As an environment-society scholar, Phadke’'s work over the last decade has focused on how river basin technologies, such as dams and canals, can be more sustainable and democratically designed and managed. Her research interests are in the areas of community based environmentalism and the role of citizens and citizens’ groups in technical and scientific decision making. Her dissertation, “Some Water for All: People’s Science Lessons from the Krishna Valley,” examined how governmental paradigms can be replaced by new hybrids that combine state expertise with meaningful citizen participation. Her approach is comparative but includes a focus on South Asian experience, particularly in India. Her research incorporates insights from Environmental Studies, Comparative Politics and Science and Technology Studies. Her goal is to produce proactive, policy relevant research. EDUCATION: B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Cornell University; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz Phadke has been teaching at Macalester since 2005.
Public Deliberation and the Geographies of Wind Justice, Science as Culture (2013)
Resisting and Reconciling Big Wind: Middle Landscape Politics in the New American West, Antipode (2011)
Review of 'Waterscapes: The Cultural Politics of a Natural Resource,' ed. Amita Baviskar (Permanent Black, 2007), Contributions to Indian Sociology (2011)
Contributions to Books
Green Energy, Public Engagement, and the Politics of Scale, Routledge Handbook of Science, Technology, and Society (2014)
Reclaiming the Technological Imagination: Water, Power, and Place in India, Knowing Nature: Conversations at the Intersection of Political Ecology and Science Studies (2010)
A humbling, surreal path to the honor of citizenship, Minneapolis Star Tribune (2008)