Faculty Profile

Heather Bedi

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies (2014)

Contact Information


Kaufman Hall Room 110


Dr. Bedi’s areas of research include: energy; land grabbing; food rights; organizing identities and narratives; social movements; the political ecology of contested resource inequalities; environmental politics & policy; and environmental & social justice. Her research focuses on the political ecology of contested resources. Dr. Bedi is interested in how policy and political contexts shape the everyday ways that stakeholders experience energy and land conflicts. She analyzes the identities and narratives crafted by individuals and movements in response to environmental and land inequalities. Her peer-reviewed research is published in the following: Contemporary South Asia; Development and Change; Energy Research & Social Science; Environment and Planning, A; Geoforum; Journal of Contemporary Asia; Oxford Development Studies; The Extractive Industries and Society; and a chapter in Industrializing Rural India: Land, Policy and Resistance (Routledge). An advocate of place-based learning and teaching, Dr. Bedi’s nascent research examines energy injustice through the lens of shale gas extraction (fracking) in Pennsylvania. Building from her work on cumulative environmental injustices in South Asia’s coal hubs, her current work examines the everyday of energy poverty, solar energy policy, and climate change vulnerabilities. During the Fall of 2018, she is a Fulbright scholar based in India.


  • B.A., Occidental College, 2000
  • M.S., University of Michigan, 2002
  • Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 2012