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Dilshanie Perera

dilshanie perera

Dilshanie Perera

Dissertation Writer
Research Interests: 
environmental governance, weather, climate, risk, disaster, meteorology, epistemology, landscape, historical transformation, Bangladesh, Bengal, South Asia


My work explores the social and political effects of weather in Bangladesh. As a deltaic country that faces seasonal storms, monsoon rains, cyclones, tidal surges, and flooding on a yearly basis, Bangladesh has recently become a laboratory for global development initiatives pursuing climate relief efforts. As climate change becomes the primary justification for organizational and state intervention into people’s lives along the southwest coast, top-down ways of articulating risk in the idiom of climate tend to obscure the lived experiences and historical memories of those who have been living with ecological uncertainty for generations. I aim to investigate how a new global regime of ecological risk takes discursive, programmatic, and material form in Bangladesh, and what the everyday experience of living with potentially catastrophic weather entails. Before arriving at Stanford, I received my B.A. in International Studies from the University of Chicago and M.A. in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research. I also worked as a writer and reporter for a small weekly newspaper in New Jersey.