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This conversation will focus on climate change, hazard management and activism in the Sundarbans, a UNESco world heritage listed biosphere reserve and Ramsar wetland in India and Bangladesh. This transboundary environmental commons and mangrove ecosystem is threatened by sea level rise, floods as well as tropical cyclones.


With: Sanjana Dutt, Department of Geography, University of Kolkata, India

           Dr Anwesha Haldar, Department of Geography, East Calcutta Girls' College, University of

           Kolkata, India

           Dr Jenia Mukherjee, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of

           Technology Kharagpur, 

           Prof. Lakshminarayan Satpati, Department of Geography, University of Kolkata, India

           Assoc Prof Aditya Ghosh, Jindal Global University, India

           Momtaj Khalil, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia/Khulna University, Bangladesh

           Prof Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt is at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National 

           University, Australia


Date: Thursday, 24th June, 2021

Time: 1.45pm-3.00pm (Melbourne)/9.15am (Kolkata, India)

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Meeting ID: 838 9697 3667
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Sanjana Dutt has been working on well-being and is associated with various projects in Kolkata. She has been participating in Earth Unbound dialogues since the beginning of the year and has contributed to expanding the reach beyond the Global North.


Dr Anwesha Haldar is at the Department of Geography, East Calcutta Girls' College, West Bengal State University. Her recent research focuses on soil salinity in the Sundarbans.


Dr Jenia Mukherjee is at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India. Her research interest spans across political ecology and environmental humanities. She was awarded the Carson Writing Fellowship (2018-19) for completing her book Blue Infrastructures: Natural History, Political Ecology and Urban Development in Kolkata (Singapore: Springer Nature, 2020). (available in Deakin Library)


Prof. Lakshminarayan Satpati is at the Department of Geography, University of Kolkata. His primary interests revolve around climate, water resources, geoforms, population, environment and development. He has been closely monitoring climate change in the Kolkata-Sundarbans area and has supervised more than 20 scholars.


Dr Aditya Ghosh is an Associate Professor at the Jindal School of Art and Architecture His latest book is “Sustainability conflicts in Coastal India: Hazards, changing climate and development discourse in Indian Sundarbans,” (2018), Springer ISBN: 978-331963891. The book engages with critical questions over disaster and risk reduction, sociocultural impacts of climate change, resilience and adaptation and environmental justice.


Momtaj Khalil has just submitted her doctoral thesis (University of Technology, Sydney). Her research focuses on place-based adaptation by women in a post-cyclone coastal settlement of Bangladesh.


Prof Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt is at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University Her research focuses on community livelihoods and natural resource management. Her documentary film Women at the Water’s Edge focuses on the challenges of living with climate change in the Sundarbans


Kind Regards


Michele Lobo (with Eve Mayes and Laura Bedford)



Dr Michele Lobo

Lecturer, Human Geography

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Education

Deakin University, 221 Burwood Hwy, Victoria 3125



Editor, Social & Cultural Geography

Editor, Book Reviews/Critical Dialogues, Postcolonial Studies

Institute of Australian Geographers Council Member/Cultural Geography Study Group Co-convenor


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