EDGES is pleased to welcome new postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Mayuri Sengupta.
Dr. Sengupta is a Banting postdoctoral fellow in the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. Her work focuses on the gendered implications of local forest management in Tripura (Northeast India) by drawing attention to how tribal women are subjected to particular forms of power hierarchies in engaging in environmental management. She is interested in examining how gender, class, ethnicity and other identity markers simultaneously intersect to produce newly emerging subjectivities that deepen our understanding of struggles over forest use and management. Simultaneously her study also examines how these subjectivities are continually transformed through practices and policies when tribal women attempt to overcome constraints of local forest management. To undertake this study, she will adopt intersectionality as an analytical tool in examining how in the context of local forest management gendered subjectivities are produced and reproduced at the intersections of multiple axes of power. Adopting an intersectional methodology is particularly relevant in the context of forest ecologies in Northeast India where a simplistic understanding of gender divisions of labor within tribal communities dominate local development policies and academic literature. Her work has important implications for environment conservation and natural resource management policies in India and elsewhere in South Asia where identity categories are often considered as fixed and concrete categories emphasising on a single aspect of social difference and inequalities in resource use.
Mayuri has completed her PhD from the University of New South Wales. Her dissertation analysed the impacts of state-led development on tribal minorities in Tripura and examined how development shapes the relations between the postcolonial Indian state and ethnic minorities particularly those living in the margins. Mayuri has published her work in journals such as Forum for Development Studies, Asian Ethnicity, Journal of South Asian Development and Development in Practice. Currently, she is working on her book manuscript based on her doctoral dissertation titled “‘We are mere insects with a dark past.’ Understanding Development, the State, and Ethnicity in Tripura (Northeast India)”.
An interview with Dr. Sengupta, highlighting her research interests and what attracted her to this postdoc, can be found here: https://www.postdocs.ubc.ca/spotlight/mayuri-sengupta