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

Bejoy K Thomas has a background in social sciences with a Masters degree in Economics (Cochin University, India, 2001) and PhD in Development Studies (Tilburg University, The Netherlands, 2009). He is interested in interdisciplinary and problem driven research on environment and development. His early research was on multidimensional poverty and participatory development. Subsequently, he began looking at issues of water management and livelihoods in rural and peri-urban landscapes, in close collaboration with environmental scientists and engineers. He has 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).

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Recent research projects



  • 2017, 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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