Harini Nagendra is a Professor of Sustainability at Azim Premji University, India. Over the past 20 years, her research has examined issues of forest conservation and urban ecology across south Asia. She has researched and taught at multiple institutions internationally, writes regularly for the public, and has been widely felicitated for her work. In 2013, she received the Elinor Ostrom Senior Scholar award for her work on the urban commons. Her 2016 book ‘Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present, and Future’ describes the ecological history of Bangalore over the past 1500 years. The book was listed by the science journal Nature as one of the five best international science picks of the week.