Environmental & Social Research for Action is a group of volunteers (as on Jan 2022) interested to pursue environmental and social research for action on Climate Emergency. We seek to frame research questions from the prism of environmental and social safeguards that are critical in thecoming decades for the planet.

ESRA undertakes research both on field and offline to study policies, programmes, existing and emerging scenarios and engage with the relevant stake holders to impact changes. Follow us in the blog to know more about our recent developments.

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Team of Volunteers

Karthik Gunasekar

Karthik is a passionate young professional working in organic agriculture, environment and climate action movement with an intent to apply the acquired knowledge and skills to enable social, economic and environmental justice. He is actively networked and engaged with civil society and grassroots organisations.


Parthasarathy VM is a Farmer with diversified experience in addressing farmer issues, conserving seeds, tree plantation and improving rural livelihoods. He has worked on multiple citizen action initiatives. Currently based in Pandeswaram Village, Thiruvallur District in Tamil Nadu; working on livelihood programs and education initiatives. Has an active interest in policy and inclusive politics.

Prem Murugan

Prem Murugan a sociologist who passionate works on rural livelihoods and climate change. He is working and networking with the professionals and artisans to bridge the gap on today needs to acquire the economic importance to the artisan. He is now engaged with constructing the social forest in Tamilnadu.


Ram is the Director of Samanvaya, has been part of several civil society initiatives for over 2 decades. Currently he concentrates on creating future institutions and future knowledge initiatives.

Sri Varshini Kaliappan

Sri Varshini Kaliappan, young passionate Disaster Management Professional turned into an Entrepreneur. Worked extensively on the Post Disaster Recovery of Kodagu District post 2018 deluge with the district administration. She has a strong research and analytical base. She is passionate about Agriculture and sustainable livelihoods. Currently working to mainstream the chemical free cleaning alternatives to curb the pollution caused at household levels through her SDG oriented Startup Good For All.

Agnes Roshini R

Agnes Roshini R. Chandran is a dynamic Social work professional ,associated with the Department of Social Entrepreneurship @Madras School of Social Work. Interested in Non-chemical farming, Sports and Green initiatives. Had worked extensively on Alternative education and Social impact projects on Education.