotry against indigenous people means we’re missing a trick on climate change. The Guardian (Working in Development, Opinion). November 15, 2017. https://www.theguardian.com/working-in-development/2017/nov/15/bigotry-against-indigenous-people-means-were-missing-a-trick-on-climate-change
  • 2017. Political intermediation for just sustainabilities. OUP Blog. April 18, 2017. https://blog.oup.com/2017/04/political-intermediation-environment/
  • 2017. To conserve tropical forests and wildlife, protect the rights of people who rely on them. The Conversation. April 6, 2017. https://theconversation.com/to-conserve-tropical-forests-and-wildlife-protect-the-rights-of-people-who-rely-on-them-74802    2016. Protecting nature in an unequal world. Entitle Blog: A Collaborative Writing Project on Political Ecology. December 22, 2016. https://entitleblog.org/2016/12/22/protecting-nature-in-an-unequal-world/
  • 2016. Governments, Not People, Tend to Benefit from Land Conservation. Washington Post (MonkeyCage). November 1, 2016. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/11/01/land-grabbing-or-global-conservation-the-answers-might-surprise-you/     2015. Who Benefits from REDD+? Lessons from India, Tanzania, and Mexico. New Security Beat. August 4, 2015. Wilson Center. https://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2015/08/benefits-redd-lessons-india-tanzania-mexico/