Bejoy K Thomas

Fellow (Associate Professor level)

Water, Land and Society Programme
Centre for Environment and Development
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)
Bangalore, India

Brief profile

I am a social scientist with a strong record of undertaking problem driven research on environment and development, working in interdisciplinary teams, along with environmental scientists and engineers. I have a Masters degree in Economics (Cochin University, India, 2001) and PhD in Development Studies (Tilburg University, The Netherlands, 2009). My research has looked at social and economic change, in rural and peri-urban landscapes, with particular focus on land and water resources, multidimensional poverty and participatory development.

I did my Masters dissertation at Tilburg University with the Jan Tinbergen scholarship (2000) and my doctoral research on poverty was selected as one among the leading PhD studies on the topic by IFPRI under the 2020 Vision initiative (2007). I have been a Visiting Fellow at the Water Institute, University of Waterloo, Canada (2016) and the Liu Institute for Global Issues, The University of British Columbia, Canada (2017). I have been elected as an executive committee member of Indian Society for Ecological Economics (2016-18) and the faculty representative on the governing board of ATREE (2015-17).

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Recent research projects



  • 2015-16, 2013-14, 2011, 2009, 2008: Social Sciences foundation (C2, F2), Research methods (C4, C5, C2): co-taught

Recent external presentations

  • 2017 Mar: The University of British Columbia, Canada; Future of Food Global Dialogue Series
  • 2016 Oct: Sacred Heart College, Chalakudy, India; Frontier Dialogue Series
  • 2016 Jul: Utrecht University, The Netherlands; LANDac Annual International Conference
  • 2016 Jun: National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India; Workshop on Bangalore's Great Transformation: Land, Ecologies, Economies, Communities
  • 2016 Apr: Manipal University, India; Panel Forum on Water Security at the adelphi-Manipal University Exhibition on Environment, Conflict and Cooperation
  • 2016 Mar: University of Waterloo, Canada; The Water Institute Seminar
  • 2015 May: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA; ICARUS Fourth Global Meeting
  • 2014 Sep: Public Affairs Centre, Bangalore, India; Colloquium on Urban Resilience

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