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Deepak Bhat

Living with elephants: conservations and plantations in the Western Ghats, India.

Deepak's  thesis is an attempt to answer the question: How to live with wild elephants in a changing landscape? This study investigates the relationship between Adivasi people and wild elephants in and around the Nagarahole Tiger Reserve of the Kodagu District in South India, incorporating a multispecies ethnography to study the contact zone between humans and elephants.This study emphasis the inclusion of local ecological and cultural knowledge in wildlife conservation incentives, highlighting the awareness that is quite common among the Adivasi people, that elephants possess agency and intelligence.

I am a  PhD Student at the Centre for Research in Evolutionary, Social and Inter-Disciplinary Anthropology at the University of Roehampton. In 2017 I completed an M Phil specialising  in Environmental Humanities from University of Cape Town.