Ashwini Chhatre serves as faculty at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He is also the Executive Director of Bharti Institute of Public Policy, He has an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Delhi and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University. Prior to his Ph.D. he spent 11 years working with local communities and social movements on democratic governance of natural resources in India. He was the Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Fellow in Sustainability Science at Harvard University during 2006-07, and served as faculty in the Department of Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2007 to 2015. His research broadly deals with the intersections of democracy with environment and development, with focus on rural livelihood dynamics in rainfed systems across different agro-ecological and socio-political contexts. He has co- authored a book and published articles in Science PNAS, Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Conservation Biology, Journal of Peasant Studies, World Development, and other journals.
Some of his recent research interests are– Analyzing the impact of MNREGA investments on cropping patterns, economic activity, and environment; Promotion of cultivation and consumption of nutri-cereals in scheduled areas of Maharashtra; Understanding sensitivity of grain yields to historical climate variability in India etc. Apart from research, he is also leading several grants at ISB. One such prestigious project, India Data Portal, a BMGF grant, aims to serve as a one stop open-access data repository portal for public data and visualizations on agriculture, rural development and financial inclusion, to help journalists write and develop comprehensive, fact-based stories.