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Shangrila Joshi

Associate Professor
The Evergreen State College

Dr. Shangrila Joshi is a scholar interested in the human dimensions of global climate change, with a focus on environmental and climate justice, and institutions of commons governance. Her academic preparation is in the fields of Environmental Studies, Geography, and International Affairs. Her research has examined global climate policy and politics, within a political ecology theoretical framework. She is interested in continuing these investigations through the lens of Newa Indigeneity.

Biography

Dr. Joshi is a Member of the Faculty in Climate Justice at The Evergreen State College. She has a doctoral degree in Environmental Sciences, Studies, and Policy, with Geography as the focal discipline, from the University of Oregon; a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Ohio University; and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Sciences from St. Xavier’s College, Kathmandu University. Her dissertation 'Justice, Development, and India's Claim to Environmental Space: A Postcolonial Political Ecology of the Atmospheric Commons' examined North-South climate politics leading up to the Copenhagen Climate Conference, focused on the position of India on debates and negotiations to create a fair burden-sharing agreement for global climate mitigation. Her post-Ph.D. research has critically examined the Clean Development Mechanism and REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) as they have been implemented within Nepal, with an eye towards understanding how they are transforming social relations in the local context, particularly as they relate to the forest commons. Shangrila is a Newar from Lalitpur, Nepal, and spent her formative years there, as well as in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Kabul, Afghanistan. She is fluent in Nepali, Nepal Bhasa (Newa Bhaye), Hindi, and English. She is the proud mother of a delightful young man who has cheerfully accompanied her on most research journeys; and who amazes her everyday with his thoughtfulness, intelligence, creativity, and self-discipline.

Education

    Ph.D., University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 2011
    M.A., Ohio University, Athens, OH, 2004
    B.Sc. St Xavier's College, Kathmandu University, Nepal, 2001

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Dr. Joshi's academic expertise is in the areas of environmental and climate justice,  political ecology, critical development studies, and global climate politics.

Personal Interests

    "As of 2021, I realize I have spent an equal number of years, 19, in my home country of Nepal, and in my adoptive country of the United States," says Dr. Joshi, adding that she has also lived in Bangladesh and Afghanistan for five years. "The tensions between rootedness and mobility, and the connections between place, ritual, and identity are of immense interest to me. While growing up in Nepal, I was immersed in Newar culture and traditions at home, but was steeped in Western epistemological and ontological approaches of understanding the world within spaces of formal education." Having lived and worked in the 'West' for almost two decades, she now feels "a burning desire to advance my scholarly knowledge and understanding of Newar identity, culture, and ecological practices. I have started to research the Guthi, which I understand as a multi-faceted Newar cultural institution that shapes much social and cultural life in the Kathmandu Valley, and historically served as a form of resource governance." Dr. Joshi is currently interested in studying the history of the Guthi, in order to understand its broader significance for social and ecological resilience.

Books

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Articles

The AAG Review of Books

Book Review Fora: Climate Change Justice and Global Resource Commons


Published: Apr 12, 2024 by The AAG Review of Books
Authors: Dinesh Paudel, Brandon Derman, Galen Murton, Costanza Rampini, and Shangrila Joshi
Subjects: Geography , Asian Studies, Environment and Sustainability

In this review forum article, four geographers offer commentary on Joshi's 2021 book 'Climate Change Justice and Global Resource Commons: Local and Global Postcolonial Political Ecologies' with Joshi offering a response. This forum article builds on an 'Author Meets Critics' panel discussion on the book that was held during the 2022 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers.

The AAG Review of Books

Book Review Fora: Struggles for Climate Justice


Published: Apr 10, 2024 by The AAG Review of Books
Authors: Tracey Osborne, Patrick Bond, Zoltan Grossman, Jennifer Rice, Shangrila Joshi, and Brandon Derman
Subjects: Geography , Environment and Sustainability, Law

In this review forum article, five geographers offer commentary on Brandon Derman's 2020 book 'Struggles for Climate Justice: Uneven Geographies and the Politics of Connection' with Joshi offering one of the commentaries. This forum article builds on an 'Author Meets Critics' panel discussion on the book that was held during the 2022 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers.

Climate, Science and Society: A Primer

Climate Justice: Taking Back the Commons


Published: Dec 05, 2023 by Climate, Science and Society: A Primer
Authors: Shangrila Joshi
Subjects: Geography , Asian Studies, Environment and Sustainability

This book chapter reviews key frameworks in understanding different dimensions of climate justice, namely, distributive, participatory, and transformative justice, and argues for more expansive understandings of participatory and transformative justice. Drawing on research on Nepal's community forestry and Newa Guthi, the author illustrates how reclaiming the commons is critical for transformative climate justice; and argues that epistemic justice is central to the success of these imperatives.

Routledge Handbook of Global Environmental Politics, edited by Paul Harris, 2nd edition.

North-South Relations: Colonialism, Empire and International Order.


Published: Mar 25, 2022 by Routledge Handbook of Global Environmental Politics, edited by Paul Harris, 2nd edition.
Authors: Shangrila Joshi
Subjects: Political Science, Geography , Environment and Sustainability

This book chapter provides an updated overview of the history and contemporary status of North-South relations, with a particular focus on how these dynamics have been shaped by and in turn how they have shaped prospects for addressing global environmental change. It surveys the development of global environmental politics and scholarly debates about the validity of the geographical categories Global North and Global South and how they intersect with conversations in critical development theory.

Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics

The Poetics and Politics of Nature


Published: Feb 07, 2020 by Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics
Authors: Shangrila Joshi
Subjects: Geography , Environment and Sustainability

This article reviews poet and fellow Evergreen faculty member Professor Leonard Schwartz' books of poetry IF, At Element, Capitol Forest, and The New Babel. It reads and analyzes Schwartz' eco-poetics through a lens of political ecology; discusses the complementarity of the two approaches of seeking to understand and articulate nature-society dynamics; and reflects on the worthwhile challenges of interdisciplinary collaboration between these two seemingly incommensurable intellectual endeavors.

Voices from the Sylff Community

REDD+ and the Forest Commons in Nepal


Published: Nov 22, 2019 by Voices from the Sylff Community
Authors: Shangrila Joshi
Subjects: Geography , Environment and Sustainability

Shangrila Joshi held workshops and a forum on REDD+, one of the climate mitigation initiatives, for forest community users in Nepal, with funding from Sylff Leadership Initiatives. Although REDD+ is widely promoted as a global effort to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, Joshi argues that the implementation of associated projects often lacks informed consent by all stakeholders, and it is often the case that community forest users are left out from the discussion.

Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences

Collaborative Teaching and Interdisciplinary Learning in Graduate Environmental Studies


Published: Jan 30, 2018 by Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences
Authors: Kevin Francis, Martha Henderson, Erin Martin, Kathleen Saul, and Shangrila Joshi
Subjects: Environment and Sustainability

This article discusses strategies for fostering interdisciplinary and collaborative learning goals in the field of Environmental Studies. The authors, who are faculty members in The Evergreen State College’s Graduate Program on the Environment, have designed and team-taught numerous graduate programs together. In this article, they reflect on 30 years of graduate teaching, learning, and collaborations, including the challenge of creating equitable social dynamics in teaching teams.

Center for Sustainable Infrastructure

Household Use of Biogas Systems in the Developing World


Published: May 02, 2016 by Center for Sustainable Infrastructure
Authors: Shangrila Joshi
Subjects: Geography , Environment and Sustainability

This article presents an overview of a climate mitigation program, the Clean Development Mechanism, as it has been implemented in Nepal in the context of alternative energy projects, specifically biogas. Drawing on fieldwork conducted during 2013, it describes how the biogas projects are understood to contribute to global greenhouse gas reduction as well as locally relevant sustainable development, before going on to raise critical questions about their implementation and purported benefits.

ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies

Visceral Geographies of Whiteness and Invisible Microaggressions


Published: Jul 17, 2015 by ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies
Authors: Shangrila-Priscilla-Elizabeth Joshi-McCutcheon-Sweet
Subjects: Geography

This article draws on Critical Race Theory, and theories of racial microaggressions and visceral geographies to analyze the experiences of geographers of color in the United States, showing how whiteness permeates the social, institutional, and intellectual spaces of geography at multiple scales. The article is the outcome of an AAG/NSF funded collaborative research project involving focus group interviews conducted at the 2012 Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Handbook of Political Ecology, edited by Raymond Bryant, Edward Elgar.

Postcoloniality and the North-South Binary Revisited: The Case of India’s Climate Politics


Published: Apr 11, 2015 by Handbook of Political Ecology, edited by Raymond Bryant, Edward Elgar.
Authors: Shangrila Joshi
Subjects: Geography , Environment and Sustainability

This book chapter takes stock of various strands of argument within postcolonial theory, bringing them in conversation with one another and with critical geopolitics and global environmental politics to elucidate the ways in which North-South power dynamics are being contested and re-inscribed in the context of global climate politics. The author invites political ecologists and other critical scholars to be reflexive about their possible complicity with the status quo.

News

Critical Edge Alliance summer course on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

By: Shangrila Joshi
Subjects: Environment and Sustainability

   

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE JUSTICE: Beyond the Emergency

By: Shangrila Joshi
Subjects: Environment and Sustainability

   

Faculty Notes | Shangrila Joshi | 2022-2023

By: Shangrila Joshi
Subjects: Environment and Sustainability, Geography

  

Critical Edge Alliance 2022 Conference: Acting in Higher Education in Response to Climate Change

By: Shangrila Joshi
Subjects: Environment and Sustainability

   

Faculty Notes | Shangrila Joshi | 2021-2022

By: Shangrila Joshi
Subjects: Environment and Sustainability, Geography

  

Event: Climate Justice in Global Context, Climate Justice and Resilience Speaker Series (Virtual)

By: Shangrila Joshi
Subjects: Environment and Sustainability

   

First Learning Session of WA Climate Assembly

By: Shangrila Joshi
Subjects: Environment and Sustainability

   

SLI Awards for Projects to Empower the Local Community and Facilitate Climate Justice

By: Shangrila Joshi
Subjects: Environment and Sustainability

   

2017 Indigenous Climate Justice Symposium

By: Shangrila Joshi
Subjects: Environment and Sustainability

   

Videos

Ethical Considerations around Climate Policy and Climate Justice

Published: Jan 10, 2021

In this presentation given to the Washington Climate Assembly, Dr. Joshi describes climate justice as a multi-faceted and multi-scalar notion, arguing for a commons-oriented climate policy framework. She discusses various approaches for understanding climate inequalities and envisioning just solutions in global and local contexts, and offers numerous examples and a vision for how to avoid tragedies of the atmospheric and local resource commons.

Climate Justice in Global Context

Published: Feb 24, 2021

In this public lecture, Dr. Joshi focuses on the question of how to think of the notion of climate justice as racial justice -- as prevalent in the United States -- in a broader global context. Inviting the audience to transcend US-centric conceptualizations of climate and racial justice, she suggests that the structure of North-South inequality should be viewed as a manifestation of institutionalized, systemic racism on a global scale.

World Newah Organization Khanla Banla Broadcast Episode 53

Published: Sep 20, 2021

In this bilingual conversation (English and Newa Bhaye), UK-based Pasa Puchah Guthi past-president Sanyukta Shrestha interviews Dr. Joshi about her book and the resonance of the notion of the commons with Guthi, an ancient resource governance structure practiced in the Kathmandu valley by the Newah. Dr. Joshi discusses various ways in which Newa rituals, traditions, and mythologies have meaning and relevance for climate resilience in historical and contemporary contexts.

Decolonizing the Resource Commons in a Multiscalar Political Ecologies Framework

Published: Jun 28, 2023

In this keynote, Dr. Joshi argues for two key ways to decolonize the resource commons: 1. governance of resources by communities with a vested interest in the long term sustainability of the resource; 2. epistemic justice. The key idea is that Indigenous communities should not only be trusted to govern their own resources but to do so by utilizing their own knowledge systems. While this sometimes occurs in heritage conservation work, its importance for climate resilience is often underestimated.