Suneetha M. Subramanian is Research Fellow with the Biodiplomacy Initiative of the UNU Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS). She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, from Kerala Agricultural University, India and earned her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India. She has worked on the economics of natural resources, specifically medicinal plants in India, and its impact on livelihoods of local communities. She also examined the dynamics of equity in benefit sharing using the case of medicinal plants as a prospective bio-resource. During her Ph.D., she received the William J. Fulbright Fellowship for a pre-doctoral visiting researcher position at Cornell University, USA. Prior to joining UNU-IAS, initially as a JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral fellow, she coordinated research activities at Just Change Trust, a not-for-profit organization in India that seeks to promote inter-community trading among producer communities to enable them to have more control over their economies.
Suneetha’s current research interests are on learning about the contributions of traditional knowledge to various sectors of human life, ecosystem services valuation from a multi-stakeholder and multi-scalar perspective, and in identifying how international and national policy instruments can implement policies that improve the well-being of local communities and their ecosystems. Her recent publications have focused on implementing ABS, measuring community well-being, traditional knowledge in policy and practice, biodiversity governance in sustainable development, and developing integrated assessment frameworks for ecosystem change and human well-being.