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Disha Shetty

Disha Shetty is a reporter with The Fuller Project where she writes on environment and health issues. Her science reporting combines data, latest research and human stories.

Before joining The Fuller Project, Disha spent a decade working across print, digital and television platforms in India in both full-time and freelance roles. At her most recent full-time job with the data journalism initiative IndiaSpend, Disha travelled across India for six months to document how climate change was affecting communities. She also worked on a collaborative investigative series ‘Environment Undone’ that looked at how India was systematically opening up its protected areas like national parks and wildlife sanctuaries to infrastructure projects at great costs to the environment. The work received an honorary mention at the 2021 SEJ awards

Disha has extensively covered infectious diseases like Tuberculosis as well as stories on maternal and child health. She is the winner of ICFJ’s 2018 Global Health Reporting Contest Award, and has been a 2019 RAF fellow to the UN. She has received reporting grants from the Pulitzer CenterEarth Journalism Network and International Women's Media Fund, among others. 

Disha has a Bachelors in Mass Media from Mumbai University, a PG Diploma in TV journalism from Asian College of Journalism and holds an MA in Science, Environment and Medicine Journalism from Columbia University. She currently lives in Pune, India.
Her work has appeared in publications such as Undark, Hakai, Forbes, IndiaSpend, and Scroll, among others. 

Recent reporting by Disha:

The Struggle to Keep Track of India’s Dead - UNDARK

In Goa, the Water Runs Black - Hakai

Interactive: Unravelling air pollution in Asia – The Third Pole

Environment Undone – IndiaSpend

India’s climate change hotspots - IndiaSpend

On these women-run Himalayan farms, even climate-resilient crops are failing

As countries experiment with climate solutions, experience of women farmers in the Indian Himalayas shows the complexities of the climate crisis and the costs of not involving local communities.

Climate change puts more women at risk for domestic violence

Extreme weather events that climate change is making more frequent and more intense are also pushing up violence against women around the world.

Why climate change means women are having to work harder and longer

Women and girls living in poorer countries are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

India’s top court has expanded abortion rights for unmarried women. We spoke to the lawyer who fought for the change.

A court in India began considering a case that would result in a landmark expansion of abortion access on the other side of the world.

India is trying to reduce maternal mortality without engaging with a key contributor: suicide

India has made enormous strides in reducing maternal mortality. But that success has exposed a largely unaddressed phenomenon: high rates of suicides around the time of childbirth.

The hidden toll of heat waves on women in South Asia

South Asia has endured an unprecedented heat wave, with March seeing the hottest temperatures on record in India. Evidence suggests the heat is landing a cruel double blow on women’s income and health.

Related: Reporter’s Notebook: Women’s invisibility in climate stories erase their narratives. The result is bad policy

Reporter’s Notebook: Women’s invisibility in climate stories erase their narratives. The result is bad policy

According to official government statistics, 75.7% of rural women in India are engaged in agriculture. But in article after article, farmers are often exclusively portrayed as men. With the changing climate hitting the agriculture sector hard, women’s invisibility in media coverage leaves their distress unacknowledged.

Reporter’s Notebook: Indoor air in India can be just as bad as the country’s toxic smog. Was I wrong to be surprised?

India's polluted skylines regularly make international news. But it’s only now coming to light that air quality inside homes, which mainly affects women in the kitchen, can be just as bad.

Air pollution's impact on women's health is slipping under the radar, public health experts warn

Evidence is clear that air pollution is linked to higher rates of miscarriages, pregnancy complications and stillbirths, affecting women’s reproductive health. But public health experts say that air pollution’s impact on women's health is not getting the attention it needs.

Money in the forecast: Women reap unexpected gains from India's investment in early weather warning systems

India’s investment early weather warning systems was expected to help a predominantly male field of fishermen. But data suggests it may have unexpectedly led to major financial gains for women since the systems were launched a decade ago. Experts say the unintended win shows that gender is still a blind spot for climate policymakers.

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