Anirban Datta Roy

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Anirban Datta Roy
Senior Programme Manager, Foundation for Ecological Security
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Research interests
My research interests lie primarily in the documentation and conservation of biodiversity in the upland areas of northeastern India. My PhD research focuses on swidden and village hunting by indigenous tribes in the biodiversity rich hill forests of northeast India. These are activities that have complex linkages with culture, socioeconomics, regional identity and local institutions. I attempt to understand the implications of current policies aimed at curbing swidden and hunting in the state of Arunachal Pradesh.

Saurashtra University, Wildlife Institute of India (2003)
Master of Science (Wildlife Science)

Bangalore University, St. Josephs Arts and Science College (1997)
Bachelor of Science (Microbiology, Chemistry and Zoology)


Peer-reviewed publications and posters (selected)

  • DATTA-ROY, A. AND A SINHA. (2001). Food, sex and society: Social evolution among wild bonnet macaques. Proceedings of the International Conference on Tropical Ecosystems: Structure, Diversity and Human Welfare (eds. K N Ganeshaiah, R Uma Shanker and K S Bawa), Oxford IBH, New Delhi, pp. 727-731
  • SINHA, A., MUKHOPADHYAY, K., DATTA-ROY, A. AND RAM, S. (2005). Ecology proposes, behaviour disposes: Ecological variability in social organisation and male behavioural strategies among wild bonnet macaques. Current Science. Vol. 89, No. 7.
  • DATTA-ROY, A. AND N. VED (2007) Tribals and large mammals: Survey of mammalian fauna and local attitudes towards wildlife in non protected areas in the vicinity of Balpakram National Park, Meghalaya. Poster presented at the Tropical Ecology Congress, Dehradun, December 2007
  • DATTA-ROY, A., N. VED AND A.C. WILLIAMS (2009). Participatory elephant monitoring in south Garo hills: efficacy and utility in a human-animal conflict scenario. Tropical Ecology Vol. 50, No. 1.
  • RADHAKRISHNA, S., A. DATTA-ROY, AND A. SINHA. (2010). “Population Survey of the Bengal Slow Loris, Nycticebus bengalensis, in Meghalaya, Northeast India.” Primate Conservation (25): 105–110.
  • DATTA-ROY, A AND N.D. RAI (2015) Fallow hunters: Spatio-temporal dynamics of large mammal hunting in a shifting cultivation landscape in Arunachal Pradesh, India. Poster presented at International Congress for Conservation Biology & European Congress for Conservation Biology (organised by the Society for Conservation Biology) at Montpellier, France, August.
  • DATTA-ROY, A. (2018). Hunter identity in a changing landscape. Seminar, (February), 41–45.
  • DATTA-ROY, A., V. RAMACHANDRAN & K. TEEGALAPALLI (2018). An Annotated Checklist of the Birds of the Upper Siang Region, Arunachal Pradesh, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 10 (5), 11636–11651; htp://doi.og/10.11609/jot.3784.10.5.11636-11651
  • SHETH, C. et al. (2020). “The devil is in the detail”: Peer-review of the Wildlife Conservation Plan by the Wildlife Institute of India for the Etalin Hydropower Project, Dibang Valley. ZOO’S PRINT 35: 1–78.


Articles in general media


Dissertation and reports (selected)

  • Datta-Roy, A. (2003) Assessment of Human - Elephant Conflicts in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal in relation to land – use patterns. Masters dissertation. Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun
  • Datta-Roy, A., Sharma, A. and Azyu, T.T.(2007) Kiasietlah Conservation Area: Survey for wildlife values, Final Report. Samrakshan Trust and Environment and Forests Department, Mara Autonomous District Council
  • Datta-Roy, A., Karthik, T., Nimesh Ved and Yash Shethia (2008) Participatory elephant monitoring and human elephant conflict in the Baghmara Balpakram Landscape, South Garo Hills, Meghalaya: A Report detailing the activities undertaken between June 2005 and December 2007. Samrakshan Trust, Meghalaya Field Office.
  • Radhakrishna, S., A Datta-Roy, Swapna N and A Sinha (2009) Population survey of Bengal Slow Loris in Meghalaya, northeastern India. Technical Report # 4-09., Ecology, Behaviour and Conservation Group, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.
  • Datta-Roy, A (2011) An interdisciplinary investigation into local hunting in Arunachal Pradesh, northeast India. Technical report for ATREE-NORAGRIC Small Grants Program. Bangalore, India.
  • Datta-Roy, A (2014) Patterns of local hunting in mixed use landscapes of the Dihang Dibang Biosphere Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh. Final report for Rufford Small Grants.


Presentations and papers delivered

  • ‘Participatory elephant monitoring in south Garo hills: efficacy and utility in a human-animal conflict scenario’. Presentation made at the Tropical Ecology Congress, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun (December, 2007)
  • ‘The persistence of local hunting in northeast India: An interdisciplinary investigation’. Presentation made at ‘People and biodiversity in the context of global change: ATREE NORAGRIC Project ending workshop’, Gangtok, Sikkim (May, 2011)
  • 'Supplementary Livelihood Options for Local Communities and other Rural Populations'. Presentation made at 'Second Himalayan Researchers Consortium', organised by National Mission for Himalayan Studies at Gangtok, Sikkim (26 - 27 November, 2018). Awarded 'Best Presentation' in session 'Livelihood Options and Employment Generation'.


Grants awarded

  • ATREE NORAGRIC Small Grant (2009) for the project titled ‘An interdisciplinary investigation into local hunting in northeast India’
  • ATREE Northeast Small Grant (2010) for the project titled ‘Local hunting in northeast India: An interdisciplinary investigation’
  • Rufford Small Grants (2012) for the project titled ‘Patterns of local hunting in mixed use landscapes of the Dihang Dibang Biosphere Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh’


Work and research experience

National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, Karnataka
Project Assistant (2000)
Worked on the social behaviour of the Bonnet macaque (Macaca radiata) in the Bannerghatta NP
Worked on social behaviour, demography and vocal communication of the Bonnet macaque in Bandipur NP

Asian Elephant Research and Conservation Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka
Research Assistant (2003)
Data analysis, GIS and working with satellite imageries of Human Elephant Conflict project in northern West Bengal.

Centre for Wildlife Studies, Bangalore, Karnataka
Research Assistant (2003-2004)
Camera trapping and Line transects in Nagarahole NP, Bandipur NP and Melghat TR

National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, Karnataka
Project Assistant (2005)
Survey of selected protected areas in central and southern Assam for primates

Samrakshan Trust
Wildlife Biologist (2005 September – 2008 September)
Biological surveys and training staff in Meghalaya, Mizoram and Madhya Pradesh field offices; Proposal writing and correspondence with donors; GIS and mapping


Thesis Title: 
Swidden, hunting and Adi Culture: Highland Transitions in Arunachal Pradesh, India
Date of Graduation: 
14.06.2019, Friday
Graduation Batch: 

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