Dr Bejoy K Thomas is an Associate Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune. Prior to that he was a fellow at ATREE, Bangalore, between 2008 and 2019. Bejoy is an interdisciplinary social scientist with interest in problem-driven research on environment and development. He holds a PhD in Development Studies from Tilburg University, The Netherlands (2009). He has been a Royal Bank of Canada Visiting Fellow at the Water Institute, University of Waterloo, Canada (2016) and a Visiting Fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, The University of British Columbia, Canada (2017).
Bejoy’s early research was on multidimensional poverty and participatory development. His doctoral research was chosen by IFPRI in 2007 as one of the leading doctoral studies on poverty as part of its 2020 Vision Initiative. Subsequently, he began looking at issues of water resources management in close collaboration with environmental scientists and engineers. During 2011-16, he co-led a multidisciplinary research initiative on water resources management and adaptation in urbanizing regions, with support from IDRC, Canada, and The Tata Trusts. His research has been published in development and sustainability journals including Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Water International, Irrigation and Drainage, and Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. He has been teaching social sciences foundation, field research methods and practicing interdisciplinary research in ATREE’s PhD program in Conservation Science and Sustainability Studies since 2008. He has designed and co-organized summer schools for interdisciplinary researchers. He has been an elected executive committee member of Indian Society for Ecological Economics (2016-18) and a member in the Government of Karnataka committee to develop an action plan to meet the UN SDG – 2.