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Riya Sharma

Graduate Student

Anthropology, Sociocultural


Building & Room:

BSB 2102/MS027


1007 W. Harrison Street


I am a cultural anthropologist interested in green consumer economies and how these intersect with ecological traditions and state patronage structures in South Asia. My current research studies diverse eco-ethical imaginaries that inform the production and consumption of sustainable lifestyle products in south India, particularly in the State of Andhra. I explore how the ecological credentials of organic, natural and eco-friendly lifestyle products are constructed, disseminated and transformed across production, distribution and consumption spaces. This project builds on my previous field experience in alternative educational institutions in the region of Andhra Pradesh and my MPhil dissertation on the concept of “ethical consumption.”

Selected Grants

University Grants Commission of India, Junior Research Fellowship, 2017, Fellow

University of Delhi, Department of Sociology, Shri Shiv Lal Sawhney Scholarship, 2016, Awardee

University of Delhi, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Scholarship, 2015, Awardee


2017, MA in Sociology from University of Delhi
2015, BA in English from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi

Licensures and Certifications

Qualified on the UGC National Eligibility Test for Assistant Professor in Sociology

Selected Presentations

2019 What is Sustainable about Organic Farming?: An Anthropological Reading; Entangled Natures: A Conference on Human Ecology, Ambedkar University Delhi, New Delhi, India (14 February)

2019 Fair Trade, Fairness and Ethical Consumption; International Conference on Sustainable Development and the World Economy, Department of Commerce, Janki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India (February 4)

2018 The Self and Other of Fair Trade: Reflections on Advertisements for Cafédirect Coffees; 11th Next-Generation Global Workshop, Kyoto University Asian Studies Unit, Kyoto, Japan (November 10)

2016 ‘There is Something about Rishi Valley’: Locating the Intent for an Alternative School in History; Education Discussion Forum, D.S Kothari Centre for Science, Ethics and Education, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India (August 26)