Dolly Kikon is a senior lecturer at the Development Studies program. She is an anthropologist and her work focuses on the political economy of extractive resources, migration, development initiatives, gender relations, food cultures, and human rights in India.
Before coming to the University of Melbourne, Dr. Kikon led an interdisciplinary research project at the Department of Anthropology, Stockholm University. Her work focused on the increasing trend of outmigration among upland societies in Northeast India. Prior to obtaining her doctoral degree in Anthropology from Stanford University, Dr. Kikon worked as a human rights lawyer and a community organizer in India. Focusing on land rights among tribal communities in Northeast India, her legal advocacy works extensively dealt with constitutional provisions with regard to land and resource ownership, as well as autonomy arrangements for securing ethnic rights and guarantees. Currently, she is completing a book project on fermenting food cultures among Himalayan societies and deals with questions of sustainability, food cultures, and climate change. Currently she is also the Senor Research Advisor at the Australia India Institute in Melbourne.
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