Vineetha Venugopal

Director Board

Vineetha Venugopal started her career as a software engineer after graduating from the Government College of Engineering, Kannur. Her interest in social sciences promoted her to leave her engineering career to obtain a graduate degree in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. After graduation, she worked with Bangalore-based digital justice organization IT for Change on a community data project that critically looked at the smart city paradigm. Later, she joined Dakshin Foundation and worked with fishing communities in Ganjam, Odisha to explore ways of strengthening their claims over coastal and marine commons. Using participatory mapping, the study explored how to employ central and state legislations on coastal regulations and land use to conserve coastal commons. Over the years, she has become increasingly interested in research and advocacy on commons – be it digital, forest or coastal. Her research interests span across a wide range including intersectional feminism, mental health and the need for safe spaces, misinformation ecosystems and labour movements. Currently, she is working as an independent researcher mostly focusing on enviro legal concerns. She loves blogging, traveling, and reading. Visit her personal website for more: