Vasundhara Bhojvaid | Department of Sociology


Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SoHSS)
C 318 G
Block-C, Shiv Nadar University
Profile Summary 

Vasundhara is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, SNU. Her doctoral research was an ethnographic study that followed a group of scientists on a development project across villages in two districts in Uttarakhand, India. The study explored the intersections of science, climate change and ecological relationships to understand how entities such as air pollution, smoke and clouds reconfigure how social worlds are made.

Her current work looks at how air pollution is effecting and effected by policies, transforming life in urban spaces and understandings of the body. This is informed by her broader interests in how air pollution has close intersections with climate change and is charting new ways in which to anthropologically explore the contemporary.

Educational Qualifications 
Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University
Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University
M.A. Sociology (H)
Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University
B.A. Sociology (H)
Miranda House, Delhi University
Work Experience 
India Program Manger (Air Quality),
Clean Air Asia,
Ad-Hoc Faculty, Sociology Department,
Hindu College, Delhi University,
New Delhi
Guest Faculty, Sociology Department,
Hindu College, Delhi University,
New Delhi
USAID TRAction Project,
Research Associate,
The Energy and Resources Institute,
New Delhi
Teaching & Research Interests: 

Ecology and science; human-non human relations; atmospheres; climate change; India.  

Scholarly Activity

Journal Articles

Bhojvaid, Vasundhara. 2021 “Hazy Clouds: Making Black Carbon Visible in Climate Science.” Journal of Material Culture, (February 2021). 

Bhojvaid, Vasundhara. 2020. "The Social in/and the Scientific. Book Review of Pankaj Sekhsaria's 'Instrumental Lives: An Intimate Biography of an Indian Laboratory'", Dialogue. Science, Scientits and Society, November 20, 2020.

S. K. Pattanayaka, M. Jeulanda, J. J. Lewis, F. Usmania, N. Brookse, V. Bhojvaid, A. Kar, L. Lipinski, L. Morrison, O. Patange, N. Ramanathan, I. H. Rehman, R. Thadani, M. Vora, and V. Ramanathan. 2019. Experimental evidence on promotion of electric and improved biomass cookstoves, PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America). May 22nd 2019, pp 1-6.

Bhojvaid, Vasundhara. 2016. ‘“Cloud.” Theorizing the Contemporary’, Cultural Anthropology website, July 12, 2016.

Brooks, N., Bhojvaid, V., Jeuland, M.A., Lewis, J.J., Patange, O. and Pattanayak, S.K. 2016. ‘How much do alternative cookstoves reduce biomass fuel use? Evidence from North India’ in Resource and Energy Economics, Volume 43, Feburary 2016, pp. 153-171.

Jeuland, M.A., Bhojvaid, V., Kar, A, Lewis, J.J., Patange, O., Pattanayak, S.K, Ramanathan N., Rehman, I.H., Tan Soo, J.S. and Ramanthan V. 2015. ‘Prefernces for improved cook stoves: Evidence from rural villages in north India’ in Energy Economics, Volume 52, Part B, November 2015, pp. 287-298.

Lewis, J. J., Bhojvaid, V, Brooks, N, Das, I., Marc A. Jeuland, Patange, O. &. Pattanayak, S. K. 2015.  ‘Piloting Improved Cookstoves in India’ in Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives, 20:sup1, 28-42

Bhojvaid, V., Jeuland, M., Kar, A., Lewis, J.J., Pattanayak, S.K., Ramanathan, N., Ramanathan, V. and Rehman, I.H. 2014.How do People in Rural India Perceive Improved Stoves and Clean Fuel? Evidence from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand’, in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11(2), pp.1341 – 1358.

Bhojvaid, Vasundhara. 2012. ‘Encountering the Field’, in World Anthropologies Network, issue no. 6, July 2012.

Books & Book Chapters

Bhojvaid, Vasundhara. 2020. ‘Cloud’, In Anthropocene Unseen: A Lexicon, edited by Cymene Howe and Anand Pandian. Punctum Books. 

Bhojvaid, Vasundhara. 2013. ‘Socialising Stoves: how anthropology helped explain technology adoption’, in Anthropology and Development: Culture, Morality and Politics in a Globalised World, (ed.) Emma Crewe and Richard Axelby, Cambridge University Press.