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Dr Harry Fischer IV Academic, Sociology

I hold a joint affiliation in the Department of Social Inquiry at La Trobe University and the Australia India Institute at the University of Melbourne. My research explores the intersection between environmental governance, rural development, and democratic politics in rural India.

I hold a PhD in the Department of Geography at the University of Illinois (2014). My doctoral dissertation looked at decentralization and the implementation of India's National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) in Himachal Pradesh, India.

Between January 2015 - August 2016, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Public Policy at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. During this time, I worked with the Revitalizing Rainfed Agricultural Network (RRA) and with the Sentinel Landscapes research project, a global multi-collaborator effort led by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

At present, I have ongoing research on responses to climate change and water management in the Indian Himalayas. I am also starting a new project with several colleagues on the social impacts of artificial afforestation (tree plantation) in Himachal Pradesh, India. This project will integrate remote sensing analysis of landscape change with a primary data collection of forest use and livelihoods. It has been funded by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Please see my website and my ResearchGate Profile for further information about my projects past and present.


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