I am a Botanist by disciplinary training with an MPhil in Environmental Sciences from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India and a Doctoral degree from the University of York, United Kingdom. My key research expertise lies in climate change adaptation, air pollution, agriculture, and food security. As a researcher, I have developed risk assessment tools for studying air pollution and climate change impacts on crop yield and socio-economic impacts and food security. I have been involved in research projects related to climate change, agriculture, and food security with a special focus on the hill and mountainous regions within and outside India. I have organized training workshops on different areas of sustainable development for researchers, students, policymakers, and other stakeholders from India and other countries with support from the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India (ITEC); Department of Personnel Training, Government of India; the United Nations Environment Programme; and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, among others.
I am currently affiliated (Honorary position) with the Climate Studies and Knowledge Solutions Centre, Department of Science and Technology, Government of Nagaland (India). I am also the Co-lead for Mountain Agriculture Thematic Working Group, Himalayan University Consortium. I was previously associated with the TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi, India as an Assistant Professor from July 2012 to July 2022. Prior to that I was at the Stockholm Environment Institute, York, UK and have been an Associate at the Environment Department, University of York, UK. I have served as a core faculty member at the Global Centre for Food Systems Innovation, USAID (2013–2015); Manager for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, South Asia Regional Centre (2013–2017).