Dr Chime Youdon

Dr Chime Youdon

Associate Fellow

Areas of Research

  • Global Climate Change Politics
  • Climate Change resilience
  • Climate change adaptation of critical maritime infrastructure nature-based solutions
  • Blue economy
  • Blue justice.


  • Associate Fellow, National Maritime Foundation (NMF), New Delhi (since March 2019)
  • Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) Fellow, working on the project “Incorporating Infrastructure Resilience in India’s Port-led Development Model”. (2020-21) https://fellowship.cdri.world/fellowship-batch-2021.php
  • Vice Admiral KK Nayyar Fellow, Working on the project “Climate Resilience of Coastal Urban Agglomerations”, National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi (2020-2022)
  • Apprentice, The European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium (2017).
  • Research Intern, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi (2016)


Ph.D. in European Studies, Thesis: ‘The European Union and China in the Climate Change Negotiations: From Copenhagen to Paris’, Centre for European Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2021)

M.Phil Centre for European Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi;

M.A. Politics (with Specialisation in International Relations), School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; and,

B.A. (Political Science with Honours), Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi.


  • Co-presented an abstract of the Monograph “Rising Seas and Coastal Impacts: Metropolitan
    Resilience in India”, part of the Vice Admiral KK Nayyar Fellowship Conference 2023,
    Organised by the NMF at SCOPE Complex Auditorium, 22-23 Feb 2023.
  • Coastal Marine Pollution, 4th ASEAN-India Workshop on Blue Economy, Jointly organised by
    Ministry of External Affairs, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, RIS, ASEAN-India Centre
    at RIS, NMF, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia
  • Mainstreaming Nature-based Solutions: Climate Change Adaptation and Disasters Risk
    Reduction, at Symposia on the theme “Addressing Climate-Change-Induced Threats to Critical
    Maritime Infrastructure: National and Regional Maritime Infrastructure, Organized by the NMF-
    KAS on 04 Oct 2022.
  • “Incorporating Sustainable Infrastructure in India’s Port Led Development Model” at a
    roundtable discussion on India’s Maritime Diplomacy in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), co-
    organised by ORCA and Society for Policy Studies, June 2022.
  • Seminar on Preventing Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution, Project on Indo-Pacific Partnership
    on Marine Ecology under AIIPOIP, jointly organized by FICCI, Australian Government,
    Southern Cross University and Pacific Islands Development Forum, 27 May, 2022.
  • Preventing Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution, Seminar organised by FICCI, Australian
    Government, Southern Cross University, Pacific Islands Development Forum, May 2022
  • Policies and Challenges to India’s Blue Economy: Understanding the Roles of Mangrove
    Ecosystems” at Workshop on Blue Economy in the Bay of Bengal, Towards Regional
    Governance for Blue Economy with Contribution of the French Know-How, organised by The
    Bridge Tank, France with AFD, March 2022.
  • “Policies and Challenges to India’s Blue Economy: Understanding the Role of Mangrove Ecosystems”, at the Resilient Coastal Ecosystems as a Crucial Prerequisite for Sustainable Economic Value Chains at the Workshop, co-hosted by The Bridge Tank with the mandate of the French Development Agency (AFD), 26 Nov 2021
  • “China’s Position and Strategic Objectives in International Climate Change Negotiations”, for Tibet Climate Crisis talk series at Tibet Third Pole, Tibet International Network, 15 Nov 2021
  • “Becoming a Leader: A Workshop by the National Maritime Foundation”. One of five team members that conducted a 60-min workshop at a virtual event organised by the Protect Our Planet (POP) Movement, USA on the theme of “Youth-led Ocean Action and Advocacy”, 10 October 2020
  • Presented a Paper Title: “Water Diversion Policy of China and its Hydropower Projects” at 3rd Himalayan Studies Conference, University of Colorado, September 2017
  • A Gender-Specific Problems of Refugee Women: A Case Study of Tibetan Women” at Women’s World Congress, University of Hyderabad, Aug 2014
  • Presented a paper entitled “Human Right in Tibet and the EU’s Approach” at 2nd International Congress on Human Rights and Duties, at Yadam Institute of Research, New Delhi, 10 December 2015
  • Presented a Paper on “China’s Participation in Climate Change Negotiations”, at World Conference on Climate Change, Valencia, Spain, Oct  2016

All Publications



Author: India recognises that climate change is a significant global problem and an issue of great socio-economic and political importance.  Currently, the global average temperature has already risen over 1 degree Celsius (°C) since the pre-industrial period, increasing at a rate of about 0.2 degrees Celsius per decade.[1]  At the current rate, the global average temperature […]


Author: This article seeks to highlight the glaring gap between the planned activities within SAGARMALA and the long-term climate-change-induced threats facing coastal regions in India. It first discusses some of the more prominent impacts of climate change on India’s coastal infrastructure and highlights the likelihood of their continuing to amplify and accelerate in the near-term future.  […]


Author: Part I of this article had addressed the vulnerability of coastal cities to climate-change-induced impacts such as extreme-weather events, and sea-level rise.  This second part explores how the most-vulnerable groups within coastal communities are at high risk of being marginalised.  As such, it tries to address the need to take into consideration the adaptation needs […]


Author: Abstract A country’s coastline is the epicentre of its business, commerce, transportation, and industry.  It provides a majority of the global ecosystem goods and services that are central to the country’s socio-cultural and economic development.   Hence, the threat posed to coastal cities by a rise in the sea level caused by climate change is both, […]
Mangroves and climate change


Author: Abstract Mangroves are amongst the world’s most fragile ecosystems.  The impacts of global climate change such as rising sea-level, altering weather patterns, and acidifying oceans are putting mangrove forests at high risk.  In addition, threats from human exploitation pose significant concern for their regeneration and restoration.  This paper begins with an introduction to the unique […]
  1. Chime Youdon, Saurabh Thakur, “Rising Seas and Coastal Impacts: Metropolitan Resilience in India”,
    Adm KK Nayyar Fellowship, National Maritime Foundation: New Delhi, 2023.

     2021-2022: Fellow of Coalition for Disaster Resilience Infrastructure (CDRI)
     2020-2023: Fellow of Admiral KK Nayyar, National Maritime Foundation

  2. Pushp Bajaj and Chime Youdon, “Assessing Climate Change Risk-to and Resilience-of
    India’s Seaport Infrastructure and Operations”, Report published by National Maritime
    Foundation under CDRI fellowship, 2022, https://maritimeindia.org/cdri-fellowship-
  3. Ariyaningsih, Muhammed Sulfikkar Ahamed, Nikita Vats, Shayesta Nishat Ahmed, Pushp Bajaj,
    Chime Youdon, Saurabh Thakur, Vice Admiral Pradeep Chauhan, Commodore Debesh Lahiri,
    Rajib Shaw, Ranit Chatterjee, “Enhancing QUAD Cooperation for Sustainable and Equitable
    Utilisation of Marine Mineral Resources”, Policy Note, joint research project, NMF-Keio
    University-IJL, RIKA, RIKA Institute, 2022, https://maritimeindia.org/policy-note/
  4. Pushp Bajaj and Chime Youdon, “Towards a Comprehensive Climate Adaptation
    Framework for India’s Port Infrastructure and Operations: Lessons from Global Best
    Practices”, International Journal of Environmental Science & Sustainable Development, 6, no 2,
    (2021): 48 – 59, https://press.ierek.com/index.php/ESSD/article/view/837.
  5. Chime Youdon (2019), Gender Specific Problems of Refugees: A Case Study of Tibetan Women, Gender, Law and Health: Internataional Perspectives, New Delhi: Rawat Publications.
  6. Chime Youdon (2017), The European Union and China’s Human Rights Perspective: Its Impact on Tibet issue, The Rights Journal.