Arvind Geetha Christo

Arvind Geetha Christo

Arvind Geetha Christo

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Sociology: Development, development-induced displacements, social movements, rural protests, social relations, indigeneity, and ethnography

Having completed my graduate studies (Masters, 2017) from the School of Ecology and Environmental Studies at Nalanda University, India; I am now dedicated to pursuing my PhD. Prior to this, I worked as Admissions Editor at Princeton Review - Manya Education, New Delhi, after completing a traineeship as the Sub - Editor, The New Indian Express, Chennai. 

I have done my graduation internship at People’s Archive of Rural India under the guidance of P. Sainath, recipient of The Ramon Magsaysay Award, and Namitha Waikar. During this period, I have conducted an ethnographic study on the Kattunayakan tribal community, a hunting and gathering tribal group in Kerala.

My familiarity with fieldwork studies and various research methodologies come from my dissertation work conducted during my graduation at Nalanda University. Herein, I focused on the environmental turn of the People’s Science movement- ‘Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad (KSSP)’ and its involvement in the anti-displacement movement regarding the government-sponsored Silent Valley hydroelectric project in Kerala. Recently, I have conducted an independent research work on the topic titled “Development-induced Displacement: A Case Study of Kathputli Colony in Delhi” to understand the present livelihood scenario of the Jhuggi Jhopri communities with a special reference to the post-displacement as a part of Delhi Development Authorities’ in-situ rehabilitation project.

Education

Ph.D. (Sociology) George Mason University (In progress). 

M.A. (Ecology and Environmental Studies), Nalanda University, Bihar, India. 

B.A. (English), Prajyoti Niketan College, University of Calicut, Kerala, India.