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Dr Geetanjoy Sahu

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Science, Technology and Society , School of Habitat Studies

M.A. (Berhampur),
M.Phil. (Hyderabad Central University),
Ph.D. (ISEC, Bangalore)

Geetanjoy Sahu is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Science, Technology & Society, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. His research and teaching interests include environmental jurisprudence, environmental regulation and policy, forest rights and governance, the political economy of public policy and institutions, and environmental movements. 

He earlier served as Post-Doctoral Associate at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Environment and Development (CISED), Bengaluru. He holds PhD in Political Science from the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bengaluru and MPhil from the Hyderabad Central University (HCU), Hyderabad. In 2010, he was selected for the Erasmus Mundus (EMEA) Scholarship from European Union and was associated with Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-Information Department, ITC, Netherlands as a Visiting Fellow. He was awarded the Justice E S Venkataramaiah Memorial Prize in recognition for his best PhD Thesis in Public Administration for the period 2005-2009 at the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, 2010. In 2007, he was awarded SARAi Fellowship from the Centre for the Study of Developing Society (CSDS), New Delhi as a young PhD student to work on Urban Environmental issues. He received the best research paper presentation award at the Indian Environmental Congress, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in 2004. His PhD research work was supported by the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi from 2003-2006. He qualified National Educational Test (NET) for lectureship in Political Science in 2003.

He served as a member of various government committees in different capacities. He was a member of Environmental Sub-Group of Kerala State Planning Commission in Preparing the Draft Paper for the 13th Planning Commission, Government of Kerala in 2016. He was part of Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India, New Delhi Committee to discuss the requirement of notification to make the accreditation system for environmental consultants in India mandatory or not in 2016. and also member of Department of Planning and Development, Government of Odisha, Committee to discuss planning activities for the State of Odisha (2013-2014). In addition to this, he is a member of Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE), New Delhi, and anchors the research activity of Community Forest Rights-Learning Advocacy (CFR-LA)- a civil society group that works on community forest rights in India.

He also regularly teaches at the Rural Management Program of Welingkar Management Institute; Mumbai, Law Department of NIRMA University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat; Law Department of Auro University, Surat, Gujarat and PhD Program of ATREE, Bengaluru.





Environmental Jurisprudence

Environmental Policy and Regulation

Forest Rights and Governance

The Political Economy of Public Policy and Institutions

Indian Government, Politics and Constitutionalism



Book Publication

Geetanjoy Sahu (2014), Environmental Jurisprudence and the Supreme Court: Litigation, Interpretation and Implementation, Orient BlackSwan Publication Ltd., New Delhi

Chapters in Edited Volume

Geetanjoy Sahu (2019), Mining, Forest Rights and Tribals: Beyond The Vedanta Case, in Philippe Cullet et.al Handbook on Environment, Law and Poverty, UK: Edward Elgar.

Geetanjoy Sahu (2018), Rethinking Environmental Regulation in India in Sekher, Madhushree, Parasuraman, S., Kattumuri, R (Eds.) Governance and Governed: Multi-Country Perspectives on State, Society and Development, Springer Singapore, Singapore

Sharachchandra Lele & Geetanjoy Sahu (2017) Environmental Governance in Future India: Principles, Structures and Pathways in Ashish Kothari and K J Joy (eds.) India Future, Authors UpFront, New Delhi

Geetanjoy Sahu (2012), Judicialisation of Environmental Governance and its Implications, in Jayanta Bandyopadhyay, Kanchan Chopra and Nilanjan Ghosh (eds.) Environmental Governance: Approaches, Imperatives and Methods, New Delhi: Bloomsbury Publisher

Madhushree Sekhar and Geetanjoy Sahu (2011), Community Based Environmental Governance and Local Justice, in Global Civil Society Year book, 2010-2011, UK: Palgrave Publication Limited.

Journal Articles

Geetanjoy Sahu (2017), Remembering Justice P N Bhagwati, Economic & Political Weekly, Vol.52, Issue no- 30, 29th July.

Geetanjoy Sahu, Tushar Dash & Sanghamitra Dubey (2017), Political Economy of Community Forest Rights, Economic & Political Weekly, Vol.53, Issue no- 25-26, 24th June.

Geetanjoy Sahu (2016), Impact of the National Green Tribunal on Environmental Governance in India: An Analysis of Methods and Perspectives, Journal of Environmental Law, Policy and Development, Issue-3, March, pp-28-56.

Geetanjoy Sahu (2014), Workers of Alang-Sosiya: A Survey of Working Conditions in a Ship-Breaking Yard, 1983-2013, Economic & Political Weekly, December 13, vol xlIX , no 50, pp 52-59. 

Armin Rosencraz & Geetanjoy Sahu (2014), Assessing the National Green Tribunal after Four Years, Journal of Indian Law and Society, Vol. 5 : Monsoon, pp: 191-200.

Ratoola Kundu & Geetanjoy Sahu (2014), Selective Inclusions and Exclusions Land-Use Planning and Development in Ratnagiri, Economic & Political Weekly, November, 29, vol xlix no 48, pp 69-76

Geetanjoy Sahu (2014), Why the Underdogs Came Out Ahead An Analysis of the Supreme Court’s Environmental Judgments, 1980-2010, Economic & Political Weekly, 25th January, vol xlix, No.4.

Geetanjoy Sahu (2011), The Implementation of Environmental Judgments, India Law News, American Bar Association of International Law, Vol.2, Issue 4, Fall 2011.

Geetanjoy Sahu & Michelle Chawla (2011), Environmental Movement in Dahanu, Economic & Political Weekly, Vol - XLVI No. 49, December 03. 

Colin Gonsalves & Geetanjoy Sahu (2011), Litigating Against Corporations for Human Rights”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 46 No. 14 April 02 - April 08. 

Geetanjoy Sahu (2010), Implementation of Environmental Judgments in Context: A Comparative Analysis of Dahanu Thermal Power Plant Pollution Case in Maharashtra and Vellore Leather Industrial Pollution Case in Tamil Nadu, Law, Environment and Development (LEAD), International Environmental Legal Research Centre, London, December.

Geetanjoy Sahu & Armin Rosencranz (2009), Court Appointed Monitoring Committees: The Case Study of Dahanu Taluka Environmental Protection Authority, Law, Environment and Development (LEAD), International Environmental Legal Research Centre, London, No. 5/2, December.

Armin Rosencranz & Geetanjoy Sahu (2009), National Green Tribunal Bill, 2009: Suggestions for Improvement, Economic and Political Weekly, November 30-07 December.

Armin Rosencranz, Geetanjoy Sahu & Vyom Raghuvanshi (2009),Whither the National Environmental Appellate Authority! Economic and Political Weekly, August 29-03 September.

Geetanjoy Sahu (2008), Public Interest Environmental Litigations in India: Contributions and Complications, Indian Journal of Political Science, October-December.

Geetanjoy Sahu (2008), Green Courts in India, Journal of National Law University, Lucknow, Vol.1, October.

Geetanjoy Sahu (2008), Implications of Indian Supreme Court’s Innovations for Environmental Jurisprudence, Law, Environment and Development (LEAD), International Environmental Legal Research Centre, London, Vol.4, No. 1.

Geetanjoy Sahu (2008), Mining in Niyamgiri Hills and Tribal Rights, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLIII, No. 15, April 12-18.

Geetanjoy Sahu (2006), Environmental Governance in India, ICFAI Journal of Environmental Law, July-Sept. 

K S Narayanan & Geetanjoy Sahu (2004), Electoral Reforms towards Strengthening the Democratic Process in India, Journal of Administrative Process, Volume XXXI, No.2, July-December.

Geetanjoy Sahu (2004), Institutional Transformation in India: With Special Reference to Changing Role of Judiciary, Young Indian, August 21-27, 2004.

Geetanjoy Sahu (2004), Relevance of Judicial Activism in India, Young Indian, March 6-12.

Working/Discussion Paper & Project Reports

What Are the Benefits of Community Forest Rights? A Tale of Pachgaon in Chandrapur District ofMaharashtra, Discussion Paper-3, Centre for Science, Technology & Society, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, December 2018

Jamguda After Five Years of Community Forest Resource Rights, Discussion Paper-2, Centre for Science, Technology & Society, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, April 2018

Geetanjoy Sahu & Prerna Chaurashe (2016), Implementation of Community Forest Rights in Gondia District of Maharashtra: An Analysis of Process and Impact, Discussion Paper Series 1, Centre for Science, Technology & Society, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. 

Land Conflicts in India: An Interim Analysis, November 2016, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and Rights and Resource Initiative (RRI), Washington. 

Forest Rights Act After Ten Years in Maharashtra, Community Forest Rights-Learning Advocacy (CFR-LA) 2017. 

Environmental Regulatory Authorities in India: An Assessment of State Pollution Control Boards, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, 2013 (Project Report). 

Geetanjoy Sahu (2014), Assessment of Working and Living Conditions of Workers in Hazardous Industries- A Study of Alang-Sosiya Ship Breaking Industries, Gujarat, Supported by the National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi (Project Report). 

Geetanjoy Sahu (2007), People’s Participation in Environmental Protection, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Working Paper Series, No. 180.


Newspaper and Popular Journals

Paul Fernandes, Bikash Kumar Sahoo and Geetanjoy Sahu (2018), Has Farmers' March Impacted the Implementation of Forest Rights Act in Maharashtra?, The Wire, 22nd October

Isha Naaz & Geetanjoy Sahu (2018), The Panchayats Meant to Protect Uttarakhand's Forests Are Under Threat, The Wire, 19th July

Geetanjoy Sahu (2018), Minor Forest Produce, Major Returns, Indian Express, 11th June

Geetanjoy Sahu & Asavari Raj Sharma (2018), India Has Recognised Forest Rights but Intervention Is Still Necessary, The Wire, 1st May.

Geetanjoy Sahu (2018), A Path Through The Forest, The Indian Express, 19th March

Geetanjoy Sahu (2018), Ecocide by Design? Under Modi, Vacancies At National Green Tribunal Reach 70%, The Wire, 17th February

Samriddhi and Geetanjoy Sahu (2018) Off the mark: National Crime Records Bureau data gives a misleading picture of environmental crime, Scroll.in, 2nd January

Geetanjoy Sahu (2014), Thirty Years After Bhopal Gas Tragedy: Environmental Injustice Continues, The Statesman, 4th December

Armin Rosencranz, Ayesha Khan & Geetanjoy Sahu (2011), How effective are Environmental PILs? Down To Earth, November 15.

Book Review

Geetanjoy Sahu (2015), The Coal Nation: Histories, Ecologies and Politics of Coal in India edited by Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt, England: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2014; pp 348, Economic & Political Weekly, February 21, vol l no 8, pp 29-31.   

Forthcoming Papers

Uttam Sahoo, Archana Soreng & Geetanjoy Sahu (2019) The Political Economy of Kendu Leaf Governance in Odisha: Case Studies from Kalahandi District of Odisha, Indian Journal of Social Work, TISS, Mumbai. 

Geetanjoy Sahu (2019), Environmental Movements and the Indian Judiciary in Manisha Rao et al Reframing the Environment: Resources, Risk & Resistance in Neoliberal India, Routledge Taylor & Francis India. 

Paper in Conference Proceeding

Institutional Response to Industrial Pollution: A Case Study of Patancheru, Workshop Proceeding, Indian Environmental Congress, 2004.

Environmental Movements and the Indian Judiciary, Workshop Proceeding, Environment Resource and Resistance, Department of Sociology, Mumabi University, January 21-22, 2016.   

A Rapid Assessment of FRA Implementation in Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh, Funded by OXFAM INDIA (Since August 2017-continuing)

Strengthening Community Forest Rights & Governance Through Training and Orientation Program, funded by the Rights & Resource Initiative (RRI), Washington, (Since September 2016-Continuing)

Community Resource Management Plan Under the Forest Rights Act, 2006 in Gondia District of Maharashtra, funded by the Forest Division of Gondia District of Maharashtra (Since March 2015-ongoing project)

Governance Challenges for the Implementation of Workers’ Rights in Hazardous Industries: A Study of Alang-Sosiya Ship-Breaking Yard, Gujarat, funded by the National Human Rights Commission, Government of India, New Delhi (March 2013-November 2014).

Environmental Regulatory Authorities in India: A Study of State Pollution Control Boards, funded by the TISS Research Council, Mumbai (April 2012-March 2013)

Land Use Pattern in Coastal Areas: A Study of Ratnagiri Town in Maharashtra under the Urban India Research Facility Project on Small and Medium Towns in India, funded by the Ford Foundation, New Delhi (September 2011-September 2013)

Environmental Justice through Court Appointed Committees, (project completed in November 2009) in collaboration with The Access Initiative (TAI) Partner, New Delhi, funded by the TAI South Asia.

Impact of Environmental Judgments at the Implementation Level, at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Environment and Development (CISED), Bangalore (project completed in June 2009), funded by the Ford Foundation, New Delhi

Laying the Foundation for Urban India Reforms Facility (UIRF), at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai (July 2009-September 2011), funded by Ford Foundation, New Delhi

Database on Environmental Litigation in India (2008-2009) for the Centre for Development Finance (CDF), Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), Chennai


Natural Resource Governance

Environmental Jurisprudence

Environmental Impact Assessment

Sustainable Development

Public Policy and Institutions

Understaning Political Structures in India- Foundation Course

Urban Sanitation and Solid Waste Management

Email: geetanjoy[at]tiss[dot]edu

Email id: geetanjoy@tiss.edu, geetanjoy.sahu@gmail.com

Phone Number-022-25525375, 5377

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