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Ashwina Mahanti

Ashwina Mahanti

Instructor, School of Sustainability

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502


  • PhD Candidate, Sustainability, School of Sustainability
  • Instructor, School of Sustainability


Ashwina Mahanti is a PhD Candidate. She is interested in understanding the process of institutional learning and change within multi-stakeholder initiatives. She is using the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil as a case study to analyze how stakeholders with diverse incentives overcome barriers to sustaining collective action, and its implications for the sustainability of global food systems.


  • MS, Environmental Policy, University of Michigan, 2010
  • MS, Environmental Studies, The Energy and Resources Institute, 2008
  • BS, Botany Honors, Delhi University, 2006


Journal Articles


Eakin, H., X. Rueda and A. Mahanti. 2017. Transforming governance in telecoupled food systems. Ecology and Society 22(4):Art. 22. DOI: 10.5751/ES-09831-220432. (link )

Book Chapters


Mahanti, A. and D. Manuel-Navarrete. 2015. From sustainable development to governance for sustainability. Pp. Chapter 28 In: Redclift, M. and D. Springett eds., Routledge International Handbook of Sustainable Development. Routledge, Taylor & Frances Group. ISBN: 978-0-415-83842-9.

Neeley Food and Agricultural Research Fellowship, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, 2014

Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative Scholarship, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, 2013

Rackham International Student Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2010