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Ambika Aiyadurai

Assistant Professor
  • BSc: Saurashtra University, Gujarat, 1994
  • MSc: Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, 2001
  • MSc: University College London, 2009
  • PhD: National University of Singapore, 2015

Email: a.ambika -AT- iitgn.ac.in
Office: 4/327
VOIP: 2514

Research Interests: Biodiversity conservation, Human-animal relations, Natural resources management, Iindigenous people and livelihoods, Conservation and development


  • Book Chapter
  • Journal Articles
  • Articles
  • Papers
  • Reviews
  • Aiyadurai, Ambika and Velho, N., “The last hunters of Arunachal Pradesh: the past and present of wildlife hunting in North-east India", in Conservation from the margins, Orient BlackSwan, 2018, ISBN: 9789352872824.
    Aiyadurai, Ambika, “Hunting in Northeast India and the challenges of implementing the wildlife protection act”, in Nature conservation in the new economy: people, wildlife and the law in India, New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan, pp. 31-54, 2019, ISBN: 9789352876136.
  • Aiyadurai, Ambika, “Tigers are our brothers: understanding human-nature relations in the Mishmi Hills, Northeast India”, Conservation and Society, DOI: 10.4103/0972-4923.197614, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 305-316, Oct. 2016.
    Aiyadurai, Ambika and Lee, Claire Seungeun, “Living on the Sino-Indian border: the story of the Mishmis in Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India”, Asian Ethnology, vol. 76, no. 2, pp. 367-395, 2017.
    Aiyadurai, Ambika, “The multiple meanings of nature conservation: insights from Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh”, Economic and Political Weekly, vol. 53, no. 39, pp. 37-44, Sep. 2018.
    Aiyadurai, Ambika, “Voices from Dibang valley: Idu Mishmi, wildlife biologists and a wildlife sanctuary”, Current Conservation, vol. 14, no. 1, 2020.
    Aiyadurai, Ambika and Banerjee, Sayan, “Bird conservation from obscurity to popularity: a case study of two bird species from Northeast India”, GeoJournal, DOI: 10.1007/s10708-019-09999-9, Mar. 2019.
    Aiyadurai, Ambika, “A tribute to Ajeimai Yun”, Current Conservation,, vol. 13, no. 3, 2019.
  • Aiyadurai, Ambika and Velho, Nandini, "Wildlife hunting in the North East is much more complex than the simple act of killing", Scroll.in, Dec. 11, 2016.
    Aiyadurai, Ambika, “Online education, social justice and digital exclusion”, Teacher Plus, Aug. 2020.
  • Aiyadurai, Ambika, "Wildlife conservation in India: from policy to practice", in the Workshop sponsored by Centre for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania, New Delhi, IN, Nov. 04-05, 2016.
    Aiyadurai, Ambika, "Can tigers be our brothers?: Changing human-animal relations in the Mishmi Hills, Northeast India", in the Workshop on Trans-species Listening and Rights of Nature: Legal persons beyond the Human, Duke Global Asia Initiative and Duke Nichols School of the Environment, Durham, US, Oct. 5, 2018.
    Aiyadurai, Ambika Li, Yunxia and Banerjee, S., "Wildlife conservation and the role of local communities: perspectives from India and China", in the Yunnan-Burma-Bengal Corridor: Process Geographies in the Making of Modern Asia, Yunnan Minzu University, CN, Apr. 17-19, 2018.
  • Aiyadurai, Ambika, “Review of the book Religion and Ecological Sustainability in China, by James Miller, Dan Smyer Yu and Peter van der Veer”, Journal of Chinese Religions, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 230-233, Nov. 2019.
    Aiyadurai, Ambika, “Review of the book Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India’s Central Himalayas by R. Govindrajan”, Conservation & Society, DOI: 10.4103/cs.cs_19_138, 2020.
    Aiyadurai, Ambika, "Review of Caste and nature: dalits and Indian environmental politics by Mukul Sharma", Seminar, vol. 704, pp. 66-68, Apr. 2018.
    Aiyadurai, Ambika, “Review of the book Understanding human ecology: knowledge, ethics and politics by Devi, T. V. Geetha”, Seminar , vol. 730, Jun. 2020.