Dr Shiva in Uttarkashi, INDIADr. Vandana Shiva is trained as a Physicist and did her Ph.D. on the subject “Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory” at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy, which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India. In 1982, she left to set up her Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy in her home town of Dehra Dun in the foothills of the Himalaya. Her greatest learnings, however, have come from Mother Nature.


  • PhD,Hidden Variables and Locality in Quantum Theory, 1978,
    University of Western Ontario, Canada: As part of the University’s five year ‘Colloquium on Quantum Theory’ program.
  • M.A. in The Philosophy of Science, “Changes in the concept of periodicity of light”, 1977,
    University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • Integrated M.Sc. Honours in Particle Physics, 1973
    University of Punjab, Chandigarh, India

Dr. Shiva has been a visiting professor and lectured at the University of Oslo, the University of Norway, Schumacher College (UK), Mt. Holyoke College (US), York University (Canada), University of Lulea (Sweden), University of Victoria (Canada) and the Universite libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). In 2011, Dr. Shiva was the Wayne Morse Chair at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Dr. Shiva has received honorary Doctorates from the University of Paris, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Oslo, Connecticut College, University of Toronto, University of Victoria, and the University of Guelph.