Sierra Gladfelter

Sierra Gladfelter graduated with a MA in Geography in 2017. Beginning in August 2017, Sierra's Fulbright-Nehru research project will examine opportunities for local adaptive strategies and technocratic interventions led by the Indian government to collaboratively address the impacts of climate-induced disasters in Uttarakhand and Ladakh. Specifically, she is investigating how rural communities have historically coped with floods and droughts and mitigated their effects locally as well as what current barriers and opportunities exist for the continued use of these technologies alongside state-led interventions. Collaborating closely with Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Disaster Research Programme and India’s National Institute of Disaster Management, Sierra hopes her research may enable government-led efforts to combat climate-induced disasters to complement, rather than displace, local knowledge and practices.