Harini Nagendra is a Professor at the School of Development at Azim Premji University, Bangalore. Her research focuses on questions of social-ecological sustainability in Indian forests and cities, with two main areas of interest – understanding the drivers of forest change in South Asia; and the impact of urbanization on ecological sustainability in India. She is interested in seeing how people can be positive and negative agents of change, bringing about ecosystem degradation in some contexts, and providing protection and restoration in others. Her ongoing program of research on biodiversity, green spaces and lakes in Bangalore includes close engagement with local communities and colleges, and popular writing and outreach for local audiences. She received a 2013 Elinor Ostrom Senior Scholar Award for Collective Governance of the Commons for her diversity of work, innovation and use of different methodological approaches, and active participation as a practitioner on the commons.