Sahil Nijhawan

Scientist, Eastern Himalaya

I am an engineer turned conservation anthropologist. For more than a decade, I have conducted interdisciplinary conservation research in Latin America, Southern Africa and India, incorporating my training in physical, natural and social sciences. Broadly, I am interested in human-wildlife relations, big cat ecology and conservation, camera trapping methods, indigenous/local concepts of nature, animism and shamanism, hunting sustainability, ritual ecologies, and locally-led conservation. My ongoing research and collaborative conservation work in Northeast India began with my doctoral research which studied the ecological, cultural and political relations between wildlife and the Idu Mishmi people of the Dibang Valley of Arunachal Pradesh, India. Future work will expand research into other ethnic communities within Northeast India to understand the factors that lead to local conservation. I am particularly interested in newer ways of integrating cutting edge technologies with local knowledge and classical ethnographic approaches, research capacity building in NE India and collaborating with local people, artists and educators towards inclusive, ethical and reflexive approaches to conservation research and writing. I am affiliated with ZSL, National Geographic Society, UCL Anthropology, and the ICCA Consortium. I enjoy travelling, learning languages, baking and growing my own food


Journal Article


‘The devil is in the detail’: Peer-review of the Wildlife Conservation Plan by the Wildlife Institute of India for the Etalin Hydropower Project, Dibang Valley