Vandana Shiva, Ph.D., is a physicist, ecofeminist, environmental activist and author. Currently based in New Delhi, she is author of over 300 papers in leading scientific and technical journals.
Dr. Shiva participated in the Chipko movement during the 1970s. The movement, whose main participants were women, adopted the tactic of hugging trees to prevent their felling. In 1982, she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology. Initiatives of this foundation include Navdanya, an organic farming program, the Bija Vidyapeeth' (or Seed University, International College for Sustainable Living), and Diverse Women for Diversity. Another of her initiatives is the Living Democracy Movement.
Shiva is one of the leaders of the International Forum on Globalization, and a figure of the global solidarity movement known as alter-globalization.
Last Updated: Sep 22, 2006