Amita Baviskar is a key analyst of environmental politics and culture in India. Her research and publications have addressed the intense conflicts over water, caste and class arising from the Narmada River dams, and she is currently working on the politics of urban conservation and contestations over public space in Delhi in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games. Her publications include her monograph: In the Belly of the River: Tribal Conflicts over Development in the Narmada Valley. (Oxford University Press, 1995); her co-authored book: Untouchability in Rural India, (Sage Publications: New Delhi 2006) and her edited: Waterscapes: The cultural politics of a natural resource, (Uttaranchal: Permanent Black, 2007) This interview was conducted by Nick McClean during Amita's visit to Sydney for the Cities Nature Justice conference, held 10 - 12 December, 2008, at the University of Technology Sydney. Nick McClean is currently undertaking PhD research at ANU on comparative approaches to conservation in Australia and India.