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 landscape ecology, biodiversity conservation, 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 obtained his B.A. in Geography from the University of Burdwan (2010), M.A in Geography from Lucknow University (2012) and PG Diploma in Remote Sensing and GIS from Jamia Millia Islamia (2013), India. He received his PhD in Environmental Geography (2018) from the Department of Geography, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India.
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