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Debojyoti Das

Lecturer in Anthropology, MA Regenerative Design
Central Saint Martins
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Debojyoti  Das


I have designed and taught several anthropology and sustainable development modules at SOAS and Sussex University that focus on deep ecological thinking and ideas such as multi species ethnography. My teaching and research has a practical but critical bend focussing on cultural, social and environmental anthropology. I inject a particular focus on student diversity and inclusivity by not only designing my teaching method but also making the content more reflective focussing on decolonial methodologies and postcolonial theory. In recent times I have been deeply committed to collaborating with Inter-Asia scholars working on environmental issues, political economy of development and planetary health.

My work in this arena has focused on changing climate, environmental refugees, their health and wellbeing and disasters in South Asia. I have been Principal Investigator in two Social Science Research Council funded projects on the theme Environmental Refugees. I have organised several photo exhibitions based on my previous fieldwork at the Nehru Centre London, Yale University Anthropology Department and at the Indian Museum, Kolkata working closely with local museum curators. Besides academic peer-reviewed publications, I have contributed to newspapers, blogs, seminars and stakeholders’ workshops. In 2022 with my student Lauren Elizabeth Grant, I organised the First International School on Climate Migration at SOAS which has opened up a new vista of opportunity to work collaboratively with postgraduate students. I am Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Asian Ethnicity and member of the Social Science Research Council, US, working group on Environmental Degradation and Oceanic Livelihoods. I will contribute with expertise in social, cultural, environmental anthropology, climate action and sustainable development issues from a decolonial Global South perspective.