About Divya Sharma

Researcher - Agrarian Transformations

Divya Sharma is a Research Fellow in Agrarian Transformations at SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit). Her research draws on the subfields of political ecology, critical development studies, historical sociology, agrarian studies, and science and technology studies and employs qualitative methodologies. She is interested in postcolonial rural transformations, mapping changing landscapes of work, agro-ecology and the politics of sustainability. She is a researcher with the ESRC-DFID project 'Relational Pathways: Mapping Agency and Poverty Dynamics Through Green Revolutions'.

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Men walking in the street carrying large bags of food

The COVID-19 pandemic shows how power produces poverty

by Saurabh Arora and Divya Sharma Responses by governments to the COVID-19 pandemic around the world reveal how poverty is produced by social power. The pandemic points, in particular, to the culpability of power exercised through the state. Consider the Indian government’s top-down lockdown imposed on 24th March 2020. Arguably “the world’s strictest lockdown”, it…

What is revolutionary about the Green Revolution?

The dramatic increase in yields of wheat and rice in the 1960s and 1970s in India, along with many other countries in the post-colonial world, was framed as a technological breakthrough made possible by miracle hybrid seed varieties. This breakthrough ostensibly averted mass scale hunger and was central, so the story goes, to realising substantive…

rural scene in Tamil Nadu

Uncovering Transgressive Solidarities

By Divya Sharma, Relational Pathways project In the Relational Pathways project, we are trying to understand the pathways in and out of poverty for farmers in India and Kenya. ‘Green Revolutions’ are a prominent way of discussing how farmers can benefit from technology. In Tamil Nadu, India, we have been using a technique called ‘life…