S Ravi Rajan
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Environmental Studies Department
  • Affiliations Anthropology Department, Digital Arts and New Media
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Interdisciplinary Sciences Building, 424
    • 424, Interdisciplinary Sciences Building
  • Mail Stop Environmental Studies
  • Mailing Address
    • 424 Interdisciplinary Sciences Building
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Environmental Human Rights, Environmental Justice, Environmental History, World History, South Asian Studies, History of Science, Ethics
  • Courses See the UCSC Catalog for a current list of Rajan's courses.

Biography, Education and Training

Ravi Rajan is Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he has served since his appointment in 1997.  

He has also served as Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore, Visiting Senior Fellow at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, and Visiting Professor at TERI University. He received his undergraduate and masters degrees at the University of Delhi, and his doctorate at the University of Oxford and subsequently conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, Cornell University, and the Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin.

Ravi’s research spans environmental history, theory, and policy. It is particularly focused on the political economy of environment – development conflicts; environmental human rights and environmental justice, and risk and disasters. He is the author of many academic publications, and has mentored several doctoral students.

For a full biography, see Rajan's Website (

Honors, Awards and Grants

Please see Rajan's Home Page for detailed descriptions of Rajan's awards, honors, and grants. 

Selected Publications

Please see Rajan's Home Page for detailed descriptions of Rajan's publications and research.