Ravi Baghel is a PhD candidate (Geography) working on the role of expert knowledge in human-environmental interactions, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Marcus Nüsser and  Prof Dr. Peter Meusburger. He is a member of the Graduate Programme of the Cluster of Excellence: Asia and Europe in a Global Context. His dissertation uses a biographical case study method to analyze the criticism of large scale river control projects in India.The research is based on the published work and in depth interviews with Indian expert/activists, who have focused on countering “expert knowledge” on rivers as their primary or major strategy of environmental activism.

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


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