Dr Yamini Narayanan is a Senior Lecturer in International and Community Development. Her work makes substantive contributions to the rapidly emergent field of South Asian Animal Studies through a twin focus on animals in political, and urban life in India. It addresses species as an explicit identity category in Indian national politics, through the intersections of anthropocentrism, sectarianism, and casteism. Her forthcoming book Mother Cow, Mother India (Stanford University Press) will offer one of the first empirical critiques of India’s cow protectionism discourse and politics from a critical animal studies standpoint, examining bovine realities in both sites of production and protection.
Yamini’s work on urban animals is the first to theorise species as part of populations in urban informal spaces. This has consequences for a fuller theorising of urban animal geographies and informalities, particularly in the Global South. Her current work theorises animal labour in Indian brick kilns. Yamini's work is published in leading journals including Environment and Planning A, D and E; Urban Geography; Geoforum; Hypatia; and South Asia.
Yamini’s research is supported by two Australian Research Council grants. Yamini is the founding Convenor of the Deakin Critical Animal Studies Network, and is a lifelong Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, an honour that is conferred through nomination or invitation only.
In 2019, Yamini was awarded Deakin University's Vice Chancellor’s Award for Mid-Career Research Excellence.
Yamini serves as Special Issues Editor of Urban Geography; Associate Editor of Environmental Humanities; and South Asia Editor for Asian Studies Review.
Yamini publishes widely in media on issues related to animal rights, including the Animal Liberation Currents, The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, Huffington Post and Animal People Forum. She has been interviewed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, BBC Brazil, and for documentaries on cow protection politics in India, and animal advocacy in India.
At the cutting edge of the ‘animal turn’ that is emerging across disciplines in the academe, Yamini’s research is focussed on bringing forth animals as subjects and stakeholders of our co-shared and co-produced social, ecological and political worlds. Specifically, she addresses animals as stakeholders in urban spaces, and as subjects and instruments of nationalist politics in India, and elsewhere in South Asia.
Deakin University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Mid-Career Research Excellence, 2019
Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics [FOCAE] - 2017-ongoing
Australian Research Council DECRA Senior Research Fellow - 2014-2017
American Association of Geographers
Australasian Animal Studies Association
ADS701 - Introduction to International and Community Development
ADS723 - Development Project Cycle
ADS753 - International and Community Development Internships
AIX701 - Research Project
- Animals and urban informality
- Animals and authoritarian politics
- Speciesism, casteism and racism
- Ecofeminism and animals
- South Asian/Indian cities
Convenor, Deakin Critical Animal Studies Network
Co-Convenor, Governance, Development and Peace Stream, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation
Special Issues Editor, Urban Geography
Associate Editor, Environmental Humanities
South Asia Editor, Asian Studies Review
Board of Directors, International Sustainable Development Research Society [ISDRS] (2013-2016)
ABC live ‘The World’ 30th May 2017 – ‘The politics behind India’s ban on the sale of slaughter cattle’ - http://www.abc.net.au/news/programs/the-world/2017-05-31/the-politics-behind-indias-ban-on-the-sale-of/8574158
Deakin Critical Animal Studies Network
Governance, Development, Peace stream, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation
Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics [FOCAE]
ARC DECRA Fellow, 2014-2017, 'Religion and Urban Development in India: Planning Sustainable Cities'
Visiting Fellow, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, May 2017
Incoming Leader Fellow, Australia India Institute @ Delhi, University of Melbourne, November 2016.
Yamini Narayanan leads an ARC Discovery grant (2018-2021), with Prof. Jennifer Wolch, University of California Berkeley, for the project titled "Animals and urban planning: Indian cities as Zoöpolises". In an era of rapid urbanisation and urban biodiversity decline in India, the project aims to address animals as crucial constituents of urban societies. Designed in the final years of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets 2011-20, the project will examine the everyday realities of selected wild, commensal, and commoditised species who live close to humans in ecologically diverse, rapidly growing, medium-sized cities. It will show how these realities are also outcomes of being enmeshed in social frameworks to offer an expanded empirical basis for planning to sustain urban biodiversity, and devise species-inclusive zoöpolises as successful cities of the future.
Yamini Narayanan also led an ARC DECRA project (2014-17) titled 'Religion and Urban Development in India: Planning Sustainable Cities'. The project argued religion influences urban development in India, and must inform policy. Conducted at a time of intensified right-wing politics around cow protectionism in India, the project developed new insights on how animals are enmeshed in religious and fundamentalist narratives around space, place, and power in Indian cities. Numerous publications have arisen from this project in leading forums including Environment and Planning D; South Asia; Geoforum; and Society and Animals, among others. Arising out of her DECRA project, her new book Mother Cow, Mother India (Stanford University Press) will be published in US Winter 2022.
Kathryn Gillespie, Yamini Narayanan
(2022), pp. 335-353, Ecofeminism : feminist intersections with other animals and the earth, New York, N.Y., B1
(2021), URBAN GEOGRAPHY, C1
(2021), pp. 1-20, Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, London, Eng., C1
(2020), pp. 1-10, Engendering cities : designing sustainable urban spaces for all, New York, N.Y., B1
A Wallach, C Batavia, M Bekoff, S Alexander, L Baker, D Ben-Ami, L Boronyak, A Cardilin, Y Carmel, D Celermajer, S Coghlan, Y Dahdal, J Gomez, G Kaplan, O Keynan, A Khalilieh, H Kopnina, W Lynn, Y Narayanan, S Riley, F Santiago-Ávila, E Yanco, M Zemanova, D Ramp
(2020), Vol. 34, pp. 1097-1106, Conservation Biology, United States, C1
Y Narayanan, S Bindumadhav
(2019), Vol. 106, pp. 402-410, Geoforum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1
(2019), Vol. 34, pp. 195-221, Hypatia, C1
(2019), Vol. 51, pp. 1516-1535, Environment and planning a - economy and space, London, Eng., C1
(2018), Vol. 41, pp. 331-351, South Asia: Journal of South Asia Studies, C1
(2018), Vol. 26, pp. 13-33, Society and Animals, C1
(2018), Vol. 57, pp. 133-149, Sophia, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1
(2017), Vol. 35, pp. 475-494, Environment and planning D: society & space, London, Eng., C1
(2016), pp. 1-23, Religion and urbanism: reconceptualising sustainable cities for South Asia, Abingdon, Eng., B1
(2016), pp. 291-307, Urban Heritage, Development and Sustainability International Frameworks, National and Local Governance, Abingdon, Eng., B1
(2016), pp. 143-161, Religion and urbanism reconceptualising sustainable cities for South Asia, Abingdon, Eng., B1
(2016), pp. 201-210, Religion and urbanism reconceptualising sustainable cities for South Asia, Abingdon, Eng., B1
(2016), Vol. 57, pp. 22-29, Women's studies international forum, Amsterdam ,The Netherlands, C1-1
(2016), Vol. 24, pp. 149-153, Sustainable development, London, Eng., C1
(2016), Vol. 24, pp. 172-180, Sustainable development, London, Eng., C1
(2015), Abingdon, Eng., A1
(2015), pp. 404-415, Routledge international handbook of sustainable development, Abingdon, Eng., B1
(2014), Vol. 20, pp. 488-499, International journal of heritage studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1
(2013), pp. 326-337, Handbook of research on development and religion, Cheltenham, Engand, B1
(2013), Vol. 21, pp. 131-139, Sustainable development, Oxford, England, C1-1
(2013), Vol. 8, pp. 301-323, Nature and culture, Oxford, England, C1-1
(2012), Vol. 7, pp. 1-22, Journal of South Asian development, Thousand Oaks, California, C1-1
(2010), Vol. 18, pp. 252-259, Sustainable development, Chichester, England, C1-1
J Macbeth, Y Narayanan
(2009), pp. 239-251, Making ecopreneurs: developing sustainable entrepreneurship, Surrey, England, B1-1
Y Narayanan, J Macbeth
(2009), Vol. 11, pp. 369-389, Tourism geographies: an international journal of tourism space, place and environment, Abingdon, England, C1-1
J Kenworthy, D Marinova, Y Narayanan
(2006), Vol. 3, pp. 1-22, Portal: journal of multidisciplinary international studies, Sydney, NSW, C1-1
Funded Projects at Deakin
Australian Competitive Grants
Religion and Urban Development in India: Planning Sustainable Cities
Dr Yamini Narayanan
ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
- 2016: $121,015
- 2015: $135,135
- 2014: $124,253
Animals and urban planning: Indian cities as Zoopolises
Dr Yamini Narayanan, Prof Jennifer Wolch
ARC - Discovery Projects
- 2020: $111,624
- 2019: $83,480
- 2018: $82,417
No completed student supervisions to report