Michelle Irengbam

PhD Student

I am interested in studying the water politics of transboundary rivers in South and Southeast Asia. I find the complexities of freshwater landscapes or riverscapes intriguing, especially the relationships between people and rivers and the power dynamics associated with the flow of water. I am especially curious to find out how human development alter river ecosystems especially through damming and flow regulation and vice versa. My previous work focused on the water politics of the Ganges river.


009A Fairchild
HB 6017


  • MSc Forestry (2014) Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, India
  • BSc Botany (2012) University of Delhi, New Delhi, India

Selected Publications

  • Hussain, S. A., Irengbam, M., Barthwal, S., Dasgupta, N., & Badola, R. (2020). Conservation planning for the Ganga River: a policy conundrum. Landscape Research, 45(8), 984-999.

    Irengbam, M., Barthwal, S., Dasgupta, N., Badola, R. & Hussain, S.A. Ganga needs more than just cleaning. Down to Earth magazine, September 1, 2019.

    Irengbam, M., Dobriyal, P., Hussain, S. A. and Badola, R. (2017). Balancing conservation and development in Nandhaur Wildlife Sanctuary, Uttarakhand, India. Current Science, 112, 6.