Deepti Chatti

Assistant Professor | Environmental Studies Program


Dr. Deepti Chatti is an interdisciplinary environmental scholar whose research centers the social equity challenges that undergird sustainable development projects in the Global South. Her current research analyzes development efforts to expand clean energy access to low income families in rural India. This project focuses on “clean cooking” household energy transitions which attempt to abolish the ubiquitous mud stove (mitti ka chulha) from the kitchens of rural India for a variety of health, environmental, and social reasons. This research is based on long-term multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork in the Indian Himalayas with cooks and families, and with interviews with cookstove engineers, designers, air pollution researchers, non-governmental organizations, and government policy makers. Dr. Chatti’s current work centers the politics of knowledge production in trans-national environmental and development research. For several years she has been ethnographically studying a randomized control trial unfolding in two states in India that attempts to generate knowledge about poverty and climate change through field-based experiments. Her research centers the intersection of feminist political ecology, environmental justice, postcolonial science and technology studies, energy geographies, and South Asian studies.

Dr. Chatti received her PhD from Yale University from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, with a graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Dr. Chatti draws on her interdisciplinary training in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and engineering to understand the socio-cultural and political dimensions of global environmental change. In addition to her academic career, Dr. Chatti has worked on research to aid environmental and social public policy in India, and in planning and designing environmental infrastructure in California.

At Humboldt, Dr. Chatti is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, affiliate faculty in the Energy Technology and Policy graduate program, affiliate faculty in the Environment and Community graduate program, and Faculty Research Associate at the Schatz Energy Research Center.

Areas of Interest: 

Energy ethnography, feminist political ecology, postcolonial science and technology studies, critical development studies, environmental anthropology, South Asian studies, clean energy transitions, gender and technology, energy access, sustainable development research methods

PhD and MPhil Yale University, MS Stanford University, BE Osmania University
Deepti Chatti
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