Simran Sethi (she/her) is a narrative practitioner and independent scholar focused on personal, social, and environmental change. Her current research as a visiting academic at PUFIN Centre at The Open University in Milton Keynes, UK is on the bio-cultural diversity of earth medicines and communities and lands that steward them.
Simran is the founder of the Asian Psychedelic Collective, an emerging space of belonging and support for Asians working with and in psychedelics, that is supported by her work as an inaugural Rhizome fellow with Culture Hack Labs. She is also a member of the first Fireside Project equity cohort, ensuring culturally responsive peer support for psychedelic experiences and integration, and serves on the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion team at the American Psychedelic Practitioners Association.
Named one of the “50 Most Influential Global Indians” by Vogue India and the “environmental messenger” by Vanity Fair, Simran has written for outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Smithsonian, Guernica, and The Guardian; and serves as visiting faculty at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. She was designated one of the top eight women saving the planet by Marie Claire, and is the author of Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love—named one of the best food books of 2016 by Smithsonian—about the loss of biodiversity in food and agriculture told through bread, wine, chocolate, coffee and beer.
Simran is the host and creator of The Slow Melt podcast, named Best Food Podcast by Saveur magazine; coauthor of Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy, winner of the 2008 Axiom Award for Best Business Ethics Book; and contributor to multiple anthologies, including Orion magazine’s Thirty-Year Plan and Fury: Women’s Lived Experiences During the Trump Era.
Simran is a former contributor to the National Public Radio and was one of the first inductees into Heritage Radio Network’s Hall of Fame. She holds an M.B.A. in sustainable management from the Presidio Graduate School, the first accredited graduate program in the United States to focus on sustainability in business, and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in sociology and women’s studies from Smith College, an institution that, in 2009, awarded her the Smith College Medal. She is currently completing a Master of Science in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology from the University of East London, where she is researching psilocybin and post-traumatic growth.
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