Alka Sabharwal
  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Alka Sabharwal lectures at the School of Social Sciences. Her research focuses on the cultural politics of environment and development in South Asia. Alka is a recipient of UWA's Research  Collaboration Award (2016-17) and has been conferred Australian Postgraduate Award for her PhD (2010-2014). She is a scholarly member of the Not-For-Profit (NFP)  research cluster at UWA and has been teaching at the School of Social Sciences, UWA since 2010. Her research has been published in Third Sector Review and in the scholarly edited volumes of Routledge and Emerald, UK. In the past, she has worked and researched with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Centre for Science and Environment, Kalpavriskh, Actionaid and The Wilderness Society, Perth. 




South Asia; India; Development; NGOs; Himalayan borderland; Political Anthropology.

Funding overview

 2016 Research Collaboration Award - UWA led WUN - Non-market valuation of loss and damage under climate change.

Roles and responsibilities

Editorial Board Member: SN Social Sciences (a multi-and interdisciplinary peer-reviewed academic research journal).

Member Affiliate: Not-for-profits UWA

Teaching overview

POLS5672 Global Development Debates;SOCS5051 NGOs, Governance and Development; POLS5651 Global Political Economy; SOCS5003 Research Design; POLS2201 Foundations of Public Policy; POLS5504 Public Sector Leadership in Practice; POLS3335 Social Movements and the Politics of Change; ANTH4103 Knowing Social Realities: Empirical Explorations.


English & Hindi

External positions

Associate Lecturer/Course Designer/Tutor, Curtin University

7 Jul 201615 Jul 2018

Unit Manager/Lecturer, Murdoch University

1 Jun 20151 Feb 2016

Research expertise keywords

  • Cultural Politics of Environment & Development
  • India
  • Development studies
  • Himalayan Borderlands
  • South Asia


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