Arvind Geetha Christo

Arvind Geetha Christo

Arvind Geetha Christo

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Sociology: Development, Development-induced Displacement, Conservation-induced Displacement, social movements, rural protests, indigeneity, and ethnography.

Having completed my graduate studies (Masters, 2017) at the School of Ecology and Environmental Studies at Nalanda University, India; I am now dedicated to pursuing my Ph.D. from the Department of Socialogy and Anthropology, George Mason University. 

I have done my graduation internship at the 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 conducted an ethnographic study on the Kattunayakan tribal community, hunting and gathering tribal groups in Kerala.

My familiarity with fieldwork studies and various research methodologies comes from my dissertation work conducted during my graduation from 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. Moreover, I 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.