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Prof. Abhineety Goel

Ph.D. in Geography from Texas A&M University, USA; Master’s and M.Phil from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi


Abhineety Goel is a human-environment Geographer particularly trained as a Political Ecologist. Through Political Ecology and ethnographic methods, she studies the effects of development projects on the environment, particularly in and around the Indian National Parks (in Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh), where she has worked since 2005. Her research addresses the effects of changing forest governance on the struggles to access forest resources by the peripheral forest communities situated around the Indian National Parks in economic, social and political contexts.

For her doctoral dissertation, she examined how rules-in-use control spatial actions that alter economic, political and social relationships in proposed Omkareshwar National Park Complex. This proposed enclosure is part of Compensatory Conservation, a result of Narmada Dam Development, in Khandwa and Dewas districts in Madhya Pradesh. For her Postdoc, she worked with Dr Kathleen O’Reilly (Texas A&M University) on her NSF Career Award on “Human Waste and Human Welfare: A Political Ecology Approach to Sanitation in Rural India”. Recently, she concluded a two-year 3ie funded project in collaboration with University of Oklahoma, Texas A&M University, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and SOPPECOM (Society for Promoting Participative Ecosystem Management) on women's experiences of psycho-social stress related to their access to sanitation in Paschim Champaran and Gopalganj districts in Bihar, India.

For three years, she had taught undergraduate classes on World Regional Geography and Planet Earth labs in Department of Geography at Texas A&M University. Currently at FLAME University, she teaches term courses on Planet Earth, Disasters - Natural and Man-Made, World Regional Geography and semester courses on Geography of the Environment and Conservation and Society.

She enjoys mentoring students as well as student projects. In the past, she has mentored two student "Discover India Program" projects on Bandhavgarh National Park and Bhopal Gas Tragedy.


  • 2018 - Dreibelbis, R, O’Reilly, K, Bhat, S, Kulkarni, S, Goel, A, Grover, E, Rao, N and Cumming, O, 2018. The evaluation of a sanitation intervention on sanitation-related emotional and psychological well-being among women and girls in Bihar, 3ie Grantee Final Report. New Delhi: International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). Available at https://www.3ieimpact.org/sites/default/files/gfr-TW11.1014-sanitation-emotional-pschhological-Bihar.pdf

  • 2017 - O’Reilly, K., Dhanju, R., Goel, A. Exploring “the remote” and “the rural”: Open Defecation and Latrine Use in Uttarakhand, India World Development (93): 193-205.

  • 2009 - Singh, R.B. and A. Goel. “Sustainable Forestry for Mitigating Carbon Sequestration” In Biogeography and Biodiversity. R.B.Singh (ed.). Jaipur: Rawat publishers.