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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)


I completed PhD in Political Science from the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, and postdoctoral research programme at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Environment and Development (CISED), Bangalore. My research and teaching interests broadly include environmental policy and governance, analysis of environmental jurisprudence and politics of interaction between state and environmental groups over natural resource management. My work has also involved the development and analysis of forestry, tribal development, and land use pattern in coastal areas.


Environmental Policy and Governance

Environmental Litigation and The National Green Tribunal

Land Rights and Community Forest Resource Management



Book Publication

  • Environmental Jurisprudence and the Supreme Court: Litigation, Interpretation and Implementation, 2014, Orient BlackSwan Publication Ltd., New Delhi

Chapters in Edited Volume

  • 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, 2012

  • Community Based Environmental Governance and Local Justice, in Global Civil Society Year book, 2010-2011, UK: Palgrave Publication Limited.

Journal Articles

  • 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 2016, pp-28-56

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

  • Assessing the National Green Tribunal after Four Years, JOURNAL OF INDIAN LAW AND SOCIETY [Vol. 5 : Monsoon], 2014, pp: 191-200 (Co-authored)
  • Selective Inclusions and Exclusions Land-Use Planning and Development in Ratnagiri, Economic & Political Weekly, NOVEMBER 29, 2014 vol xlix no 48, pp 69-76 (Co- authored)

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

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

  • Environmental Movement in Dahanu, Economic & Political Weekly, December 2011, Vol - XLVI No. 49, December 03, 2011

  • Litigating Against Corporations for Human Rights”, Economic and Political Weekly, VOL 46 No. 14 April 02 - April 08, 2011

  • 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, 2010.

  • 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, 2009.

  • National Green Tribunal Bill, 2009: Suggestions for Improvement, Economic and Political Weekly, November 30-07 December, 2009.

  • Whither the National Environmental Appellate Authority! Economic and Political Weekly, August 29-03 September, 2009.

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

  • Green Courts in India, Journal of National Law University, Lucknow, Vol.1, October 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, 2008.

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

  • Environmental Governance in India, ICFAI Journal of Environmental Law, July-Sept, 2006

  • Electoral Reforms towards Strengthening the Democratic Process in India, Journal of Administrative Process, Volume XXXI, No.2, July-Dec 2004.

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

  • Relevance of Judicial Activism in India, Young Indian, March 6-12, 2004.


Working and Discussion Paper

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

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

 Newspaper and Popular Journals

  • Thirty Years After Bhopal Gas Tragedy: Environmental Injustice Continues, The Statesman, 4th December, 2014

  • How effective are Environmental PILs? Down To Earth, November 15, 2011 (Co-authored)

Book Review

  • 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, 2015 vol l no 8, pp 29-31

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



  • Community Resource Management Plan Under the Forest Rights Act, 2006 in Gondia District of Maharashtra, funded by the Integrated Tribal Development Project Office, Deori and Forest Division of Gondia District of Maharashtra (Started in March 2015-continuing )

  • 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-Septermber 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


Natural Resource Governance

Environmental Jurisprudence

Environmental Impact Assessment

Sustainable Development

Public Policy and Institutions

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