Professor Kaveri Gill completed her second BA, MPhil, doctoral and post-doctoral degrees at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, where she lived from 1994-2007, gaining a First Class in the BA Tripos in Economics and subsequently teaching, while holding the Smuts Fellowship at the Centre of South Asian Studies and a Bye Fellowship at Queens’ College. Back in India, she worked in government, bilateral and multilateral organisations, and international development consultancies, including the Planning Commission of India, UNICEF, International Development Research Centre and Oxford Policy Management, gaining field experience with a host of social science think tanks in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Kaveri rejoined academia in 2017, teaching at the Department of International Relations and Governance Studies, Shiv Nadar University Institute of Eminence. Her research is situated within development studies, and is critically influenced by heterodox economics, political economy, and an interdisciplinary perspective. She has published widely, including a field-building monograph on waste, Of Poverty and Plastic: Scavenging and Scrap Trading Entrepreneurs in India’s Urban Informal Economy (Oxford University Press 2010). An emerging focus is the refugee predicament of statelessness and its multiple correlates, with specific reference to Tibetans, as well as Nalanda Buddhist philosophy and practice in the Tibetan plateau and the Himalayan region. Kaveri is a long-term friend of the Tibetans in exile and is closely affiliated with Tibet House, New Delhi, where she completed the 6-year Nalanda Masters Course (NMC) in Buddhist Philosophy in 2022. On special leave and by invitation, she served as the Principal of the Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education, Bengaluru from 2021-22.