Helina Jolly

IRES Research Associate
National Geographic Explorer 2018
Public Scholar
Liu Scholar
Nehru Humanitarian Graduate Fellow
Olav Slaymaker Awardee

Research Interests


Helina Jolly is a PhD candidate and National Geographic Explorer (2018) at the Institute for Resources Environment and Sustainability.  An ecologist and environmental policy analyst by training, she studies the relationship between forest ecosystems and Kattunayakans, a lesser-known hunter-gatherer Indigenous People of South India. Dr. Terre Satterfield and Dr. Milind Kandlikar supervises her research at IRES, which is supported by 4YF, UBC Public Scholars Initiative, Liu Fellowship and National Geographic Society. As a part of her PhD work, she directed and produced an ethnographic documentary Gidiku Vapathu (2020), on Kattunayaka People to understand how these traditional societies perceive and interact with forests [Trailer - https://youtu.be/dIJrsAeVQzI].

Helina is also the founder of an international web-based project, 'The Everyday Nature' (www.theeverydaynature.com) that focuses on documenting the perception of people towards nature. She also leads the Collective for Gender+ in Research at the UBC that seeks to develop a network to articulate methods and tools to engage gender in research. Helina has nearly ten years of work experience in natural resource management, focusing on projects in South Asia with the German Development Cooperation (GIZ), Centre for Science and Environment and Clinton Climate Initiative. She is a Commonwealth Scholar and has an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science.