Suma T.R

Scientist

Ms. Suma is a Social Anthropologist and academic with over ten years of experience gained by working with different cultural groups in Kerala on issues related with political ecology, identity and development, resource access and conflicts, land use change and traditional ecological knowledge. She is experienced in methodological experiments in conducting participatory and trans-disciplinary research for policy intervention. Her works include detailed ethnographic study of culture, art and rituals of all ethnic communities of Wayanad, detailed analysis of special projects for tribal development, tribal development interventions of government and NGOs in Wayanad district, issues related with land ownership, implementation of forest rights act in Kerala and detailed ethnographic analysis of human-animal relationship in a culturally heterogeneous landscape of Wayanad. Ms. Suma is also a short film maker, who directed 40 short films on life and culture of ethnic communities of Wayanad, and three films related to Ecology and Conservation. She is coordinating different Grass Roots Institutions working under CAbC in Wayanad, to build grass root networks among different cultural groups, local self governments and other agencies for creating inclusive space for policy dialogues on conservation and livelihood issues inside the formal governing frameworks.

Current work

Coordinating different Grass Roots Institutions under CAbC, MSSRF in Wayanad, to build grass root networks among different cultural groups, local self governments and other agencies for creating inclusive space for policy dialogues on conservation and livelihood issues inside the formal governing frameworks

Recent publications

The Paniya Tribe of Wayanad – In Conversation with Suma Vishnudas: Paniya Practices and Lifestyle (Interview) Published on: 18 September 2019 read more

കാലാവസ്ഥാ വ്യതിയാനവും പ്രളയവും വയനാടിനെ ബാധിക്കുന്നത് ഇങ്ങനെയൊക്കെയാണ്

Decentralised agrobiodiversity conservation: A multi stakeholder participatory experiment Suma T.R., Radha E., Santhosh K.K., Jayesh P. Joseph and N. Anilkumar Decentralised agrobiodiversity conservation: A multi stakeholder participatory experiment>

Betz, L., Kunze, I., Parameswaran, P., Suma, T.R. and Padmanabhan, M. 2014. The social–ecological web: a bridging concept for transdisciplinary research. Current Science. 10(4): 572- 579.

Nagabhatla, N., Padmanabhan, M., Kühle, P.,Vishnudas, S., Betz, L. And Niemeyer, B. 2014. LCLUC as an entry point for transdisciplinary research –reflections from an agriculture land use change study in South Asia. Journal of Environmental Management (Elsevier) (Online first-DOI-10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.03.019)- 27th May 2014) pp 1-11

Suma T R (2013). Interpreting conservation policies for development politics – Scales of Human nature co-existence :A case of Wayanad wildlife sanctuary, Kerala. Indian Anthropological Congress. Kannur, Kerala. 13-15 February 2013.

Suma, T.R (2013). Gendered Traditional Knowledge on Agro-biodiversity and Decentralization in Kerala: a case study of Kurichiya women, Wayanad south India. World Sociology Conference, Lisbon.

Ursula Munster, Suma Vishnudas (Suma TR) (2012), ‘In The Jungle of Law – Adivasi rights and implementation of Forest rights act in Kerala’. Economic and Political Weekly, vol XLVII no.19.