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  • University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh House 56, Road 4/A, Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1209
  • 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& Development.
Social Theory and Research Methods.
Research and Writing.
Editing.

Shantanu Kumar Saha, PhD

Assistant Professor & Researcher Fellow

Overview

Dr. Shantanu Kumar Saha has been with University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) since 2016.Prior to this, he worked as a teaching assistant for both undergraduate and graduate level courses at the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan for about seven years during his postgraduate study. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. from the School of Asia Pacific Studies, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan.He has published papers in academic journals, book from international publisher, book chapters and research reports.He has received several scholarships and research grants for interdisciplinary and international activities including The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund – Sylff 2010 & 2011 Scholarship, a Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship, "Research Grant Program for Foreign Doctoral Candidates in Japan” of The Setsutaro Kobayashi Memorial Fund’s FY 2010. He is the recipient of prestigious Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) fellowship to work as research fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK and the "Sylff Research Abroad" Grant to work and study as an intern at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.

Research & Awards

Current Project:

  • Clean technology solutions for artisanal fisheries in Bangladesh. Funded by GCRF grant via Keele University, UK.
  • Diffusion of Indigenous Cultivation Practices for Adaptation in Areas Affected by Extreme Climatic Events.

Research Grants & Fellowship:

  • “ACU (The Association of Commonwealth Universities) Blue Charter Fellowship” for talented researchers to travel from an ACU member university to a host institution in another country, for research work themed around addressing the critical global issue of marine plastics, November 2019 – February 2020; £14,000 GBP for purposes of research visit to Keele University, United Kingdom.
  • "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 Grant Program for Foreign Doctoral Candidates in Japan” of The Setsutaro Kobayashi Memorial Fund’s FY 2010, ¥770,000.
  • RCAPS Master’s Student Field Research Grant (Fall, 2008), ¥ 75000.

Academic Awards & Scholarships:

  • Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) “Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship” (April 2012 to September 2012).
  • The RyoichiSasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund –Sylff 2011 Scholarship (April, 2011 to March, 2012).
  • The RyoichiSasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund –Sylff 2010 Scholarship (April, 2010 to March, 2011).
  • Ritsumeikan APU Scholarship Doctoral Program (100% Tuition Reduction) .
  • Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) “Honors Scholarship” (April 2009 to September 2009).
  • APU-Club Faculty & Staff Association Scholarship (Fall, 2008).
  • Ritsumeikan APU Scholarship for Masters Program (65% Tuition Reduction).

PhD Thesis

Saha, S. K. (2015). Challenges in Adopting Floating Bed Cultivation in Waterlogged Areas: A Case Study from Southwest Bangladesh (Doctoral Dissertation). Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan.

Invited talk:

  • Expert lecture on ‘Sustainable Development’ at the Climathon 2019 in Dhaka City at Daily Star Office.
  • Guest Lecture, Discussed “Understanding Sustainability Concept: From Environmental Movements to Sustainable Development Goals” on the course “Sustainability and Green Technology” (Level 7) by Dr. Sharon George at Keele University, Staffordshire, United Kingdom; 11 February 2020.
  • Guest Lecture, Discussed “Organic Farming and Sustainable Development” on the course Agricultural Planning by Assistant Professor Md. MostafizurRahmanat at Khulna University, 30 October 2016.
  • Guest Lecture, Discussed “Poverty and Rural Life in Bangladesh” on the course Area Studies II (South Asia) by Professor A. Mani at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, 28 June 2012.

Work Experience:

Assistant Professor-cum-Research Fellow (February 1, 2018 - Continuing)
Senior Lecturer-cum-Research Associate (May 2, 2016 – January, 2018)

University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB)
Company Location : House 56, Road 4/A | Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1209 Bangladesh
Department: Center for Sustainable Development.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Currently teaching undergraduate courses
  • Developed syllabus and overall course structure, and administer all grades
  • Curriculum Development for IQAC (Institutional Quality Assurance Cell)
  • Pursuing empirical research on Sustainable Development Issues
  • Organizing and attending professional conferences, trainings and seminars
  • Performing a variety of administrative functions. Coordinate with the CSD team to organize talks/speaker events with prominent scholars and activists.
  • Brochure and Handbook development
  • Editing, producing and proof reading publishable items to ensure they are of the highest quality.
  • Creating, editing and publishing new content for articles, features, blogs, Newsletter, Press release.
  • Worked as the Editor of newsletters, various academic (including editing theses, professional manuscripts, reports, research proposals, conference abstracts, educational materials, and brochures) and administrative materials (official letter, invitation letter, press release).

Research Fellow (November 21, 2019 – February 21, 2020)

Institute for Sustainable Futures

Company Location: Keele University, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Funding: ACU (The Association of Commonwealth Universities) Blue Charter Fellowship.

Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research on “Development of materials from waste coconut husk for use in new products as alternatives to single-use plastics”.
  • Research Concept Development for joint publication.
  • Worked with Keele University professors on developing funding applications.
  • Given lectures in the “Sustainability and Green Technology” course which is a graduate school course (Level 7).
  • Given a public lecture at the “Institute for Sustainable Futures Seminar Series”.
  • Attended classes both at under-graduate (Entrepreneurship; Green Business) and graduate level (Sustainability and Green Technology) to collect and development course materials.

Teaching Assistant & Research Assistant ( March 1, 2008 - July 27, 2015)

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan.

Company Location : 1-1 Jumonjibaru, Beppu Shi, Oita Ken 874-8755 Japan.
Department: Academic Office.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Worked alongside professors to support learning activities, helping to plan lessons and prepare teaching materials.
    Course taught: Research Methodology; Data Analysis and Statistics.
  • Demonstrated MS-Excel and SPPS to solve statistical problems with software.
  • Helped professor prepare for lessons by getting materials ready or setting up equipment, such as computers.
  • Reinforced lessons presented by teachers by reviewing material with students one-on-one or in small groups.
  • Helped professor with recordkeeping, such as tracking attendance and calculating grades.
  • Assisted undergraduate and Master’s students preparing research proposal, editing thesis.
  • Assisted professor in Data collection, Literature review, Documentation, Data transcription, Research design, Report writing.

Intern ( August 8, 2012 - September 6, 2012) :

S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) :

Company Location : Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore.

Department: Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies
Funding: "Sylff Research Abroad" Grant by the The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • wrote personal blog posts
  • Helped in writing newsletters.
  • organizing workshop.

Technical Skills:

  • LMS: Moodle, Blackboard 9.1, Google Classroom
  • OS: Windows, macOS
  • Applications: MS Office Suite, SPSS, Nvivo.

 

 

Publications

Books

Selim, S. A, Saha, S. K., Sultana, R.,& Roberts, C. (Eds.) (2018). TheEnvironmental Sustainable Development Goals in Bangladesh. London, UK: Routledge.


Moolna, A., Selim, S, George, S., Saha, S. K., Roberts, C., Bhowmik, J., Hulme, A., George, S., Karim, S. and Robinson, Z. (2019). How can we meet the .energy challenges of small and remote coastal communities affected by climate change in Bangladesh and globally?

Saha, S. K., &Preeti, A. A. (Eds.). (2019). Proceedings of 3rd CSD Annual Conference on Sustainable Development 2018. Dhaka, Bangladesh: Center for Sustainable Development (CSD). ISBN: 978-984-34-6374-6

Selim, S. A., Jahan, N., &Saha, S. K. (Eds.). (2017). Proceedings of 2nd CSD Annual Conference on Sustainable Development 2017. Dhaka, Bangladesh: Center for Sustainable Development (CSD). ISBN: 978-984-34-3035-9

Selim, S. A., Saha, S. K., & Jahan, N. (Eds.). (2017). CSD Newsletter Spring 2017, Dhaka, Bangladesh: Center for Sustainable Development (CSD).

Saha, S. K. (Ed.). (2017). CSD Newsletter Spring 2017, 2. Dhaka, Bangladesh: Center for Sustainable Development (CSD).

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. 

Chakravarty, S., Saha, S. K., & Selim, S. A. (2020). Recreational services in tourism dominated coastal ecosystems: Bringing the non-economic values into focus Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, 30, 1-11.

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. 

Bhowmik, J., Selim, S. A., &Saha, S. K. (2017). Greening ULAB: Pioneering the Campus Sustainability Program in Bangladesh. Dhaka, Bangladesh: Center for Sustainable Development (CSD). ISBN: 978-984-34-2827-1. 

Islam, M. S., Nur, A. S. M. M., Selim, S. A., Saha, S. K., &Mahfuz, M. A. A. (2017). Organizational Capacity of Disabled People's Organization: Success and Challenges. Dhaka, Bangladesh: Center for Sustainable Development (CSD). ISBN: 978-984-34-2533-1.

Saha, S. K. (2020, July 04). Reverse migration issues. NEWAGE.

Saha, S. K. (2017). Alternative Understanding of Climate Economics: The Essence of Environmental Decision Making for Sustainable Development [Editorial]. CSD Newsletter Spring 2017, 2.

Saha, S. K. (2012, 03 September). Environmental Decision Making: Thinking alternatively in the face of inaction [Blog Post]. RSIS Blogs; Climate Change, Environmental Security and Natural Disasters. Retrieved from (https://www.rsis.edu.sg/blog/rsis/808/#.XXodAHFS-M_)

Chapters

Saha, S. K. (2019). Alternative Cultivation Practice in a Waterlogged Area: Challenges for Agricultural Extension Initiatives. In S. A. Selim, B. Tripathy, & M. Ahmed (Eds.), Resiliency in Action: Challenges and solutions to climate change in Bangladesh (pp. 171-194). Dhaka: The University Press Lim

Bhowmik, J., Saha, S. K., & Roberts, C. (2018). [Introduction]. In S. A. Selim, S. K. Saha, R. Sultana, & C. Roberts (Eds.), The Environmental Sustainable Development Goals in Bangladesh (pp. 1-14). London, UK: Routledge.

Chakravarty, S., Saha, S. K.,& Selim, S. A. (2018). Meanings, Opportunities and Challenges of Cultural Ecosystem Services-based Coastal Management in the Sundarbans Mangroves, Bangladesh: Management priorities for achieving SDGs 14 and 15. In S. A. Selim, S. K. Saha, R. Sultana, & C. Roberts (Eds.),

Kabir, K. H., Aftab, S., &Saha, S. K. (2018). Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure for the Sustainable Management of Mangroves in Bangladesh: Opportunities and Challenges. In S. A. Selim, S. K. Saha, R. Sultana, & C. Roberts (Eds.), The Environmental Sustainable Development Goals in Bangladesh (pp. 14

Conference Proceedings

Saha, S. K. (2019). River and Livelihood in Changing Climatic Context: A Case Study on a Group of Poor River Bank Dwellers in Bangladesh. Paper presented at the 8th SSEASR Conference (a regional conference of IAHR) on Rivers and Religion: Connecting Cultures of South and Southeast Asia. Dhaka, Bangl

Saha, S. K. (2018). Impact of Dairy Cooperative on Poverty Alleviation among Rural Poor: A Case Study of Panchagarh District in Bangladesh. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Development 2018. Dhaka, Bangladesh: United International University (UIU). (16 February, 201

Chakraborty, S. &Saha, S. K. (2018). Cultural Resilience in Complex Mangrove Ecosystem Affected by Climate Change:  Lessons from Sunderbans in Bangladesh. Paper presented at the 4th Gobeshona Annual Conference for Research on Climate Change in Bangladesh 2018. Dhaka, Bangladesh: Independent Universi

Bhowmik, J. &Saha, S. K. (2018). Community Resilience to Landslide Hazard in Chittagong Metropolitan City, Bangladesh. Paper presented at the BAPA-BEN Special Conference on Flood, Waterlogging, and Landslides in Bangladesh – Search for Effective Indigenous Solutions. Dhaka, Bangladesh: Krishibid Ins

Chakraborty, S. &Saha, S. K. (2017). Application of Cultural Services in Coastal Ecosystem Management: Meanings, Opportunities and Associated Pitfalls. Paper presented at the 2nd CSD Annual Conference 2017. Dhaka, Bangladesh: ULAB. (11 February, 2017).

Saha, S. K. (2014). An alternative view of the ‘traps’ of poverty in rural Bangladesh. Paper presented in the 12th Asia Pacific University Conference 2014, Beppu, Japan.  (09 November, 2014).

Saha, S. K. (2012). Failure of Development Projects and Staying Poor: A Case Study of Poverty Transitions of Rural People. Paper presented at the Asia Pacific University Conference 2012, Beppu, Japan. (08 December, 2012).

Saha, S. K. (2011). Natural Disasters and Occupational Change: A Case Study of a Group of Poor River Bank Dwellers in Bangladesh. Paper presented at the 2nd IAAPS Annual Conference / AJJ Annual Meeting. Beppu, Japan: IAAPS. (26 November, 2011).

Saha, S. K. (2008). Soilless Cultivation for Landless People: An Alternative Livelihood Practice through Indigenous Hydroponic Agriculture in Flood-prone Bangladesh. Paper presented at the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Annual Conference: The Asia Pacific and the Emerging World System, Beppu. (

Discussant for two sessions (Climate Change and Environment) at the 4th Annual Conference on Social Research in Bangladesh 2019 organized by the Bangladesh Institute of Social Research (BISR) Trust

The University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh and its curricula are accredited by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh, and approved by the Ministry of Education, Government of People's Republic of Bangladesh.

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