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About Roopali Phadke

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.


Present Associate Professor, Environmental Studies, Macalester College

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  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Citizen Science
  • Sustainainable Development and the Global Future

Contact Information

Macalester College
Olin/Rice 249b
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 696-6802


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Contributions to Books (2)