Haripriya Rangan trained in architecture and urban planning in India, and holds a doctoral degree from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) in urban and regional development. Haripriya has over 20 years of research and teaching experience in universities in the USA and Australia. She has lectured in Geography at the University of California Berkeley and University of Kentucky, in Urban Planning and Environmental Management at RMIT University, and in Geography and Environmental Science at Monash University.
Haripriya has an excellent international research reputation in the field of political ecology and a strong record in research funding and publication. Her research on forestry and regional development in the Indian Himalayas is considered highly influential and widely cited by political ecologists and scholars working on environmental movements in South Asia. She has won several national competitive research grants, including one from the US National Science Foundation, and three ARC Discovery grants. Haripriya’s current research centres on natural resource and landscape management in South Africa, India and Australia, and environmental history of the Indian Ocean World.