Dr. Kabra completed her PhD in Economics in February 2008 from the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her doctoral work was on the impact of conservation-induced displacement on the livelihood of poor and marginal Adivasi communities. This was among India’s first full length studies of such displacement. Her areas of interest include a development economics (especially conservation-induced displacement, poverty, rural livelihoods, natural resource dependence, Adivasi livelihoods and dryland agriculture), economic history and political economy.
Asmita Kabra is an economist who joined the School of Human Ecology at AUD after about 15 years of undergraduate teaching in the University of Delhi. She taught at the Department of Economics, Ramjas College, University of Delhi from July 1995 till January 2010.
Dr. Kabra has worked on a number of research projects, studies and consultancies related to conservation-induced displacement in various Protected Areas in India. She has presented papers at various academic conferences in India and abroad on this subject.
Dr. Kabra combines research with a range of hands-on development projects at the grassroots level. She is one of the Founder Trustees of Samrakshan Trust, an NGO working for socially just conservation in various states of India. She is also the President of Adharshila, an organization working for meaningful education for underprivileged rural children in district Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh.
During 2007-08, Dr. Kabra served as Member of the Asia Group of the WSPA/CEESP Task Force on Protected Areas, Equity and Livelihoods of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). During 1997-2001, she volunteered with the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI), an all-India association of individuals working for wider dissemination of the right to information as an instrument of transparency, accountability and good governance.