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Jayanta Bandyopadhyay (Bengali: জয়ন্ত বন্দোপাধ্যায়; b. December 31, 1947, Kolkata, India), is a professor, environmentalist and author. He has recently retired from his position as Professor and Head of the Center for Development and Environment Policy at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. An internationally renowned professional on public interest research and environmental policy, Bandyopadhyay has authored fourteen critically acclaimed books and monographs, in addition to 130 papers and articles. He has been invited as speaker and expert from various organizations and institutes in all parts of the world.
Early life and education
Bandyopadhyay was born in Kolkata, India in 1947. He received an Master of Technology degree in 1969 and PhD in 1975 from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. After obtaining his doctorate, he turned his academic interest to the interdisciplinary area of Science and Environment. He soon started to understand the reasons behind the forest movement in the Indian Himalaya, widely known as the Chipko Andolan. His professional life soon started to revolve around environment and environmental movements.In 1977 he joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA, as a visiting post-doctoral fellow in the area of science and economic policy.
Bandyopadhyay is closely associated with environmental research in South Asia, especially on issues related to rivers. He has been a member of the faculty at IIM Bangalore, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Kathmandu, the International Academy of Environment (IAE), Geneva. In 1997 he was invited by the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC) to establish the Centre for Development and Environment Policy. He is now retired from his position at IIMC and is now adviser to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) New Delhi, Water Diplomacy Program at Tufts University, Medford, USA.
Books and Monographs
- Environmental Governance: Approaches, Imperatives and Methods (New Delhi, Bloomsbury) Co-edited, forthcoming in 2012
- The Indian Sundarbans Delta: A Vision (New Delhi, WWF-India), co-authored, forthcoming in 2011
- Water, Agriculture and Sustainable Well-being (New Delhi, Oxford University Press) 2009 (co-edited)
- Water, Ecosystems and Society: A Confluence of Disciplines (New Delhi, Sage) 2009 (authored)
- Report of the Task Force on the Mountain Ecosystems – Eleventh Five-Year Plan (New Delhi, Planning Commission, Government of India) 2006 (Co-authored)
- Integrated Water Systems Management in South Asia: A Framework for Research CDEP Occasional Paper 09 (Kolkata, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta) 2006 (authored)
- Biodiversity and Quality of Life (New Delhi, MacMillan) 2005 (co-edited)
- Moving the Mountains Up in the Global Environmental Agenda CDEP Occasional Paper 03 (Kolkata, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta) 2004 (co-authored)
- Freshwater for India’s Children and Nature (New Delhi: UNICEF & WWF) 1998 (co-authored)
- Mountains of the World: A Global Priority (London: Parthenon) 1997 (editorial advisor and joint coordinator for production).
- Structural Transformation Processes Towards Sustainable Development in India and Switzerland (Bern, Swiss National Science Foundation) May 1996 (co-authored).
- Natural Resource Management in the Mountain Environment: the Case of Doon Valley Occasional Paper14 (Kathmandu: ICIMOD) 1989 (authored)
- Science and Technology in the Asia-Pacific Region (Paris: UNESCO) 1989 (authored).
- India’s Environment: Crises and Responses (Dehradun: Natraj Publishers) 1985 (co-edited)