Bhaskar Vira is Professor of Political Economy, and Head of Department, at the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow and Graduate Tutor at Fitzwilliam College. He is also the Founding Director of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute and a Trustee of Fauna & Flora International. Professor Vira’s research focuses on the changing political economy of environment and development, especially in South Asia. He is trained as an economist, but now engages across the critical social sciences and their interface with the biological and environmental natural sciences. He is committed to public engagement and has contributed to science-policy dialogues and impact-related research in India as well as globally. In 2018, he was honoured with the Royal Geographical Society’s Busk Medal, in recognition of his contributions to interdisciplinary research on environment and development. Professor Vira lives in Cambridge with his wife Shiraz (Trinity, 1988) and his two children and dog.