After completing his MSc in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford, Manan returned to India in 2015 to help design and implement forest conservation programmes for state governments across multiple landscapes in India. Manan has supplemented these activities with co-authoring reviews to understand the policy landscape. These have included a review paper on the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill 2016 passed by the Indian Parliament (published in Current Science in 2016) and understanding forestry sector-based climate action commitments in the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) (published in Forest Policy and Economics). As a budding travel writer, he has also published some of his adventures for Outlook Traveller.
In the summer of 2017, Manan undertook a fellowship on disaster risk reduction at the University of Geneva, and focussed his research on exploring the intersection between disaster management and climate adaptation policies in India. He also appeared as an environmental expert on NDTV, a pan-Indian English news channel, to talk about the Delhi air pollution crisis in November 2017.
Currently, Manan is engaged as a Teaching Fellow in Environmental Studies at Ashoka University, a leading liberal arts university in India, while also researching on the ecological and institutional dimensions of climate mitigation through Carbon sequestration in Indian forests