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Dr. Aditya Ghosh
Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Research

Dr. Aditya has been juggling with geography and journalism for 18 years now. With academic stints at Heidelberg, Leuphana, Sussex-IDS, Arizona State, Lincoln, Mumbai, Calcutta universities between 2010 and now as well as professional engagements with Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Guardian, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Hindustan Times, The Times of India in the previous 10 ten years – Aditya has been passionate about challenging his own limits. His disciplinary expertise encompasses human geography; political ecology; urban studies; environmental anthropology and sociology; development and postcolonial studies; culture and media studies. He has received a number of prestigious awards such as DAAD fellowship from the German government, Chevening fellowship from UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), independent two-year research grant from Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Heidelberg University’s start-up grant, Chancellor’s fellowship from Sussex University, UK; Asian Environment Journalism Award (2013 & 2015) and SIDA fellowship in development journalism. His oeuvre comprises a book from Springer, edited volumes, several articles in reputable and high-ranked academic journals, book chapters, UN policy documents and a few thousand media articles that include research-based features, opinion pieces and essays. When he is with himself, he can generally be found on a cosy couch listening to Hindustani classical music or immersed in literature, in the kitchen cooking traditional recipes from across the world or glued to his laptop watching the best of world cinema and documentaries. He aspires to be a story-teller one day!

B.Sc. (University of Mumbai)
B.A. (University of Calcutta)
M.A. (University of Calcutta)
M.A. (University of Sussex)
Ph.D. (University of Heidelberg)

Teaching and Research Interests

Disaster and risk reduction; sustainable development and transitions; rural-urban transformations, urbanism and urban studies; sociocultural impacts of climate change, resilience and adaptation; narratives and discourses of human-environment interactions; help locating, legitimising and mainstreaming community knowledge; geospatial planning; environmental justice; biodiversity conservation and energy transition.


Publications (Selected) :


Ghosh, A., “Sustainability conflicts in Coastal India: Hazards, changing climate and development discourse in Indian Sundarbans,” (2018), Springer ISBN: 978-3319638911


Journal publications (peer-reviewed):

  • Ghosh, A., & Boyd, E. (2019). Unlocking knowledge-policy action gaps in disaster-recovery-risk governance cycle: A governmentality approach. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 101236.
  • Ghosh, A., & Boykoff M., (2018) “Framing sustainability and climate change: Interrogating discourses in vernacular and English-language media in Sundarbans, India“ Geoforum
  • Ghosh, A., Schmidt, S., Fickert, T., & Nüsser, M. (2015). “The Indian Sundarban Mangrove Forests: History, Utilization, Conservation Strategies and Local Perception.” Diversity, 7(2), 149-169.
  • Boyd, E., & Ghosh, A. (2013). “Innovations for enabling urban climate governance: evidence from Mumbai.” Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 31(5), 926-945.
  • Ghosh, P., & Ghosh, A. (2018). Is ecotourism a panacea? Political ecology perspectives from the Sundarban Biosphere Reserve, India. GeoJournal, 1-22
  • Gibson, T. D., M. Pelling, A. Ghosh, D. Matyas, A. Siddiqi, W. Solecki, L. Johnson, C. Kenney, D. Johnston, and R. Du Plessis (2016). “Pathways for Transformation: Disaster Risk Management to Enhance Resilience to Extreme Events.” Journal of Extreme Events: 1671002.

    Book Chapters:
  • Boyd, E., Ghosh, A., & Boykoff, M. T. (2015). 8 Climate Change Adaptation in Mumbai, India. The Urban Climate Challenge: Rethinking the Role of Cities in the Global Climate Regime, Routledge, 139.
  • Boykoff, Ghosh & Venkateswaran., (2013) Media coverage of discourse on adaptation., book chapter in Successful Adaptation to Climate Change: Linking Science and Policy in a Rapidly Changing World, Ed. Susanne C. Moser, Maxwell T. Boykoff, Routledge
  • Editor:
  • The Tides of Life: An Anthology on the Sundarbans, Publisher: Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), Government of India (in press)
  • Policy and advocacy publication:
  • Ghosh, A., in Pelling, Mark (eds.). 2014. Pathways for Transformation: Disaster risk management to enhance development goals. UNISDR Background Paper prepared for the 2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction. Geneva, Switzerland
  • Ghosh, A. (2012). Living with changing climate–impact, vulnerability and adaptation challenges in Indian Sundarbans. Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, 91.

Acclaimed Journalistic Projects & Publications:

  • Commercial surrogacy and artificial reproductive technologies; their cultural and gender dynamics, changing ethos, moralities, ethics and values in an evolving social landscape
  • AIDS orphans and of HIV-positives in rural and urban India; their social, scientific, legal and gender dimensions
  • Impacts of environmental shifts and climate change
  • On Indian agriculture and fishing
  • How it creates new markets of weather derivatives and forecasts
  • How they aggravate social malaises such as child labour, dowry and human trafficking
  • Urbanisation and its environmental impacts covering spatial and temporal aspects such as slum proliferations, increasing water stress and ensuing corruption, spatial relations between daily commute and household poverty 
  • Weather insurance for agriculture and farming
  • Wildlife crimes and conservation
  • Polish refugees to India during the World War II and recounting the narratives of migration from across Poland, UK and India from the survivors, uncovering bonds and turbulence of forced displacements.

Conferences / Invited Talks (Selected):

  • Climate risks and environmental disasters: A Governmentality Approach: Annual Conference, Royal Anthropological Society, UK: The British Museum, London 2016.
  • Our Common Future under Climate Change: Paris (June 2015): “Subjectivities of risk and conceptualizing daily disaster”
  • STEPS Centre, IDS Summer School, (May 2014) University of Sussex
  • Epistemologies of Water in Asia, Cluster of Excellence, Asia & Europe in Global Context, University of Heidelberg, December 2014
  • King’s College, UCL September 2014, ¤ University of Reading DEEM Workshop June 2014 ¤ DAAD-Graduiertenakademie September 2013


Research Projects / Curations / Exhibitions (selected):

“When fictions reveal facts: (Re)constructing sustainability in the Global South by literary and socio-cultural narratives”. Ongoing
Funded by: Fritz-Thyssen Stiftung, Germany – the first large private individual foundation promoting science and research to be founded (1959) in the Federal Republic of Germany after the Second World War.

“Bridging the great divide in Sustainability Science”
Funded by State of Lower Saxony & Volkswagen Foundation; 2017-2019

  • Carrying out a pilot study on disaster risk reduction to map knowledge-action gaps, their drivers and possible remedies in India-Bangladesh coast
  • Critiquing sustainability knowledge processes to develop a conceptual framework to offer methodological and theoretical synergies, uncover barriers and challenges, ensure justice and mitigate knowledge-action gaps
  • Legitimising and validating imaginative, alternative and multiple epistemologies by uncovering diverse narratives of sustainability across cultures.