Nature in the City: Changes in Bangalore over Time and Space


November 19, 2015


Harini Nagendra


University and Azim Premji Foundation


Nature in the City examines the past, present, and future of nature in Bangalore, one of India’s largest cities. Though threatened, nature in the city exhibits a remarkable tenacity. The book examines changes in nature over space and time from the 5th century CE to the present, concluding with a vision of a better future. This is a preview of a forthcoming book by Harini Nagendra “Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present, and Future”, Oxford University Press (April 2016).


Harini Nagendra

Prof. Harini Nagendra’s research examines issues of social-ecological sustainability in forests and cities in the global South, with a focus on natural resource commons such as lakes and forests. She received a 2013 Elinor Ostrom Senior Scholar award in recognition of her research and practice on the urban commons. Prior to joining APU, she was a Hubert Humphrey Distinguished Visiting Professor at Macalester College, Saint Paul, a DST Ramanujan Fellow at ATREE Bangalore, a Branco Weiss Fellow at ETH Zurich, and Asia Research Coordinator at CIPEC, Indiana University. In addition to academic literature, she writes regularly for the public through articles in local newspapers and in blogs, and engages with international science and policy through her participation on the Scientific Steering Committees of Diversitas, Global Land Project, and Programme for Ecosystem Change and Society.