S.S. (Shekhar) Kolipaka MSc

  • PhD researcher
  • Human-wildlife interactions
  • Carnivore ecology and management
  • Protected Area Management
  • Multi-use forests
  • India

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 6016
E-Mail: s.s.kolipaka@fsw.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Instituut CA/Ontwikkelingssociologie
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3A43

Professional Experience

Shekhar Kolipaka has a master’s diploma in Business Administration from the Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies in India, he studied Natural Resource Management at the Indian Institute of Forest Management in India and has a research master’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of KwaZulu- Natal University, South Africa. Shekhar Kolipaka’s works by integrating carnivore biology and aspects of human cultural anthropology to deepen understanding on society’s willingness and ability to tolerate the presence and co-exist with carnivores like tigers. His prior research among other topics included studies on rusty spotted cats in multi-use fringe forests around Panna Tiger Reserve, India and studies on stakeholder groups living around tiger reserves in Central India.

Research topic

Shekhar Kolipaka is currently working on his PhD at the Leiden University. The working title of his PhD is ‘Human- Wildlife Interactions: Can tigers (Panthera tigris tigris) and other large carnivores survive in multi-use forests outside the National Parks in India?’ Through his research Shekhar plans to study aspects of tiger and human behaviour in human dominated multi-use forest areas. He hopes that his study will deepen understanding on the challenges in securing human dominated forest areas for tiger and other large carnivore conservation in India.

Last Modified: 26-02-2016