Faculty Profile

  • PhD in Asia Pacific Studies (Development Studies); Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan. 
    MS in International Cooperation Policy (Environmental Policy and Administration); Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan. 
    B.Sc.Ag (Hons) in Agriculture; Patuakhali Science & Technology University, Bangladesh. 

Areas of Interest

Environment/Disaster Management
Climate Change Adaptation/Indigenous Knowledge 
Agriculture Extension and Rural Development 
Poverty Reduction
Sustainable Development

Shantanu Kumar Saha, PhD

Senior Lecturer & Research Associate

Overview

Throughout the seven years of his postgraduate study he simultaneously worked as a teaching assistant for both undergraduate and graduate level courses at the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan. In addition to that, he assisted professors in different research activities in the fields of environmental sciences, rural sociology, and community capacity development. Furthermore, he served as an Intern with the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.

Awards:
# Ritsumeikan APU Scholarship for Masters Program (65% Tuition Reduction)
# APU-Club Faculty & Staff Association Scholarship (Fall, 2008)
# Honors Scholarship (April 2009 to September 2009)

# Ritsumeikan APU Scholarship Doctoral Program (100% Tuition Reduction)
# The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund –Sylff 2010 Scholarship (April, 2010 to March, 2011)
# The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund –Sylff 2011 Scholarship (April, 2011 to March, 2012)
# Monbukagakush Honors Scholarship (April 2012 to September 2012).

* RCAPS Master’s Student Field Research Grant (Fall, 2008), ¥ 75000.
* "Research Grant Program for Foreign Doctoral Candidates in Japan” of The Setsutaro Kobayashi Memorial Fund’s FY 2010, ¥770,000.
* "Sylff Research Abroad" Grant for supporting academic research related to doctoral dissertation by the The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund, for traveling to the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, FY 2012. $ 4200

Research & Awards

Current Projects:
Diffusion of Indigenous Cultivation Practices for Adaptation in Areas Affected by Extreme Climatic Events
Conferences:
“An alternative view of the ‘traps’ of poverty in rural Bangladesh” Paper presented in the 12th Asia Pacific University Conference 2014 (09 November, 2014).
“Failure of Development Projects and Staying Poor: A Case Study of Poverty Transitions of Rural People” Paper presented in the Asia Pacific University Conference 2012 (08 December, 2012).
“Natural Disasters and Occupational Change: A Case Study of a Group of Poor River Bank Dwellers in Bangladesh” Paper presented in the 2nd IAAPS Annual Conference / AJJ Annual Meeting (26 November, 2011).
“Soilless Cultivation for Landless People: An Alternative Livelihood Practice through Indigenous Hydroponic Agriculture in Flood-prone Bangladesh” Paper presented in the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Annual Conference: The Asia Pacific and the Emerging World System (14 December, 2008).

Publications

Journal Articles

Saha, S. K. (2010). Soilless Cultivation for Landless People: An Alternative Livelihood Practice through Indigenous Hydroponic Agriculture in Flood-prone Bangladesh. Ritsumeikan Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, 27, 139-152. 

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