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Pernille Gooch


  • Teaches on 3 courses
  • Course convener for HEKN12 and module 3 on HEKA12 and HEKA22


Pernille Gooch is Associate Professor in Human Ecology.  She received her PhD in social anthropology from Lund University in 1998 for the thesis At the Tail of the Buffalo: Between the forest and the world arena on the relationship between pastoral nomads and the forest based on extensive fieldwork in the Indian Central Himalayas. Her main focus of research is the political ecology of human-environmental relations, lately centered on the environmental crisis and the consequences of environmental and climate change. Issues of interest include environmental justice, livelihood, gender issues, food, water, pastoral and agricultural systems, agro-ecology, migration, environmental history, agricultural practices, agrarian history, disaster research and participatory methods. She has done extensive fieldwork in the Himalayas, a region severely affected by global warming. She has worked in multi/cross-disciplinary research groups and collaborates with a wide network of researchers and research institutions in both Europe and India. She has lectured, developed courses and been course convener at both graduate and under graduate levels in a large number of subjects, such as: Political ecology, development studies, rural development, gender studies, cultural ecology, anthropological theory, sociological theory, environmental sociology, method and epistemology, philosophy, environmental ideologies, and environmental history. 

Current research projects

Gooch is presently the coordinator of two research projects concerned with the Himalayas:

  • Climate Change, Water and Rural Livelihoods: Assessing Socioeconomic Vulnerability and Potential Adaptive Strategies in the Eastern Himalayan Region of India with Dr. Anamika Barua, IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Guwahati, Assam, India. Funded by SIDA/VR. 
  • Participatory Assessment of Sustainable Scenarios for Himalayan Pastoralism with Dr N. Farooquee, and Dr R. K. Maikhuri, G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Almora, Uttarakhand, India. Funded by VR. 


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database



Retrieved from Lund University's publications database


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

Human Ecology
E-mail: pernille [dot] gooch [at] hek [dot] lu [dot] se

Senior lecturer

Human Ecology



Selected publications

Farooquee, Nehal, P. Gooch, and N. K. Maikhuri (eds.) (2011) Sustainable Pastoralism in the Himalayas. Indus Publishers, New Delhi.

Gooch, P. (2014) “Daughters of the Hills: Gendered Agricultural Production, Modernisation, and Declining Child Sex Ratios in the Indian Central Himalayas” in Fischer-Kowalski, Marina, Reenberg, Anette, Schaffartzik, Anke, and Mayer, Andreas (Eds.) Ester Boserup's Legacy on Sustainability - Orientations for Contemporary Research.  Springer (Human-Environment Interactions; 4, pp 159-173. 

Gooch, P. (2009) “Victims of Conservation or Rights as Forest Dwellers: The Van Gujjar pastoralists between contesting codes of law” in Conservation & Society, Vol 7, issue 3, pp 239-248. 

Gooch, P. (2008)   “Feet Following Hooves” in Ways of Walking: Ethnography and Practice on Foot Tim Ingold and Jo Vergunst (eds.) Ashgate. 

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and the Human Ecology Division

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