Vidya Viswanathan


Vidya Viswanathan is the Research Lead at Environmental Justice Program. She is the co-author of a number of articles and papers understanding the efficacy of environmental regulations in protecting ecology and managing social conflicts induced by land use changes on the ground.

As an environmental and social justice researcher her interest areas include methods of strengthening environmental governance, including regulations, with a focus on building better and collaborative interfaces between citizens and regulators to promote India’s ecological security.

Prior to joining CPR, Vidya has worked with both environmental organizations and the Government through her stints at the WWF and the Ministries of Labour & Employment and Rural Development.

She has a Masters in Social Work with a specialization in Community Organization and Development Practice from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and a Bachelors in Economics from the University of Delhi.