Shruti works at the intersection of vulnerable communities, resource management and climate change. An economist by training, she believes in economics of the people.
Shruti has worked with grassroots organizations as well as in policy think tanks and in business. Her scope of work has included natural resource management, forest rights, rural livelihoods and community mobilisation.
Her work geographies cover some of India’s most beautiful landscapes – from the Central Himalayas, to the tribal pockets of the Nilgiris biosphere, to semi-arid northern Karnataka. What she cherishes most from these experiences is her connections with local communities, each in their own language. She has learnt the central importance of empowering communities and is convinced that ground level change cannot happen unless local people are facilitated to drive it.
- Arora-Johnsson, Agarwal, Pierce Colfer et al, 2020, SDG 5: Gender Equality – A precondition for Sustainable Forestry, Sustainable Development Goals: Their Impacts on Forests and People, Cambridge University Press
- S Agarwal and Ajay Kumar Saxena (2017). The Puzzle of Forest Productivity: Are Forest Development Corporations Solving It Right? New Delhi: Centre for Science and Environment
- Shruti Agarwal and Ajay Kumar Saxena (2018). People’s forests: Is community forest resource governance the future of India’s jungles? New Delhi: Centre for Science and Environment
- Shruti Agarwal et al, 2018, Rethinking REDD+: A CSE assessment. New Delhi: Centre for Science and Environment