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Amit Kaushik

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PhD Student, Integrative Conservation & Anthropology

Amit is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Integrative Conservation (ICON) and Anthropology, specializing in Ecological and Environmental Anthropology, at the University of Georgia. Simultaneously, he holds the position of an External PhD Scholar at the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, India. His doctoral research looks at the intersection of conservation science and social & environmental justice in Central India, with a particular focus on the complex interactions between humans and wildlife. 

Before joining UGA, Amit earned an MA degree in Environment and Development from the School of Human Ecology at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University Delhi (2016). Additionally, he holds a B.Com (Hons.) degree in Commerce from the University of Delhi (2012). Following his master's program, Amit worked with WII (2018-2021). During this period, he worked with a large team and contributed to the development of the Landscape Management Plan for the Greater Panna Landscape in Central India. This plan has been implemented by the Government of India. 

Of note:

At-Large Board Member, Social Science Working Group, Society for Conservation Biology (2022-24); Chair, Communications Committee, Social Science Working Group

President, Anthropology Graduate Student Organization, University of Georgia (2022-23)

Research Areas:
Research Interests:

environmental anthropology, anthropology of conservation, environmental justice, politics of knowledge & translation

Selected Publications:

Masters Research:

“Habitat-Use Interactions between Kiang (Equus kiang) & Changpas (Nomadic Pastoral Community) in Tsokar basin, Ladakh.” Supervisor: Dr. Suresh Babu, Co-Supervisor: Dr. Asmita Kabra. Unpublished MA Thesis, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University Delhi, India. 2016. 


1. Wildlife Institute of India, 2022. Integrated Landscape Management Plan for Greater Panna Landscape, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.


2023 UGA Arts Collaborative Mini-Grant, UGA Arts Collaborative, University of Georgia

2023 UGA Graduate Research Award, Willson Center for Arts & Humanities, University of Georgia

2023 AAG GSAG Research and Support Award, Graduate Student Affinity Group, American Association of Geographers

2022 UGA Communication of Research & Scholarship Grant, Graduate School, University of Georgia

2022 a2ru Scholar Award, The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities




M.A., Environment & Development, School of Human Ecology, Ambedkar University Delhi, 2016

B.Com.(Honors), Commerce, University of Delhi, 2012


Articles Featuring Amit Kaushik

PhD student Amit Kaushik recently published a blog with Engagement, a blog published by the Anthropology & Environment Society, American Anthropological Association. 

Dr. Bram Tucker, an associate professor at the Department of Anthropology, spoke with the UGA Office of Research to share his personal and intellectual evolution that led him to become a cultural…

Amit Kaushik, a PhD student at the University of Georgia Department of Anthropology, recently released the article…

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