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

    6009 Perth


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Alka Sabharwal is an anthropologist with focused research and teaching interests in anthropology of development, environment and research methods. My PhD research on cultural politics of environment and development examined anthropological theory from the margins of the Himalayan borderlands in India.

I am a recipient of UWA’s Research Collaboration Award and a scholarly member of the Not-For-Profit research cluster at UWA. My PhD was awarded in 2015 and I have held a Lecturer position (2018-2019) with the School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Australia. My work has been published in Third Sector Review and in the scholarly edited volumes by Routledge and Emerald, UK. In the past, I have also worked and researched with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Centre for Science and Environment, Kalpavriskh, Actionaid in India and The Wilderness Society in 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 of Technology

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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