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Ravangaon Team

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Seema Kulkarni

Co-Founder & Senior Fellow of SOPPECOM

Kulkarni is one of the founding members of Society for Promoting Participative Eco-system Management, Pune (SOPPECOM). She is presently a Senior Fellow in SOPPECOM, Pune and co-ordinates the gender and rural livelihoods activities within the organisation. She has co-ordinated various studies and programmes around decentralisation, gender and land, water and sanitation. She has published several articles/book chapters around issues of gender, water, sanitation and rural livelihoods. She has been associated with Stree Mukti Sangharsh Chalwal, the movement for the rights of Single women in Western Maharashtra, India and is involved in the Coalition of women's groups in Maharashtra, Stree Mukti Andolan Sampark Samiti. 

She is currently the National Facilitation Team member of Mahila Kisan Adhikar Manch (MAKAAM) Forum for women farmers' rights, and anchoring the network at the Maharashtra level. The National secretariat for the network is also currently co-housed in SOPPECOM. 

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Sachin Bhopal

Research Assistant

Sachin Bhopal has a Master’s degree in Social Work. He is working with Society for Promoting Participative Ecosystem Management (SOPPECOM) as Research Assistant. He has participated in research activities around watershed development, rural livelihoods, women’s empowerment, health, and education. He is based in Ravangaon village (one of T2GS study sites in India), and belongs to a small landholding household. He coordinates field activities for Ravangaon case study. 

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Sneha Bhat

Research Associate 

Sneha Bhat has a completed MA in Sociology and a diploma course in Women’s Studies from Savitribai Phule Pune University. She works as Research Associate with Society for Promoting Participative Ecosystem Management (SOPPECOM) since 2006, and has been involved with gender and livelihoods programme.


She has actively participated in various research projects around participatory irrigation management, water and sanitation, rural livelihoods, women farmers, and women’s land rights. She has also been involved in training and capacity building programmes for grassroots level organisations and rural women on the issues of irrigation and land rights.


She has been writing in English and Marathi as part of the gender and livelihoods programme, and her writing has been published in ‘Miloon saryajani’, ‘Sadhana’, ‘EPW’, and ‘Gender and Development’. 

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Irene Leonardelli

Junior Researcher

Ph.D. Fellow

Irene Leonardelli is a Junior Researcher and a PhD Fellow in the Department of Integrated Water Systems and Governance at IHE Delft. She is a Marie Curie fellow of the feminist political ecology network “Well-being, Ecology, Gender and Community - Innovative Training Network” (WEGO-ITN), funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 program. Her research focuses on processes of agrarian transformation and water re-allocation in Maharashtra, India, from a critical feminist perspective. She is particularly interested in looking at how smallholder farmers across gender and caste tinker with, experience, narrate, embody, navigate –and thus also shape- a waterscape where different waters (groundwater, surface water, wastewater, pure water, rainwater) intermingle.

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