I am a SEED-funded PhD student in Human Geography. My research investigates the politics and performativity of ‘climate-resilience’ in connection with hydrosocial relations in Sri Lanka’s dry zone region. Focusing empirically on Sri Lanka’s tank cascade systems (village irrigation systems), I seek to understand how regimes of truth and discourses of climate-resilience attempt to shape and produce hydrosocial relations in specific (and uneven) ways.
This project builds on previous research I’ve conducted in Sri Lanka which pointed towards a disconnect between climate change programming and the everyday realities, vulnerabilities, and desires of diverse smallholder farmers in the dry zone. Through this research, I hope to further explore and offer ways to address this disconnect by working with smallholder farmers to identify more contextually relevant, socially equitable and environmentally just responses to climate change and related vulnerabilities.
Methodologically, I am interested in exploring qualitative methods that seek to address the power imbalances imbued in field research (e.g., counter cartographies, transect walks, etc).
I am lucky enough to be undertaking my PhD under the supervision of Dr. Nate Millington, Dr. Alison Browne, and Prof Erik Swyngedouw. I am a member of the Society and Environment Research Group (SERG) and the Agrarian Change and Political Ecology Research Group (within the Global Development Institute).