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Nethmi Bathige
MA Student
Graduate Teaching Assistant

Nethmi Bathige is a second-year MA student in the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky. She is originally from Colombo, Sri Lanka. Her work focuses on food systems and agriculture in Sri Lanka. She has previously researched food security and dietary diversity among organic and conventional tea smallholder farmers in Sri Lanka's Wet Zone regions. She has also worked in urban food environments, where she interned at a food bank in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a community urban farm in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Nethmi was a Zero Hunger Intern at the Congressional Hunger Center. Nethmi's current research includes looking at climate-resilient agriculture among smallholder farming communities in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka. Her MA thesis project uses a feminist political ecology and intersectionality lens to study climate adaptation and water management among women home gardeners and small farmers in Sri Lanka. 

Contact Information
822 Patterson Office Tower
B.A. Biology and Geography, Macalester College (2022)
Research Interests
  • Critical Agrarian Studies
  • Political Ecology
  • Climate Smart Agriculture
  • South Asia
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Dietary Diversity
  • Irrigation
  • Water Management
  • Geography
  • American Association of Geographers (AAG)