Ayushi Dhawan completed her BA Hons. and MA in History from the University of Delhi in 2014, before joining the foundation year at the University of Leiden in 2014–2015, supported by an ENCOMPASS Scholarship. Subsequently, she earned her research master's degree in colonial and global history in 2017. Her master’s thesis delved into the reception of South and East Asian medicine in early modern Europe, 1600–1800. In her dissertation project, Ayushi will be exploring India’s shipbreaking business in Alang, Gujarat and the motivations behind the transboundary movement of toxic waste. She joined the Rachel Carson Center DFG Emmy-Noether Research Group “Hazardous Travels: Ghost Acres and the Global Waste Economy” in September 2017.
Dissertation Project: India’s Shipbreaking Business, Emerging Economies, and the “Right to Pollute”