Arpitha is a legal researcher focusing on environmental justice issues. She is a doctoral researcher at the European University Institute where her work studies the intersection of free, prior and informed consent, business and human rights in India. She was previously a senior research associate at the Ashoka Trust of Research in Ecology and the Environment where her work focuses on understanding the conflict of laws in forest areas. Prior to ATREE she worked as an environmental lawyer with Natural Justice supporting Adivasi communities in their struggle for rights over resources in rajasthan and odisha. She has also explored the intersections of environmental law and design as the co-founder of the design+environment+law laboratory at the Srishti School of Art,Design and Technology. She has a masters with a focus in Environmental Law from UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law as a Fulbright Scholar and a bachelors in law from ILS law college in Pune.