Ritwika Basu

Senior Research Associate - Practice | rbasu at iihs dot ac dot in

2013    MSc, Natural Resources Management, TERI University, Delhi
2010    BSc, Chemistry (Hons), Fergusson College, Pune University, Pune



Countries: India, Nepal
States: Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerela
Cities: Bengaluru, Kolkata, Delhi, Pune
Languages: English, Hindi, Bengali

Ritwika Basu earned MSc in Natural Resources Management from TERI University, New Delhi, India. Her Master’s thesis project at IFP Pondicherry, which was supported by Ruffords Small Grants Foundation, assessed the economic and conservation potential of native trees in human dominated landscapes (coffee agroforestry systems) of the Western Ghats. Before this, she worked on a short project with WWF-I, where she mapped the socio-political and cultural factors mediating human-tiger conflict in five villages bordering the Sundarban Tiger Reserve in West Bengal. This work was supported by the Critical Landscape Studies Grant, WWF.


At IIHS, Ritwika is involved in the ongoing climate change adaptation program CARIAA with the ASSAR consortium. Her work investigates how social differentiation mediates differential vulnerability of individuals and communities across spatial and temporal scales. The study closely analyses the causalities of rural and urban vulnerabilities with regional development dynamics in select semi-arid regions of Karnataka along a rural-urban continuum. She also provides project management support, teaching assistance and other institutional support.


Prior to joining IIHS, she worked with the Public Affairs Centre where she was part of the Environmental Governance Group. Among other things, she was responsible for conducting primary research on mapping financial instruments for enabling renewable energy uptake in Karnataka. Part of her work also included research and advocacy around issues of decentralised solid waste management, energy and climate change adaptation.

Research Projects at IIHS

 2014 onwards Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR)

Previous Teaching Experience

2013 Assisted in designing and curating teaching material for an online course on ‘Leadership in Conservation’, BNHS, Bombay.
  • Presented work on migrant experiences of circular migrants in the city of Bangalore, captured through a poster, at the conference- ‘CityScape’, hosted by DWIH in Delhi, 2016.
  • 2013 Presentation on Financing Low Carbon Growth in Karnataka at a roundtable conference hosted by IFMR and Shakti Foundation.