I am an environmental and climate researcher, writer and early-career journalist based in New York, USA. I hold subject-matter specialization in climate, environmental and ecological policy, with rigorous training and experience in economics, data analysis and communications.

Reach me at shivanishukla04@uchicago.edu.

Published Articles: A Selection

Here is a featured selection of my writing work.

Insights on Biden Administration’s Climate Policy: Interview with Professor Amir Jina

Amir Jina is an Assistant Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy, UChicago. His research focuses on the role of the environment and environmental change in shaping of how societies develop. He has conducted fieldwork related to climate change adaptation with communities in India, Bangladesh, Kenya, and Uganda. Professor Jina is a founding member of the Climate Impact Lab – an interdisciplinary collaboration examining the socioeconomic impacts of climate change around the world. He was p

How Economics and Ecology Interact: Interview with Eyal Frank

Chicago Policy Review’s Shivani Shukla discusses Eyal’s interdisciplinary research with earth’s nonhuman co-habitants as protagonists, the ecological emergency, policy solutions to the crisis, and Princess Mononoke.

Eyal Frank is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy. As an environmental economist, he works at the intersection of Ecology and Economics, with a focus on understanding the costs of conservation policies, impact of market dynamics on wildlife levels, and how animals fit into human economic systems.

Impact of Disproportionate Air Pollution and Heat Exposure on Pregnancy

Impact of Disproportionate Air Pollution and Heat Exposure on Pregnancy

Climate change, environmental pollution and ecological degradation have been linked to undeniable and debilitating consequences on human health outcomes. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths every year between 2030 and 2050. This assessment includes direct mortalities as well as indirect deaths, such as from higher rates of infectious di

Disaster Relief in the U.S. Often Depends on Your Race

Disaster Relief in the U.S. Often Depends on Your Race

One of the first Executive Orders from President Biden’s Administration reads, “We must deliver environmental justice in communities all across America.” Amongst the many, many moving parts in climate and environmental policy, one of supreme importance is environmental justice and its nexus with racial and economic disparities. Certain communities have been historically disadvantaged through mechanisms of colonialism, primarily along racial

The City Is Not Designed for Women

The City Is Not Designed for Women

As stated by author and feminist-issues researcher Caroline Criado-Perez, the world is designed mostly by men with mostly other men in mind. The gender-based gap in data has been known to exist for a long time, and male-biased data has affected the living experiences of women in oft-realized but nether-talked ways. This holds for our built environments as well, where women are often left disadvantaged by existing infrastructures.

According to the American Ins

The Feminist Resistance and the Modern Dystopia

The model of a dystopia is that of a bleak grey world of tortured, bound souls, ruled by cruel authoritarian powers. Dystopian societies are mostly created in critique of present social and political conditions and incite a sense of probability, however scant, of this becoming a reality. Though most dystopian works feature male leads, a sub-genre known as feminist critical dystopia has evolved since the latter part of the 20th century, that focuses on stories in dystopian settings narrated by a woman.