12 June, 2020, Bio-diversity—Economy relations and the Pandemic.

JGBS Pandemic Lecture Series

Lecture 7

Friday, June 12, 2020, 6:30PM (New Delhi)


Bio-diversity—Economy relations and the Pandemic: The Ideals of economic growth and making of the pandemic


Ms. Vandana
Jindal Global Business School



Is there a possible connection between the pandemic and the destruction of nature? In what ways is a biodiverse natural environment important for human health? How has the current growth-led economic thinking and related policies impacted biodiversity? In addition to its disastrous impact on the world economy, COVID-19 has once again brought to the forefront the existing dilemmas related to our economy’s relationship with nature. While reviving the economy is crucial, it is extremely critical to also re-evaluate the direction of the existing economic thinking in light of the emerging evidence related to biodiversity loss and identified linkages/pathways through which biodiversity and human health are connected. This webinar is for anyone who wants to understand the economy-biodiversity-human health connection. It discusses the important ways in which our existing economic structures and policies impact nature and in the process possibly creates favourable conditions for the emergence of such pandemics. As it examines the policies that significantly impact the environment, it suggests a few possibilities through which the policy directions and business actions can be reoriented towards building a more ecologically and culturally diverse future. 



Ms. Vandana is Lecturer at Jindal Global Business School. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in the Public Policy and Management Group, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. Her research interests lie in the intersection of multiple fields of study like Political Ecology, Sustainable Development, and Ecological Economics. She is also involved in the upcoming research area of Post Growth thinking in the context of Global South. Her doctoral dissertation aims to examine the barriers to greater convergence in government policies to address the problem of malnutrition in India. She closely examines the practices of the forest, agriculture, and food/nutrition-related departments of the government and NGOs as part of her research.

Before starting her career in academics, she worked with an international non-profit funding agency. She has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (BBA) from BIT, Mesra, and a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Visva-Bharati, Shantiniketan. She has been awarded the UGC-JRF scholarship in Social Work.

Moderator: Dr. Meenakshi Tomar, Assistant Professor & Assistant Dean, JGBS.