Age: 26
Home Town: Mumbai, India
Education: BA-Political Science, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai; MA-Sustainable Development Practice, TERI University, New Delhi
Specific Field Interests: Sustainability of natural resources through different management and governance mechanisms, inter-relationships between social, cultural and ecological systems
Placement: Manthan - Kotri, Rajasthan
Area of Focus: Technology/Innovation

Highlights: Denise is excited about interacting with diverse people in different environmental, social and cultural settings through her coursework, work experience, volunteering stints, travels and field studies. She believes that AIF and the project will bring in a new set of challenges and learning experiences that will help her appreciate new perspectives and innovative solutions for sustainable development. She wants the fellowship to deepen her learning experiences and enhance her passion and research skills to understand sustainability issues and the inter-relationship between societal and environmental systems. Her greatest achievement is being able to learn and appreciate the everyday lives of people in rural India and she believes that these interactions with people from diverse rural settings will help her during her fellowship journey.

Posts by denisefernandes


चलो स्कूल चलें हम ! An Anecdote of a Village Women’s School

“चलो स्कूल चलें हम” (Lets all go to school) is a very common Hindi motivational […]


Toffee and the Solar Entrepreneur-Part II

As a teen, I spend long summer days trying to decode Dostoyevsky and his novels. […]


Toffee and the Solar Entrepreneur – Part I

On the bus ride from Koraput (1) to Bhubaneshwar, staring into the night sky while […]


Women of the Watershed

As a city girl with access to almost all the basic needs and privileges and […]


Who Shall Win the War: Salt or Water?

A rather bizarre question I know, but it is equally significant in the complex world […]


Metamorphic Landscapes: “First There Were Forests, Then Came the Agricultural Fields and Now the Saltpans”

The old man sat on his khat (bed) eating his humble supper of bhajra (pearl […]


The Education Troopers: A Walk through an Ancient Civilization and a Mystifying Ecosystem – Kutch, Gujarat

When you have theplas (Gujarati bread) and aloo bhaji (spiced potatoes) packed for breakfast, any […]


The Christmas Spirit in Rural Rajasthan

As a child, Charles Dickens’ novella, “The Christmas Carol” was a riddle to me. I […]


A “Sunshine of Hope”: The Tale of a Night School

Hushed giggles and curious eyes will be a good way to describe my first visit […]


Fissures in the Mirage of Development: When Exclusions Hinder the Process of Development in India

A landscape white, dry and arid was all that greeted me on a visit to […]

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