Dr Mehebub Sahana

Research Associate

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Mehebub Sahana is a cultural and environmental geographer with an interest in analysing land-use changes with special respect to spaces, politics, and the governance of the living and materialistic world. His present research interests include geohazards, landscape ecology, multi-hazard risk assessment, land-use change, rural-urban conversion and the socio-political implications of land-use dynamics.

Dr Sahana is a native of the Bengal Delta in India. Observing first-hand and hearing narratives of the dramatic ecological changes that have occurred in the world’s largest tidal delta, first in the aftermath of colonisation and then during the post-independence and partition eras in India, drew him gradually to becoming a cultural and environmental geographer. His childhood by the banks of the oft in spate Damodar River in southern Bengal and accounts of how the local impoverished villagers combated the elements during the course of their daily lives further instilled a desire to study human habitations and adaptations in such hazard susceptible locales, leading him to undertake extensive fieldwork in the Sundarbans, the world's largest continuous mangrove forest, as part of his doctoral research in Geography. His research there crucially delved into how human-environment relationships in this ecologically fragile realm morphed after the advent of colonization, then during the post-partition and independence periods, entwining narratives on the utilisation of land, water and forest resources, the effects of climate change in this region and attendant issues of sustainable development, policies and governance. 

He is a Research Associate at the School of Environment, Education & Development, The University of Manchester. He engages with the two interdisciplinary research projects within SEED: 

Peri-cene: that investigates peri-urbanization and climate risk in city-regions around the world (https://peri-cene.net/).

Climate Just: climate just is an information tool designed to help with the delivery of equitable responses to climate change at the local level (https://www.climatejust.org.uk/).


​School of Environment, Education & Development | Spatial Policy and Analysis Laboratory 

Email: mehebub.sahana@manchester.ac.uk  



  • Geographical Information Systems, Geography, Remote Sensing, Cartography, Landscape ecology, Land-use change, Biodiversity conservation

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2018 - Doctor of Philosophy Jamia Millia Islamia (2014 - 2018)
  • 2012 - Master of Geography University of Lucknow (2010 - 2012)
  • 2010 - Bachelor of Arts University of Burdwan (2007 - 2010)

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