Environmental Studies at UVM

Bindu Panikkar

Assistant Professor, Advisor

Environmental Program, Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources

Walk-in Office Hours: 

Thursdays 12:00 noon - 3:00pm

Advising Appointment Hours: 

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Areas of Interest: 

Environmental health, community based research, environmental policy, Natural resources, Arctic environment and health, environmental health social movements, and environmental justice


Bindu’s current research examines how science is constructed, debated and utilized in the permitting process of newly proposed mines in Alaska. It seeks to understand the governance of natural resources in Alaska, especially as it pertains to increasing access as a consequence to climate change. She is also continuing her research project that she started at the Arctic Institute of North America, a citizen science/community-based research project to monitor species diversity, wildlife health, and environmental change in Yukon and Nunavut as well as to understand the Inuit ways of dealing with sea ice changes and their use of scientific weather information in the Northwest Passage. Her previous research focus and interests has included the social, and political challenges involved in the continued operation of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station past its design life, reflexive research ethics in fetal tissue xenotransplantation research, occupational health issues among immigrant workers, the ethics of uranium mining research, and the teratogenic effects of depleted uranium.


  • Ph.D in Environmental Health, Tufts University, 2011
  • M.S in Environmental Health, Tufts University, 2002
  • M.A in Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University, 2002
  • B.A in Literature, University of Kerala, 1992