Pranietha Mudliar

Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies and Science
Phone: 607-274-7940
Office: Center for Natural Sciences 252, Ithaca, NY 14850


Ph.D., Environmental and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University, 2016

M.Sc., Environmental Science, University of Pune, 2011

B.Sc., Biotechnology, University of Pune, 2009

My teaching and research interests involve power dynamics, common-pool resource governance, and polycentric governance through case study methods. I am particularly interested in how and why socio-culturally heterogenous resource users work together to improve environmental and social outcomes. I examined this question through the lens of power dynamics in watershed management groups in India and the United States. I am also involved in examining power dynamics among different levels of governments in Lake Victoria's polycentric fisheries in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, East Africa.

My current projects involve:

1) Individual and collective pro-environmental action among young adults

2) Cultural Ecosystem Services from lands owned by Institutes of Higher Education in the United States

3) Ostrom's Design Principles and Sacred Groves


One of the biggest joys for me is to teach and learn from students. My courses consider the interrelationships between social justice and the environment—that one cannot conceive of one without speaking of the other. My courses emphasize the human dimensions of the environment and the reciprocal relationships between humans and the environment. Specific concepts include policy formulation and its implementation, institutional analysis, and environmental governance. In learning about these concepts, students learn that all of these are a function of diverse environmental values, world views, beliefs, attitudes, and ideologies. As such, we learn how to incorporate such a range of diversity for improving socio-ecological justice. 

I teach the following courses:

ENVS 110: Environmental Crisis- Causes and Solutions

ENVS 213: Environment and Natural Resource Policy of the United States

ENVS 337: Communities and Conservation

ENVS 338: Communities and Sustainable Conservation: Field Experience in West Virginia