Kavya Michael

Kavya Michael
Chalmers University of Technology · Division of Environmental Systems Analysis

PhD Economics

About

20
Publications
4,810
Reads
How we measure 'reads'
A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. Learn more
373
Citations
Introduction
Kavya Michael is an environmental social scientist with expertise in analyzing the ‘natural environment’ through a social science lens. Her research and professional experience broadly lie in examining global environmental change and energy-related issues through a human rights and justice lens. Within this domain, questions of class, caste, and gender have been central to her analysis.
Additional affiliations
August 2010 - June 2016
University of Hyderabad
Position
  • Doctoral Fellow
May 2008 - December 2008
Roulac India Investment Advisory Pvt.Ltd,
Position
  • Research Analyst
February 2008 - June 2010
Mahatma Gandhi University
Position
  • Research Assistant

Publications

Publications (20)
Article
Full-text available
Concerns over social justice cannot be separated from concerns over the environment, and vice-versa. Gender in the climate change literature is predominantly vulnerability and adaptation centric, with a glaring gap in research on understanding the relationship between mitigation and gender justice. Building on the insights from gender justice, envi...
Article
Full-text available
Debates on emissions and climate change are dominated by inter-country inequalities, usually ignoring within-country inequalities. In this paper, we address the question of carbon space sharing in India across different classes after economic reforms were introduced in 1991. We establish using household consumption surveys that the elites in India...
Article
Full-text available
Understanding the causality of vulnerability is difficult to do and consequently has received insufficient attention. Root causes of vulnerability need to be understood and addressed to support adaptation that addresses climate risk and inequality. This paper contributes to this by examining vulnerability from a structural perspective for the case...
Article
Full-text available
This paper explores the recognitional dimensions of urban climate change justice in a development context. Through the lens of migrants in the Indian cities of Bengaluru and Surat, we highlight how experiences of environmental marginality can be attributed to a lack of recognition of citizenship rights and informal livelihood strategies. Specifical...
Chapter
Full-text available
This chapter interrogates the notion of justice (or the lack of it) in India’s domestic policies and political priorities for climate change in the context of development interventions or adaptation strategies in regions with highly vulnerable communities. Drawing on three sites in Southern India, we distil how vulnerability is created, exacerbated...
Technical Report
Full-text available
Cities are increasingly integrating climate adaptation priorities into development policies and plans. However, there remains a gap in understanding how incremental urban adaptation solutions can lead to more transformative change over the long term. Transformative adaptation reorients urban climate actions around addressing entrenched equity and...
Article
Full-text available
Cities, with their increasing populations, are host to a range of issues including non-climatic factors due to the prevailing development paradigm, discriminatory urbanisation patterns, and weak governance structures. Climate change poses an additional challenge and exacerbates existing vulnerabilities affecting cities and its people, especially th...
Chapter
This chapter takes the cases of Bangalore and Surat in India to examine how the reorganisation of labour, together with its associating economic networks and spatial infrastructure, is emblematic of the shifting interconnections between uncertain climate change risks and experiences of local economic transformations. Through documenting migrants’ e...
Article
Full-text available
Resilience building has become a growing policy agenda, particularly for urban risk management. While much of the resilience agenda has been shaped by policies and discourses from the global North, its applicability for cities of the global South, particularly African cities, has not been sufficiently assessed. Focusing on rights of urban citizens...
Conference Paper
Full-text available
The environment is tied together in a lattice of interdependence with the social, political and economic realms. The ecological crisis in the form of ecosystem degradation and climate change is perceived within the broader patterns of the society where the damages associated with it are conditioned through the social, political and economic vulnera...
Article
Full-text available
In this paper, we develop an index for climate change resilience in post reform India across different classes using a set of variables that connotes the co-evolutionary relations of the social, economic and ecological realms. Contrary to the dominant paradigms of climate change resilience we focus on the much neglected question in resilience studi...
Article
Debates on access and entitlement to global atmospheric commons are mostly dominated by the issue of inequalities among countries. Typically, these debates ignore inequalities among groups within countries. In this paper, we address the question of carbon space sharing in India by focusing on the distribution of emissions across different Indian so...
Conference Paper
Full-text available
Debates on access and entitlement to global atmospheric commons mostly focus on inequalities among countries, but ignore the inequalities among different groups within countries. In this presentation we focus on the distribution of emissions across different classes in India since economic reforms were implemented in 1991. Our results differ from m...

Network

Cited By

Projects

Projects (2)
Project
Evaluating justice in climate adaptation projects in Southern India
Project
Gender, power and climate governance