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ABOUT ME

Shila Ishwardat is an organiser, trainer, and researcher who aims to co-construct alternative futures. We can't construct the future on our own, but we can do it in communities. Are we really striving towards the 'end of humanity' due to climate change, or are different futures still possible?

 

Shila has studied, among others, decolonial and intersectional understandings of the relationship between human and non-human beings. Why has this relationship in the Global North often been theorized as two opposing and dichotomous domains of being? How do peoples located in the Global South conceptualize the relationship between humans and nature? She invites people to a critical dialogue about our relationship with the earth and with other beings (human or not human). She opens the floor for other worldvisions, which we can conceptualize as the pluriverse: a world in which multiple worlds exist.

 

Core topics in her work are decolonisation, anti-racism, intersectionality (and feminism), and ecology (distinct from environmentalism, sustainability or climate change). She has a solid scientific and philosophical base on these topics. She applies this theoretical vision to the real world through organising and community building.

 

Her multicultural ancestry, from Suriname and India, and multiple other identities inform her research and justice pursuits.

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Education

2019-2021

Philosophy (PhD) (discontinued)

University of Birmingham

  • Subject keywords of this study: decolonial ecology, anthropocentrism, human/nature dichotomy

  • Scholarship award: Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds

2016-2017

Political Sciences: Political Theory (MSc)

University of Amsterdam

  • Thesis: Global Justice a West-Side Story – A critique of Peter Singer’s ‘One World’ and ‘One World Now’ and how the global justice debate can become a global debate.

  • Exchange programme (4 months) at Sciences Po, Paris, France

2015-2017

Healthcare Policy, Innovation and Management (MSc)

University of Maastricht

  • Thesis: Drivers of choice for private and public hospitals in base of the pyramid settings.

  • Research internship (3 months) at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India.

  • Results published in Sustainability journal (see publications).

2011-2014

Liberal Arts & Sciences: Global Challenges (BSc)

Leiden University College - The Hague

  • Thesis: Policy evaluations of the Dutch development cooperation in Mali.

  • Major: World Politics

Publications

Ishwardat, S.T. (2022). Nederlandse media negeren aankaarten racisme tijdens Klimaatmars. Joop.nl

 

Ishwardat, S.T., & Gharu, J.S. (2021). The ongoing Indian Farmers Strike: In solidarity with all farmers. MAP for the GAP, blog

Ishwardat, S.T. (2020). Clicktivism: What are the pros and cons of online activism in lockdown and beyond? What Can We Do?

 

Angeli, F., Ishwardat, S. T., Jaiswal, A. K., & Capaldo, A. (2018). Socio-Cultural Sustainability of Private Healthcare Providers in an Indian Slum Setting: A Bottom-of-the-Pyramid Perspective. Sustainability, 10(12), 4702.

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