Abha Lal

My research explores the relationship between law, extractive industries, and environmental governance, using the case of iron ore mining in Goa, India, as a focal point. Through ethnographic and archival research, my research seeks to understand how various actors within the legal arena advance constitutional rights to either mitigate or propagate extraction and assesses the consequences of the judicialization of the environment on different communities in Goa. In addition, it takes a historical perspective on iron ore mining in Goa to uncover the continuities and ruptures between various regimes of governance, spanning from Portuguese colonial rule to contemporary India.

I received a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College, and prior to attending Rice, I worked as a journalist and editor in Kathmandu.

Research Areas

Legal Anthropology, Extractive industries, South Asia, Environmental Governance


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