Vandana Shiva is is a world renowned environmental activist and author. Her many books include: "Staying Alive"; "Ecofeminism" and "Protect or Plunder" and she has authored over 300 journal and scientific papers. Shiva has served as an adviser to governments in India and abroad as well as non governmental organisations, including the Women's Environment & Development Organization and the Third World Network. She is one of the leaders of the International Forum on Globalization and in 1993, and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (1993). Before becoming an activist, Shiva was one of India 's leading physicists. She holds a master's degree in the philosophy of science and a Ph.D. in particle physics.