Dr. Bikku Rathod has joined as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, University College of London (UCL), London, UK, under the supervisions of Prof. Katherine Homewood and Dr. Jerome Lewis. He has been awarded the National Overseas Scholarship (NOS). He obtained his M.A, M. Phil and Ph.D. degrees in Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad. His Ph.D. (2017) thesis titled “Religion and Sustainable Conservation of Nature: A Case of Bishnois in Rajasthan” was under the supervisors of Prof. M. Romesh Singh and Prof. K. K. Misra of the Department of Anthropology. His Post-doctoral research focuses on ‘Mobile Pastoralists of Western Rajasthan (Raika).’

He is a social-cultural anthropologist, whose research interest areas are Ecological/Environmental anthropology, religion and ecology, sustainability, conservation, pastoralism and ecology, desert ecology, climate change, political ecology; Tribes in India, the social structure in India.

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