Dr Ranjay K. Singh

Visiting Fellow (Endeavour Postdoctoral Fellowship)

Professional Expertise and Experience

  • Community knowledge led biodiversity conservation
  • Adaptation in the face of climate change
  • Women’s wisdom and biodiversity
  • Participatory methodologies in community mobilization
  • Equitable benefit sharing over traditional knowledge

Fellowships / Awards

  • Endeavour Postdoctoral Fellowship (Climate change adaptation), Australia-2015
  • Fulbright Alumni award (climate resilient food production), Fulbright Commission, New Delhi (2013-14)
  • Associate Fellow (Agricultural extension), NAAS, New Delhi (2013)
  • Fulbright Fellow (environmental leadership), CIES, USA (2011)
  • Fellow (community based biodiversity conservation), Linnean Society of London (2010)
  • Lansdowne Distinguished Professor Awardee (community based conservation and adaptations), University of Victoria, Canada (2010)
  • Associate Scholar of Centre of World Indigenous Study, Olympia, USA (2005)


  • University of Oxford, UK (2012)
  • Fulbright, CIES, Washington and Yale University, USA (2011)
  • CIES, Washington, USA (2011)
  • Commonwealth scholarship (2010)
  • Griffith University, Australia (2010)
  • FAO, Rome Italy (2009)
  • University of Lille 1, France (2008)
  • CANSEE, Canada (2007)

International geographical exposure for professional development

  • Canada (twice)
  • France
  • Argentina
  • Scotland
  • United Kingdom (UK)
  • United States of America (USA)

Research projects

Currently working on ‘perceived climate variability and community knowledge (CK) led agricultural adaptations. Completed other 10 research projects and programmes on human-environmental interactions and community knowledge dimensions in conservation and adaptation sciences.

Experiential learning on traditional ecological knowledge

Along with professional education and research, spent about 12 years in informal learning by doing in small-scale biodynamic agriculture. Completed 500 km foot walk in Sodhyatras (journey to learn grassroots knowledge) including 100 kms in Shivalik hills, India with Mr. Rajendra Singh, Magsaysay Award Winner 2001, and about 200 kms in eastern Himalaya to learn community based climate change adaptation.

Novel participatory socioecological approaches devised for conservation and adaptation

  • Devised ‘biodiversity and recipe contest’ model with 30 empirical field tests to mobilize communities for sustaining biodiversity using participatory approaches.
  • Developed ‘village traditional knowledge bank (VTKB)’ and ‘community knowledge garden (CKG)’ models to promote ‘bottom-up’ conservation of biocultural diversity, and adaptation to climate change.
  • Coordinated and supported networking among 65 traditional knowledge holders and grassroots conservators through recognition of their knowledge and innovations with fellowships and honouring.


4 Monographs; 1 journal special volume; 86 peer-reviewed articles; 10 peer reviewed book chapters; 1 peer reviewed inventory publication; and 26 other publications.

Recent articles

Singh Ranjay K, Singh A, Garnett ST, Zander KK, Lobsang and Tsering D. (2014). Paisang (Quercus griffithii): a keystone tree species in sustainable agroecosystem management and livelihoods in Arunachal Pradesh, India. Environmental Management 55(1):187-204. doi: 10.1007/s00267-014-0383-y

Singh Ranjay K, Alves RN & Rallen O (2014). Hunting of kebung (Ratufa bicolor) and other squirrel species from morang forest by the Aditribe of Arunachal Pradesh, India: biocultural conservation and livelihood dimensions. Regional Environmental Change. Doi10.1007/s10113-014-0590-3.

Singh Ranjay K, Singh A & Pandey CB (2013). Agro-biodiversity in rice-wheat-based agroecosystems of eastern Uttar Pradesh, India: implications for conservation and sustainable management. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology, (2013), DOI:10.1080/13504509.2013.869272.

Singh Ranjay K, Srivastava RC, Pandey CB & Singh A (2013). Tribal institutions and conservation of the bioculturally valuable tasat (Arenga obtusifolia) tree in the eastern Himalaya. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2013.847821.

Singh Ranjay K, Rallen O & Padung E (2013). Elderly Adi women of Arunachal Pradesh: Living encyclopaedias and cultural refugia in biodiversity conservation of the eastern Himalaya, India. Environmental Management 52(3):712-735.

Singh Ranjay K, Turner NJ & Pandey CB (2011). Tinni rice (Oryza rufipogon Griff.) production: An integrated sociocultural agroecosystem in eastern Uttar Pradesh of India. Environmental Management 49:26-43.

Most recent book

Singh Ranjay K, Pretty JN, Turner NJ & Reyes-García V (2014). Social-ecological Diversity and Traditional Food Systems: Opportunities from the Biocultural World. New India Publication Agency, New Delhi, 352 pp.


Northern Institute PPP Seminar Presentation

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Dr Ranjay K. Singh


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