PhD in Physics and Science Philosophy
Vandana Shiva (born 1952 in Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal,
Dr. Vandana Shiva is trained as a Physicist. She also received a master’s degree in the philosophy of science. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy.
She is an anti-globalization, anti-corporate, deep ecology and eco-feminist activist whose campaigns focus primarily on food and agriculture socio-economic issues and an opposition to GMOs, free trade and intellectual property rights. She alternately promotes land redistribution, indigenous and peasant farmers rights, organic-only food production and ayurvedic health practices over conventional medicines which she characterizes as an “earth democracy” movement necessary to restore “harmony”, people and nature. She received the Right Livelihood Award in 1993, also called “the alternative Nobel prize” for “placing women and ecology at the heart of modern development discourse”.