Sheetal Patil

Consultant - Academics & Research | spatil at iihs dot ac dot in

EDUCATION:

2017   MA, Economics, CV Raman University, Bilaspur

2012   BA, Economics, EIILM University, Sikkim

2009   BA, Computer Application, IGNOU

 

 

   

Countries: India
States: Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand
Cities: Bangalore, Mysore, Ranchi, Shimla, Jabalpur, Pune, Uttarkashi
Languages: English, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada

Sheetal worked as Research Associate and Senior Research Associate at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) for 11 years and later as a faculty member at the Azim Premji University for nine years before joining IIHS.

 

Sheetal’s domain of research, practice and teaching at the IIHS School of Environment and Sustainability will be focused on integrated agri-food systems, especially on urban and peri-urban food systems, food and ecosystems service, climate change adaptation and urban sustainability.

 

She will contribute to the IIHS Long-Term Urban Ecological Observatory (LUTEO) through research and practice that involves integration of food-water-ecology dimensions, linking urbanisation; sustainable development; urban agriculture and food systems; and urban nature-based solutions.

 

With academic training in economics and field experiences in agri-food systems; agro-ecology and sustainability have formed a pivot of her research and teaching over the past two decades. The book that she co-authored in 2019, ‘Agrarian change and urbanization in Southern India: City and the Peasant’, unpacks the agro-ecological impacts of urbanisation with an attempt to unravel the complex maze and diversity amidst a notable persistence of small farms, which are large in number, yet invisible in Indian agriculture.  She has been collaborating with IIHS in the recent past on urban food gardens and urban agriculture.

 

She spends her leisure time either with trees or experimenting with food in her kitchen.

Journal Articles

  • Rao, N., Patil, S., Singh, C., Roy, P., Pryor, C., Poonacha, P., & Genes, M. (2022). Cultivating sustainable and healthy cities: A systematic literature review of the outcomes of urban and peri-urban agriculture. Sustainable Cities and Society, 104063. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2022.104063
  • Singh, C., Patil, S., Poonacha, P., Koduganti, M., & Sharma, S. (2021). When the “field” moves online: Reflections on virtual data collection during COVID-19. Ecology, Economy and Society–the INSEE Journal, 4(2), 149-157. https://doi.org/10.37773/ees.v4i2.414
  • Patil, S., Vanjari, R. S., & Purushothaman, S. (2018). Urbanisation and new agroecologies: the story of Bengaluru’s peripheries. Economic and Political Weekly, 53(41), 71-79.
  • Purushothaman, S., & Patil, S. (2017). Regional economies and small farmers in Karnataka. Economic and Political Weekly, 52(46), 78-84.
  • Patil, S., Reidsma, P., Shah, P., Purushothaman, S., & Wolf, J. (2014). Comparing conventional and organic agriculture in Karnataka, India: Where and when can organic farming be sustainable?. Land use policy, 37, 40-51. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2012.01.006
  • Purushothaman, S., Patil, S., & Francis, I. (2013). Assessing the impact of policy-driven agricultural practices in Karnataka, India. Sustainability Science, 8(2), 173-185. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-012-0188-y
  • Purushothaman, S., Patil, S., Francis, I., König, H. J., Reidsma, P., & Hegde, S. (2013). Participatory impact assessment of agricultural practices using the land use functions framework: case study from India. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management, 9(1), 2-12. https://doi.org/10.1080/21513732.2012.721005
  • Purushothaman, S., Patil, S., & Francis, I. (2012). Impact of policies favouring organic inputs on small farms in Karnataka, India: a multicriteria approach. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 14(4), 507-527. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10668-012-9340-1

 

Books/Book Chapters

  • Rao, S. S., Dhanya, B., & Patil, S. (2022, Forthcoming). Food systems in transition: The case of the Solega in Karnataka. Aakar Books.
  • Patil, S., Nguyen, T. T., Dhanya, B., Purushothaman, S., & Hoffmann, E. (2021). Temporal dynamics of land use change and spatial urbanization indices in the rural-urban interface of Bengaluru over the past three decades. In E. Hoffmann, A. Buerkert, S. von Cramon-
  • Taubadel, K. B. Umesh, P. P. Shivaraj, & P. J. Vazhacharickal (Eds.), Rural-urban interface: An interdisciplinary research approach to urbanisation processes around the Indian megacity Bengaluru (pp. 21-34). Springer.
  • Seshadri, S. R., Dhanya, B., Patil, S., & Vanjari, R. S. (2021) Flourishing amidst ecological pressures: Insights from the experience of Solegas of Karnataka, India. In J. Dutta, S. Goswami, & A. Mitra (Eds.), Multidimensional approaches to impacts of changing environment on human health (pp. 194-206). Routledge.
  • Patil, S., & Purushothaman, S. (2020) Landowners as non-farm workers – A case of small farmer migrants in Karnataka. In D. Mishra, & P. Nayak (Eds.), Land and livelihoods in neoliberal India (pp. 85-102).  Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Purushothaman S., & Patil, S. (2019) Agrarian change and urbanization in Southern India: City and the peasant. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-8336-5
  • Purushothaman, S., & Patil, S. (2019). Contemporary Agrarian questions—an introduction. In Agrarian Change and Urbanization in Southern India (pp. 1-23). Springer.
  • Purushothaman, S., & Patil, S. (2019). Family farms in Agrarian literature—A Critique. In Agrarian change and urbanization in southern India (pp. 25-52). Springer.
  • Purushothaman, S., & Patil, S. (2019). Study approach, processes and methods. In Agrarian change and urbanization in southern India (pp. 53-75). Springer.
  • Purushothaman, S., & Patil, S. (2019). Agrarian ecology and society in the study regions: A historical perspective. In Agrarian Change and Urbanization in Southern India (pp. 77-99). Springer.
  • Purushothaman, S., & Patil, S. (2019). Agriculture in the era of urbanisation. In Agrarian change and urbanization in southern India (pp. 101-117). Springer.
  • Purushothaman, S., & Patil, S. (2019). The city and the peasant—family farms around Bengaluru. In Agrarian change and urbanization in Southern India (pp. 119-152). Springer.
  • Purushothaman, S., & Patil, S. (2019). Family farms around Ramanagara. In Agrarian change and urbanization in Southern India (pp. 153-182). Springer.
  • Purushothaman, S., & Patil, S. (2019). Agricultural urbanism—family farms around Mandya. In Agrarian change and urbanization in Southern India (pp.183-211). Springer.
  • Purushothaman, S., & Patil, S. (2019). Family farms in Yadgir district. In Agrarian change and urbanization in Southern India (pp. 213-244). Springer.
  • Purushothaman, S., & Patil, S. (2019). Withering family farms. In Agrarian change and urbanization in Southern India (pp. 245-282). Springer.
  • Patil, S., & Purushothaman, S. (2018) Methods for integrated sustainability assessment: The case of smallholder farming in Karnataka, South India. In R. Brinkman, & S. J. Garren (Eds.), The Palgrave handbook of sustainability: Case studies and practical solutions (pp. 261-281). Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Purushothaman, S., Abraham, R., & Patil, S. (2013). Tropical farms as social-ecological systems: Tools for assessment. In A. Christinck, & M. Padmanabhan (Eds.), Cultivate diversity! a hand book on transdisciplinary approaches to agrobiodiversity research (pp. 163-183). Margraf.
  • Patil, S., Purushothaman, S., & Gsottbauer, E. (2013). Economic instruments to reconcile conservation and livelihoods: Analysing the potential of bamboo in Karnataka. In S. Purushothaman, & Abraham, R. (Eds.), Livelihood strategies in Southern India: Conservation and poverty reduction in forest fringes (175-187). Springer.
  • Dhanya, B., Purushothaman, S., & Patil, S. (2013). Rural collectives for livelihoods and conservation: Lessons from Malè Mahadeswara Hills, Karnataka. In S. Purushothaman, & R. Abraham (Eds.), Livelihood strategies in Southern India: Conservation and poverty reduction in forest fringes (109-133). Springer.
  • Purushothaman, S., & Patil, S. (2013). Land-use practices and regulations to reduce poverty: lessons from Anaikatty, Tamil Nadu. In S. Purushothaman, & R. Abraham (Eds.), Livelihood strategies in Southern India: Conservation and poverty reduction in forest fringes (157-174). Springer.

 

Other Writing

  • Seshadri, S. R., & Patil, S. (2022, May 09). Climbing down from ivory tower. Deccan Herald. https://www.deccanherald.com/opinion/climbing-down-from-ivory-tower-1107850.html
  • Purushothaman, S., Patil, S., Vanjari, R., & Shwetha, A. R. (2021). Urban effluents and peri-urban agriculture – mapping farmers’ perspectives (Working Paper Series No. 20). Azim Premji University.
  • Bhingarde, A., Patil, S. (2020, August 30). Building ‘Backyards’ better – an approach for urban agriculture in India. The Hans India. https://www.thehansindia.com/life-style/building-backyards-better-an-approach-for-urban-agriculture-in-india-642687
  • Rao, S. S., Rishikesh, P., Prasad & Patil, S. (2020) Handling classroom hunger: A comparison of different modes of delivery of the mid-day meal program in Anekal Block, Karnataka (Working Paper Series No. 19). Azim Premji University.
  • Purushothaman, S., Patil, S., & Lodha, S. (2016). Social and environmental transformation in the Indian peri- urban interface – emerging questions (Working Paper Series No. 1). Azim Premji University.