Purabi's work of two decades in international development has ranged from action research, impact assessment of research to collaborative policy research. Qualitative research remains main focus using visual ethnography, critical social research, policy analysis, and narratives.
TRIBAL INDIA, NEPAL, ETHIOPIA: Decentralisation & Environmental Governance
Beginning 1997, as a practitioner (NGO), she took the first step through ethnographic action research using participatory rural appraisal approach with marginal communities in semi-arid remote tribal districts (Panchmahal, Dahod, Jhabua and Banswara scheduled areas) of western India. She supported a comparative analysis of Common Pool Resources, a triangular collaboration between Norway, Ethiopia and India. She pioneered and led a regional network. Conservation and Development for Environment Forum (CDEF) involving over 350 village forest committees and multi-stakeholders including Forest Department in western India.
One of her fellowship studies examined the policy implications of decentralisation process for democratically elected government body at the village level (panchayats) after introduction of the PESA Act, 1996. Also, she worked on community-based forest management in Nepal.
INDONESIA, BRAZIL, LAOS, ZIMBABWE: Impact Assessment of Research
By 2004, she was focussing on impact analysis research and designing methodologies with an underlying purpose to enhance institutions' capability to embed impact assessment and monitoring & evaluation in research. She assisted (CIFOR) in analysing impact of partnership/ collaborative research, systematic literature review and developed guidelines and methods for integrating impact assessment within research projects based in Indonesia (Java and Sumatra), Brazil (Belem/ Amazonia), Zimbabwe (Mapfungautsi).
BOLIVIA, COLOMBIA, INDIA, UGANDA: Rights-Based Approach
In 2009, as an academic scholar, Purabi began combining qualitative sociological tools and quantitative environmental science methodologies in her interdisciplinary research. This was specifically focussing on the rights-based approach of food sovereignty, forest and nature conservation policy, and study of commons and property rights .
In her book, Forest Rights, Wageningen University, Purabi shares knowledge about the conceptual framework of 'micro-politics' and 'forest governmentality' in relation to Foucault's 'governmentality'. She argues that micro-politics framework is useful for analysing the politico-legal and socio-cultural dimensions of forest governance by indigenous peoples.
Her collaborative inter-disciplinary work reflects through her recents publications of edited volumes and special issues for journals on gender and land tenure, and climate change on vulnerable populations. The human dimension of gender equity and social diversity - women, Indigenous Peoples, pastoralists - has been integral part of her work and got highlighted during her tenure in (CIAT) Latin America.
MEXICO, INDIA, HIMALAYAS, TIBET: Politics of Conservation & Climate Change
It's 2018: Her independent scholarship takes a fresh look using her on-the-ground policy engagement and leadership skills successfully overlapping social and natural landscape issues. Specifically examining comparative women's land tenure and agriculture along with climate vulnerability, land-use change in indigenous territories, commercial plantations, sustainable energy and gender in Mexico, food security, citizenship & identity, indigenous knowledge vis-a-vis wildlife (read: snow leopard in Indian Himalayas and tiger project) conservation.
Geographically, my direct and indirect global research projects has been in
A glimpse to some of her most recent publications
PEER-REVIEWED INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ARTICLES
2019. Bose, P. Oil palm vs. shifting cultivation for indigenous peoples: Analyzing Mizoram's New Land Use Policy. Land Use Policy, 81:115-123.
2017. Bose, P. Land tenure and forest rights of rural and indigenous women in Latin America: Empirical research. Women’s Studies International Forum, 65: 1-8.
2017. Bose, P., et al. Women’s rights to land and communal forest tenure: A way forward for research and policy agenda in Latin America Women’s Studies International Forum, 65: 53:60.
2017. Bose, P. Climate adaptation: Marginal populations in the vulnerable regions. Climate and Development, 9 (6): 575-578.
2016. Ravera, F., I. Iniesta-Arandia, B. Martín-López, U. Pascual, and P. Bose. Gender perspectives in resilience, vulnerability and adaptation to global environmental change. AMBIO 45 (S3): 235-247.
2015. Bose, P. India’s dryland agroforestry: A ten-year analysis of gender and social diversity, tenure and climate variability. International Forestry Review 17 (S4): 82-97.
2014. Bose, P. and van der Meulen, B. The law to end hunger now: Food sovereignty and genetically modified crops in tribal India – a socio-legal analysis. Penn State Law Review, 118 (4): 893-918.
In Press 2018. Velazquez, M., Vasquez, V., Bose, P., and Luca, A. Género, energia y sustentabilidad, Mexico, CRIM/UNAM
(English translation: Gender, Energy and Sustainability)
2016. Bose, P., van Dijk, H. (Eds.). Dryland Forests: Management, Gender and Social Diversity in Asia and Africa. Switzerland, Springer Publication. ISBN 978-3-319-19405-9.
2014. Bose, P. and Savyasachi. (Eds.). Landscaping Actually: Forests to Farms through a Gender Lens. E-book Communication on global Forest and integrating gender, Cali.
2012. Bose, P. Forest rights: The micro-politics of decentralisation and forest tenure reform in tribal India. Pages xvi+185. ISBN 978-94-6173-273-6. (http://edepot.wur.nl/212101);
GUEST EDITOR FOR SPECIAL ISSUES
2017. Bose, P. (Ed.), Latin American women’s access to farmland and communal forests. Special Section in Women’s Studies International Forum, 65
2017. Bose, P. (Ed.) Climate adaptation: Marginalized populations and vulnerable regions. Climate and Development journal, (s1) Virtual Special Issue Open Access
2016. Ravera, F., I. Iniesta-Arandia, B. Martín-López, U. Pascual, and P. Bose. Gender perspectives in resilience, vulnerability and adaptation to global environmental change. Ambio 45, Supplement 3
Accepted 2018. Bose, P. India's Right to Food Act: Human Rights for Tribal Communities' Forest Food. Wageningen University Press.
2016, van Dijk, H and Bose, P. Dryland landscapes: Forest management, gender and social diversity in Asia and Africa. In Ed. Vol. P. Bose and van Dijk H. (Eds.). Dryland Forests: Management, Gender and Social Diversity in Asia and Africa. Switzerland, Springer Publication. ISBN 978-3-319-19405-9.
Full publication list available on request.