Assistant Professor

Dr Bikku R

School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences


  1. Social-Cultural Anthropology
  2. Environmental and Development
  3. Religion and Environment



Osmania University, Hyderabad,


University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad,


University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad,


University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad,


  • 2018-2021- Postdoctoral Research Fellow- Department of Anthropology, University College London (UCL), London, United Kingdom

Research Interest

  • Understanding the relationship between human beings and the environment by using anthropological theories and methods.
  • Religious beliefs and conservation of environment among the caste and tribes includes nomadic communities in India.
  • Critically understanding political, development, conservation, climate change impacts on indigenous and nomadic peoples by using inter-disciplinary approaches.

Awards & Fellowships

  • 2017 -National Overseas Scholarship for Postdoctoral Research in Anthropology Abroad (2015-16)- Government of India.
  • 2016 - Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) for Doctoral Fellow 2015-16) -Government of India.
  • 2010 - Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship Scheme (Govt of India) for M.Phil. and Doctoral Research - UGC-Government of India.
  • 2011&2014 UGC - National Eligibility Test (NET) qualified for Lectureship in Anthropology, India (June- 2011 and June 2014).


  • A Member of Royal Anthropological Institute of Britain and Ireland.
  • A Member of European Association for South Asian Studies.


  • Colonial impact on Pastoral nomads and Caravan Traders in India: The Raika of Rajasthan and the Banjara of Deccan, Bikku - In M.C. Bahera (Ed.) Tribe, Space and Mobilisation: Colonial and Post-Colonial Interface in Tribal Studies. Singapore: Springer Nature Pte Ltd. (in Press), (2022)
  • Educational Status of the Banjara (Lambada): A Case Study of Telangana, Bikku - In Ramdas R. (Ed.) Politics of Education. New Delhi: Routledge: Taylors and Francis Groups. (in Press (2022)
  • Religion and Ecological Sustainability among the Bishnois of Western Rajasthan, Bikku - In Sinha, Rashmi (Ed), Issues and Perspectives in Anthropology, New Delhi: Rawat Publications, 45-68 (2019)
  • Climate Change and Culture of Conservation among the Bishnois of Rajasthan, Bikku - In Kinhal, G. A; Dharni, A. K; Upadhyay, A. P and Dugaaya (Eds), In Climate Change: Combating Through Science and Technology, D. Dehra Dun: M/s Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh Publisher and Distributors of Scientific Books, 47-62 (2016)
  • Sotsial’naia struktura elmeni banzhara iz Yuzhnoi Indii [Social Structure of the Banjara of South India], Ivanov, A.V and Bikku - Etnograficheskoe obozrenie [Journal of Ethnographic Review], 4: 140-150, (2015)
  • Religion and Beliefs of Banjaras from South India, Ivanov, A.V and Bikku, Journal of Traditional Culture, 5(1) 64-72 (2015)
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Ethno-Medicinal Practices among the Tribal Communities in India: A Study of Koyas in Andhra Pradesh, Babu R. M, Bikku and Rao M- In Khanna D. R, Solanki G.S, and Patak S. K (eds), Environment, Biodiversity and Traditional System, New Delhi: Biotech Books.87-106 (2014)
  • Banjara Paradox , Ivanov Alexey and Bikku -The Journal of Orient Collection- Russian Academy of Sciences. 93-107(2014)
  • Education Status of Scheduled Tribes in AP: A Case Study of Lambadi Tribe, Bikku - In Ramdas R (Ed). Democracy, Governance and Tribes in the Age of Globalized India: Reality and Rhetoric, New Delhi: Gyan Books Private Limited,91-102 (2014)

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