Sandeep Kandikuppa

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Area of Expertise: 

Rural livelihoods-natural environment nexus; rural household finance and financial inclusion; common pool resources and community-led governance; food (in)security in rural areas

Sandeep Kandikuppa has PhD from the University of North Carolina and studies rural indebtedness, common pool resources, village institutions, and food security. His current research projects include assessing the impact of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana in Bihar, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Telangana, in India, studying the impact of climate change on the financial health of rural households in India, and examining the driving factors behind farmers’ movements in India.

He worked for ten years with two leading Indian non-profits, the Foundation for Ecological Security, Anand, and the Deccan Development Society, Hyderabad. He has been a consultant at the Foundation for Ecological Security and International Food Policy Research Institute.

Selected publications include: Class and Vulnerability to Debt in Rural India: A Statistical Overview (Rural Sociology, 2021), Securing Commons in India: Mapping Polycentric Governance (International Journal of Commons, 2021), Capitalist Agriculture and the Creation of the Circular Migrant: Understanding COVID-19’s Impact on Internal Migrants in India (Human Geography, 2020), and Playing Games to Save Water: Collective Action Games for Groundwater Management in India (World Development, 2018).