Radhika is from India and she loves the diversity her country has to offer both in terms of the geography and culture. At the age of 17 she got interested in understanding problems related to tiger conservation. She raised funds for a traditional poaching community rehabilitation programme for an NGO in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.
She went on to pursue a bachelor’s in Design Communication at Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore. For her final year project she designed an interactive timeline about the Anthropocene and created an online platform for visual designers and conservation scientists in Singapore, with the aim to create wildlife awareness campaigns of the local context.
During an internship with ANET- Andaman and Nicobar Islands’ Environmental Team, she designed a visual guide of native trees and monitored banded sea kraits. In another project, she assisted a PhD student in Little Andaman island with social interviews to study the effects of governance on community dynamics a decade after the 2004 tsunami.
At the end of 2014, she interned with WWF in the Eastern Himalayas, in Sikkim, to collect data on red pandas and medicinal plants with a team that belonged to a local mountain community. Close observations of their lifestyle and interaction with them, deeply touched the way she viewed environmental management practices.
Subsequently, she was thrilled to come across the SERSD programme as it values students with diverse backgrounds. Her core interest lies is in studying the interactions between local communities and their surroundings. She aims to understand the impacts of various scales of governance on these interactions and the role of participatory governance and education of the local context in the sustainable development of communities. She strongly feels for environmental justice and wants to translate her research knowledge into practice someday!