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Ritika Kapur

Ritika Kapur

PhD Candidate

Ritika's research examines institutional arrangements for environmental sustainability and natural resource management in the context of urbanisation



  • 2012 – 2013: Consultant: Universal Learn Today, Bhutan Royal Academy Project
  • 2008 – 2009: Development Co-ordinator: Madras Crocodile Bank/Andaman and Nicobar Environmental Team, Madras, India.
  • 2007 – 2008: Research Assistant: Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, U.K.
  • 2005 – 2006: Consultant: Independent Evaluations Group (IEG), World Bank, Washington D.C., USA.
  • 2002: Intern: Central Himalayan Rural Action Group (CHIRAG), Uttarakhand, India.


  • Ph.D. Candidate: Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. (2009 – Ongoing)
  • M.A. Governance and Development. Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. (2007)
  • B.A. (Honours), Political Science and Economics. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. (2004)
  • International Baccalaureate, Mahindra United World College. Pune, India. (2000)


My current research addresses institutional arrangements for sustainability and environmental management in the context of urbanisation and economic development. The focus of the research is on the political ecology of water management in the city of Thimphu, Bhutan.

I am grateful for financial support from the SMUTS Memorial Fund, the Phillip Lake Fund, and the Overseas Student Bursary from the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Fund.

My wider research interests are:

  • Cities and the Environment
  • Sustainable Development
  • The role of aesthetics and design in urban sustainability
  • Drivers of human settlements in historical and contemporary context

External activities

  • Member: Royal Geographical Society, London, U.K.
  • Member: Association of American Geographers
  • Member: Cambridge Philosophical Society, University of Cambridge
  • Member: Contemporary South Asia Reading Group, University of Cambridge.
  • Member: Political Ecology Reading Group, University of Cambridge