Environment, Sustainability and Human Development (CESH)

The main focus of the environmental research group at JSLH is to merge environmental sciences with social studies, economics, policy, politics, climate, food, air, water, sanitation and several others to come up with ideas about the (a) governing factors, natural and anthropic, affecting human sustainable development, (b) spatio-temporal dimensions of the factors over varied scales and (c) potential pathways to address the challenges. A major thrust of our research is to devise and test latest geospatial modeling tools and techniques to map ‘hotspots’ of environment-induced socioeconomic changes, characterize temporal trends, identify main driving factors and develop strategic interventions.

The above ideas aptly lay the foundation of the Center for Environment, Sustainability and Human Development (CESH) – a transdisciplinary environmental research center established at JLSH that actively engages students from across the camps. Recently the center has received a university grant to test the applicability of recycled food-waste and crop-residues, alongside vermi-compost, to address growing concerns over air pollution in the NCR. The project will open up a variety of applied research opportunities for students in addition to help them earn paid-internship credits towards fulfillment of their BA degree program. This also sits at the very core of the entire liberal arts pedagogy at JSLH that strives to foster experiential learning and critical/creative thinking abilities among students.

A major focus in this regard has been to train students with advanced statistical analysis and report writing. Following are some selected articles published by our students at different times:

Sriroop Chaudhuri and Harnoor Kaur. Targeted reforms need to tackle drought. The Statesman. May 8, 2017.
Sriroop Chaudhuri and Harnoor Kaur. Delhi is on verge of a groundwater crises – and it’s time we stopped it. The Wire. April 21, 2017.
Mimi Roy and Ashoka Rathnam. Vertical forests must for urban spaces. Deccan Herald, April 4, 2017.
Sriroop Chaudhuri and Adithyalakshmanan K. Water vs. energy. Millennium Post. March 16, 2017.
Sriroop Chaudhuri and Dhriti Viswanath. Worthless waste that we produce. The Statesman. March 10, 2017.
Sriroop Chaudhuri, Mimi Roy and Shreya Monga. How NRDWP is faring in West Bengal. Millennium Post. July 25, 2016.

Dr. Sriroop Chaudhuri (Assistant Professor)

Dr. Mimi Roy (Associate Professor)

Ms. Harnoor Kaur (2nd year, BA Liberal Arts)

Mr. Adithyalakshmanan K (2nd year, BA Liberal Arts)

Ms. Dhriti Vishwanath (4th year, Law)

As part of the CESH we have publish numerous articles and produced peer-reviewed manuscripts for high-impact factor journals as follows:

Peer-reviewed Papers (published):

  1. Chaudhuri, S., M. Roy, and Amit Jain. Appraisal of WaSH (Water-Sanitation-Hygiene) Infrastructure using a composite index, spatial algorithms and sociodemographic correlates in rural India. Journal of Environmental Informatics (1st round review)
  2. Chaudhuri, S., and M. Roy. 2017. Rural-urban spatial inequality in water and sanitation facilities in India: A cross-sectional study from household to national level Applied Geography. 85:27-38.
  3. Chaudhuri, S., and M. Roy. 2017. Drinking water sources in India: How safe is Safe? Current Science. 113(3):393-402.
  4. Chaudhuri, S., and M. Roy. 2016. Overview of rural water supply sector in West Bengal, India: Challenges and concerns. International Journal of Innovative Research in Science, Engineering and Technology. 5(6):9768-9777.
  5. Chaudhuri, S., and M. Roy. 2016. Reflections on groundwater quality and urban-rural disparity in drinking water sources in Haryana, India. International Journal for Scientific Research and Development. 4(4):837-843.

Peer-reviewed Papers (under review):

  1. Chaudhuri, S. and M. Roy. Water-Energy Nexus: A Global Dilemma. Current Science (1st round review)
  2. Chaudhuri, S., and M. Roy. Conflict, violence, suicide: Can climate have a tell? Economic and Political Weekly. (1st round review)
  3. Chaudhuri, S., M. Roy, and Y. Goyal. Rural water supply infrastructure in India 2010-2015: Achievements and Concerns. Water International (3rd round Review
  1. Sriroop Chaudhuri. Change urban lifestyle to battle dengue. The Statesman. November 16, 2017.
  2. Sriroop Chaudhuri and Mimi Roy. Up in smokes. The Telegraph. November 16, 2017.
  3. Sriroop Chaudhuri and Mimi Roy. The fight against air pollution: Can Delhi better Beijing? Hindustan Times, November 15, 2017.
  4. Sriroop Chaudhuri and Mimi Roy. Air pollution: Without alternatives, penalties against stubble burning will never work. Economic Times. November 9, 2017.
  5. Sriroop Chaudhuri. Food: Affordability of waste. Millennium Post. October 11, 2017.
  6. Sriroop Chaudhuri. How inclusive has been our growth? The Statesman. September 29, 2017.
  7. Sriroop Chaudhuri. Have I fed my Child Well? Millennium Post. September 11, 2017.
  8. Sriroop Chaudhuri and Mimi Roy. Have we had enough? Millennium Post. August 21, 2017.
  9. Sriroop Chaudhuri and Mimi Roy. Safety vs. food sufficiency. Deccan Herald. July 31, 2017.
  10. Sriroop Chaudhuri and Mimi Roy. A self-destructive spiral. Millennium Post. July 18, 2017.
  11. Sriroop Chaudhuri. Joining hands. The Telegraph. July 10, 2017.
  12. Sriroop Chaudhuri and Mimi Roy. No quick-fixes again to farmers unrest, please. The Statesman, June 27, 2017.
  13. Sriroop Chaudhuri and Mimi Roy. Key to ‘looking East’. Deccan Herald, June 17, 2017.
  14. Sriroop Chaudhuri. What we need to do to tackle the crises of water depletion. Dialy O, June 4, 2016.
  15. Sriroop Chaudhuri and Mimi Roy. Waste: An ocean of inaction. Millennium Post. June 4, 2016.
  16. Sriroop Chaudhuri and Mimi Roy. Future Losses. The Telegraph, April 26, 2017.
  17. Sriroop Chaudhuri and Mimi Roy. In search of a water revolution. The Statesman. March 29, 2017.
  18. Sriroop Chaudhuri and Mimi Roy. Digital India needs to make space for waste. Daily O. February 23, 2017.
  19. Sriroop Chaudhuri and Mimi Roy. Giving worth to the worthless. Millennium Post. February 20, 2017.
  20. Sriroop Chaudhuri and Mimi Roy. Lapses in Monitoring. Deccan Herald. February 20, 2017.
  21. Sriroop Chaudhuri. Water: The changing face of northeast. Millennium Post. January 1, 2017.
  22. Sriroop Chaudhuri and Mimi Roy. A huge concern, Deccan Herald. December 23, 2016.
  23. Sriroop Chaudhuri and Mimi Roy. Groundwater on the brink of destruction. Millennium Post. December 11, 2016
  24. Sriroop Chaudhuri and Mimi Roy. Halt desertification. Deccan Herald. November 15, 2016.
  25. Sriroop Chaudhuri and Mimi Roy. Water, sanitation: India still far from goals set by UN. Deccan Herald. October 3, 2016.