Rashmi Singh

Rashmi Singh

PhD Candidate,
School of Human Ecology
Registered in 2015



The agencies of development and modernization have influenced the pastoral communities all over the highlands. These socio-economic changes have had different effects on the traditional and institutional use of rangelands which are unique to a given culture, society and geography. On the other hand, notion of ‘overgrazing’ by pastoral communities have resulted in constant efforts of restriction and sedentarisation in different parts of world. However, no studies in the Eastern Himalayas have looked at the relationship between pastoralism, rangeland health and biodiversity conservation in totality which is not only a significant gap in our understanding of these systems, but also something which is largely missing from conservation discourse. My doctoral research i) examines socio-economic changes in the pastoral society of West Sikkim in last two decades and ii) document the changes in the vegetation composition and diversity of rangelands in response to different grazing pressures in West Sikkim.



Rashmi did her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Life Sciences at Delhi University and completed her Master’s degree in Environment and Development at the School of Human Ecology, Ambedkar University Delhi.For her Master’s dissertation she worked with the high altitude program of Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) wherein she examined the traditional management of rangelands by the local communities in the backdrop of a changing socio-economic scenario in Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh. Thereafter she worked as an independent consultant to examine the relationship between people and elephants and to evaluate the effectiveness of the HWC mitigation measures being implemented by NCF in the Valparai Plateau. Later, she was research assistant in ICSSR funded projecttitle Mapping Socio-ecological vulnerabilities in Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh. Her interest lies in understanding the issues of resource management and nature conservation in the mountain societies using ethnographic, historical and political-ecology approaches.