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Dr Rekha Bhangaonkar 

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Land Economy

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. Central to my research is identifying means or pathways of building resilient and sustainable food production systems. I am interested in modelling the human-natural resource interactions in the light of the Socio-ecological systems framework. In my current project, titled Landscape Regeneration Solutions to the Interlinked Extinction and Climate Crises that support Sustainable Development, I am working with farmers and farm businesses in the Fenland region of the UK to reduce carbon emissions from agriculture. The role here is to inform the government of policies necessary to assist this transition. In another ongoing project, TIGR2ESS (Transforming India’s Green Revolution through Research and Empowerment for Sustainable Food Supplies), I am working with farming communities and agriculture outreach institutions to identify tools and pathways for managing groundwater based irrigation systems in the state of Maharashtra, India.

I teach and supervise undergraduates and postgraduates in papers Economics I -Microeconomics, Institutions and Development, Land Policy and Development Economics, and Human Development and Education. 

I have a doctoral degree from the University of Cambridge and a master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay and Madras Christian College.