Kapil is a PhD student at the Department of Geography. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and a Master of Science in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford.
With eight years of diverse professional experience across industry, government and civil society, he has demonstrated a deep interest in environmental governance and policy, particularly in forests, water and waste.
Currently, Kapil is pursuing a PhD on forest fire governance and management in India. His research interests align with his passion for sustainable environmental management and his commitment to finding practical solutions to environmental challenges.
Thesis title: 'Contested Fire Management in India’s Forests'
The project investigates changing local forest fire management practices in India. It looks at who takes fire management decisions (including local communities and government departments) and on what basis, how fires are considered to benefit different groups and whether there are trade-offs with costs borne by other groups.