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Dr Georgina Drew

Telephone +61 8 8313 5095
Position Lecturer
Building Napier Building
Floor/Room 1 26
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit Anthropology and Development Studies

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Biography/ Background

Current Fellowship: 2016-2019 Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Project: Urban Rainwater Harvesting and the Cultural Politics of Resource Equity


University of Adelaide Administrative Roles


School of Social Sciences Research Committee Member

Faculty of Arts Research Committee Member


Research Interests

Environmental Anthropology: anthropology of water, environmental subjectivities, non-human sentience, phenomenology and intersubjectivity, gender and environment, sustainable resource management; anthropology of climate change;

Development: community based participatory research, cultural politics of development, dams and infrastructure projects, international political economy, hybrid and multiple modernities;

Agency: identity and agency, collective organization, social movement studies, social transformation and social justice;

Gender: gendered practices, gender identities, feminist political ecology;

Religion: everyday and contested religious practice, religion and ecology, Hinduism, Buddhism, and animism;

Asia & Americas: India, Nepal, China; USA, Latin America, South America.

Peer Reviewed and Refereed Articles and Chapters:

23) Drew, Georgina and Roshan J. Rai. Forthcoming. "Water Management in Post-Colonial Darjeeling: The Promise, and Limits, of Decentralised Resource Provision. Asian Studies Review.

22) Drew, Georgina. Forthcoming. "Beyond Contradiction: Sacred-Profane Waters and the Dialectics of Everyday Religion." Himalaya: The Journal for the Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies.

21) Drew, Georgina. 2015. “Hidden Hardships: Water, Women’s Health, and Livelihood Challenges in Rural Garhwal, India.” Journal of Canadian Women’s Studies 30(2-3): 102-110.

20) Burdon, Peter, Georgina Drew, Matthew Stubbs, Adam Webster, and Marcus Barber. 2015 "Decolonising Indigenous Water ‘Rights’ in Australia: Flow, Difference and the Limits of Law." Settler Colonial Studies  5(4): 334-349.

19) Drew, Georgina with Ashok Gurung. 2014. "Everyday Religion, Sustainable Environments, and New Directions in Himalayan Studies." Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture 8(4): 389-404.

18) Drew, Georgina. 2014. “Transformation and Resistance on the Upper Ganga: The Case of British Canal Irrigation.” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 37(4): 670-683.

17) Drew, Georgina. 2014. “Our Bones are made of Iron: The Political Ecology of Garhwali Women’s Activism.” The Australian Journal of Anthropology 25(3): 1-17.                            

16) Drew, Georgina. 2014. “Women, Dams, and the Gendered Dimensions of Environmental Protest in the Garhwal Himalaya”. Mountain Research and Development 34(3): 235-242.                                          

15) Drew, Georgina. 2014. "Developing the Himlaya: Development as if Livelihoods Mattered." Himalaya: The Journal for the Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies 34(2): 31-38.

14) Drew, Georgina. 2013. “A Retreating Goddess? Conflicting Perceptions of Change Near the Gangotri-Gaumukh Glacier.” In How the World's Religions are Responding to Climate Change: Social Scientific Investigations. Andrew Szasz, Randolph Haluza-Dalay, and Robin Globus Veldman, eds. New York: Routledge, pp. 23-36.

13) Drew, Georgina. 2013. Why Wouldn’t We Cry? Love and Loss on a River in Decline. Emotion, Space, and Society (Special Edition on Emotion and Ecology) 6:25-32.
12) Drew, Georgina. 2012. “Digital Himalaya and the Collaborative Publishing Experience.” American Anthropologist 114(4): 680-681.
11) Drew, Georgina. 2012. “Meaningful Waters: Women, Development, and Sustainability along the Bhagirathi Ganges.” In Gender and Sustainability: Lessons from Asia and Latin America. Maria Cruz-Torres and Pamela McElwee, eds. Tucson: University of Arizona, pp. 142-164.
10) Drew, Georgina. 2012. “A Retreating Goddess? Representation and Interpretation of Glacial Retreat at India’s Gangotri Glacier.” Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture 6(3): 344-362.
9) Alley, Kelly and Georgina Drew. 2012. “Ganga.” Oxford Bibliography Online: Hinduism. Alf Hiltebeitel, ed. New York: Oxford University Press.
8) Drew, Georgina. 2011. “Location or Locations? The Virtues of Multi-Scale Ethnographic Research.” New Scholar: An International Journal of the Humanities, Creative Arts and Social Sciences 1(1): 23-27 .
7) Drew, Georgina. 2011. “Ecological Change and the Downstream Impacts of Glacial Melt: The Socio-cultural Implications of the Bhagirathi River’s Decline.” In Water, Cultural Diversity, and Environmental Change - Emerging Issues, Sustainable Futures? Barbara Rose Johnston, ed. New York: Springer, pp. 203-218.
6) Holland, Dorothy; Dana E. Powell; Geni Eng; and Georgina Drew. 2010. “Models of Engaged Scholarship: An Interdisciplinary Discussion.” Collaborative Anthropologies 3: 1-36.

5) Drew, Georgina. 2010. “Climate Change and Conservation in the Himalayas: Prospects for Resilience in a Regional Hot System.” SOURCE. Bonn: United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (IEHS), 13: 61-65.
4) Lynn, S.; Garschagen, M.; Lehman, J.; Khan, S.; Drew, G.; Prasad, V.; Nikem, J.; Mushongah, J. 2010. “Scoping Paper—Introducing a ‘Hot System’ Approach to Tipping Points in Humanitarian Crises.” SOURCE. Bonn: United Nations University, IEHS 13: 14-21.
3) Drew, Georgina. 2009. “Whose Representation? Power and Voice in a Participatory Photo Journalism Project.” Anthropology News, April-May.

2) Drew, Georgina. 2009. “Smitu Kothari on Dams, Development, and the Ethics of Engagement.”
Development: Society for International Development.

1) Drew, Georgina. 2008. “From the Groundwater Up: Asserting Water Rights in India.” Development. Rome: Society for International Development, 51: 37-41.

Articles & Report Contributions:

Drew, Georgina. 2013. “Indian Floods: Rethinking Development in the Himalayas.” Third Pole Net, June 26.                                                                                                      

Excreta Matters: Citizens' Report on the State of India's Environment. 2012. New Delhi: Centre for Science and Environment. ( [Gina Drew is listed among the contributors.]

Women and Water: A Report for the National Commission for Women. 2005. New Delhi: Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology. [Gina Drew is listed among the contributors.]

Drew, Gina. 2004. “Stealing Water from Women: The Impact of the Soda Beverage Industry on Women in India. Bija: The Seed 33&34: 12-15.

Course Instruction & Assistance
Instructor: Anthropology of Everyday Life; University of Adelaide, Sem. I 2014 & 2015
Instructor: Anthropology Today: Experience, Power, Practice; University of Adelaide, Sem. II 2013 & 2014
Instructor: Everyday Religion in India; The New School, Spring 2013
Instructor: Religion and Sustainable Environments; The New School, Spring 2012
Instructor: Ecology and the Himalaya; The New School, Fall 2011 & Fall 2012
Graduate Assistant: Global Issues; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Spring 2011
Graduate Assistant: International Political Economy; San Francisco State University, Fall 2003 


Awards and Honours

University of Adelaide Faculty Research Centre Competitive Funding Scheme Award, 2014

SSRC New Directions in the Study of Prayer, Finalist & Symposium Participant, Jan-March 2012
Ranked in Anthropology Works’ List of Top 40 Cultural Anthropology Dissertations, 2011
Conference Travel Grant from the North Carolina Center for South Asian Studies, June 2011
Polgar Award for Applied Anthropology, UNC, Chapel Hill, June 2011
Future Faculty Fellow at UNC, Chapel Hill, May 2011
Rotary Research Scholar at Tribhuvan University in Katmandu, Nepal, Feb-Nov 2010
Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), 2009-2010
Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellow, 2009
Scholars Award from the Philanthropic Educational Organization, 2009
Graduate Tuition Incentive Grant from the UNC Graduate School, Spring & Fall 2009
Off-Campus Dissertation Research Grant from the UNC Graduate School, Fall 2008
Research Travel Grant from the Center for Global Initiatives (CGI), Summer 2008
Eric Estes Memorial Scholarship for study at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, June 2008
Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow for advanced Hindi at UNC, Chapel Hill, 2008-2009
FLAS Fellow, advanced Hindi, Landour Language School in Mussoorie, India, Summer 2007
FLAS Fellow, intermediate Hindi/Urdu at UNC, Chapel Hill, 2007-2008
FLAS Fellow, intermediate Hindi, Landour Language School in Mussoorie, India, Summer 2006
FLAS Fellow, beginning Hindi/Urdu at UNC, Chapel Hill, 2005-2006
Honorable Mention for the Graduate Research Fellowship of the NSF, 2005
Honor Societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Lambda Alpha, Alpha Sigma Nu, and Phi Sigma Iota


Previous Academic Employment

Postdoctoral Fellow, India China Institute of The New School, New York City (NYC), USA, July 2011 – June 2013

(Project on Everyday Religion and Sustainable Environments in the Himalaya:


Professional Associations
Anthropology & Environment (A&E) of the American Anthropological Association

Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender  []

Indo-Pacific Governance and Research Centre (IPGRC) []
Gender and Water Alliance (GWA) []
South Asia Studies Association of Australia (SASAA) []

The Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies []

Advanced spoken and written language skills in Hindi, Spanish, and French
Beginner-Intermediate spoken and written language skills in Nepali

Entry last updated: Monday, 29 Feb 2016

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