Prateep Nayak

Associate Professor - School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED)


Prateep’s academic background is in political science, environmental studies and international development. He does interdisciplinary work with an active interest in combining social and ecological perspectives. Prateep’s research focuses on the understanding of complex human-environment connections (or disconnections) with particular attention to change, its drivers, their influence and possible ways to deal with them. His main research interests include commons, environmental governance, social-ecological system resilience, environmental justice and political ecology. In the past, Prateep worked as a development professional in India on issues around community-based governance of land, water and forests, focusing specifically at the interface of research, implementation and public policy. Currently, he teaches international development and environment. Prateep is a past Trudeau Scholar, a Harvard Giorgio Ruffolo Fellow in Sustainability Science, a recipient of Canada’s Governor General Academic Gold Medal, and SSHRC Banting Fellow.