Debajit Datta is an Associate Professor of Geography at the Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. He specializes in landscape ecology and environmental geography. He obtained BSc (Presidency College, Kolkata) in 2004 and MSc (University of Calcutta) in Geography in 2006. He was awarded PhD in 2012 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
He has extensively worked on the management of coastal and forest ecosystems of eastern India, potentials of ecotourism development and sustainable livelihood generation of indigenous communities for the last 16 years. At present, his prime research interests include blue carbon mapping, political ecology of common property resources, assessment of agroecosystem sustainability, and socio-ecological transformations of coastal landscapes.
He has published more than 60 research papers and scientific articles in peer reviewed journals, edited book volumes, and periodicals. He was awarded research fellowships by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and University Grants Commission (UGC), India. He has conducted several research projects funded by the UGC, RUSA-JU, STARS-2 of Government of India (GoI), Department of Science and Technology (DST) of GoI (Mentor Scientist), and Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) of DST-India. He is serving as a Board Member and the ‘Regional Contact for South Asia’ of the Young Geographer Working Group of Asian Geographical Association. He is also the Regional Coordinator of Eastern India for Indian Regional Association for Landscape Ecology (2022-2024). At present, he is serving in the editorial boards of several international and national peer-reviewed journals.
Keywords: Agroecosystem sustainability, Blue carbon mapping, Coastal landscape ecology, Mangrove ecosystem services, Socio-ecological transformation, Wetland and forest management