Saurabh Thakur

Saurabh Thakur

Associate Fellow

Areas of Research

  • Climate Change
  • Blue Economy
  • Climate Security
  • Marine Pollution
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Resilience of Coastal Urban Agglomerations


Saurabh is the Kodikara Fellow (2020) at the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka. His work focuses on Climate Security in South Asia in the Anthropocene Epoch.

Currently, he is in the process of submission of PhD at the Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD), School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.

He holds the Vice Admiral KK Nayyar Fellowship at the National Maritime Foundation, where he is undertaking research on Resilience of Coastal Urban Agglomerations.



Ph.D. (International Relations) ─ Jawaharlal Nehru University (Final Semester)
M.Phil. (International Relations) ─ Jawaharlal Nehru University
M.A. (Geography) ─ Center for Study of Regional Development (CSRD), JNU, New Delhi, India
B.A. (Hons.) (Geography) ─ Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, India

Workshop Participation 

1. Participated in a workshop on Global Health, organized in December, 2014 at Pondicherry University titled the “Social Sciences Winter School, Pondicherry” organized by Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Pondicherry University & Department of Social Sciences, French Institute of Pondicherry.

2. Participated in a workshop titled, “Development, Democracy and Conflict” organised by the South Asian University and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, New Delhi, November 2018.

3. Participated in the Winter school on Climate Change in January 2019, organised by the Tata Institute of Social sciences, Mumbai and the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.

4. Participated in Workshop on Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, Organized by National Commission for Women, New Delhi, and ICC, Jawaharlal Nehru University, February 2020.


1. Presented a paper titled, “All ships are not raised: The Politics of Catastrophe in the Anthropocene” at the Annual Convention of International Studies Association, Toronto, Canada, on 28 March 2019.

2. Presented a paper titled, “An unfair climate for change: Understanding climate justice in the Anthropocene” at the RGS-IBG international conference, Royal Geographical Society, Imperial College, London, September 2017.

4. Presented a paper titled, “Climate Security in the Anthropocene: A South Asian perspective” at Hanoi Sustainability Forum (November 2018), at Hanoi, Vietnam.

5. Presented a paper titled, “Securing Himalayan Waters: The Geopolitical Importance of Himalayan Rivers in 21st Century” at the Himalayan Studies Conference-2015 (4th-5th November 2015) at Summer Hill, Shimla.

6. Presented a Paper titled, “Nature, Nationalism, and the age of Anthropocene” at the IASA conference at Udaipur, Rajasthan, organized by DAAD-Global South Network, University of Tubingen and ICSSR, New Delhi, January 2018.

7. Presented a paper titled, “Environment and Security: Debates and Challenges in the Twenty First Century” at the International Seminar on Global Climate Change: Impact on Developing Countries, organized by Union Christian College, Shillong on 15-17 October 2015.

8. Presented a paper titled, “Overcoming an Impasse: Trade and Global Health Diplomacy” at the 43rd Indian Association of American Studies Annual International Conference during 5-7th September, 2014 at BITS Pilani KK Birla Goa Campus, Goa, India, organized jointly by Department of Humanities & Social Sciences & Department of Economics, BITS Pilani KK Birla Goa Campus and Indian Association for American Studies.


All Publications



Author: The crisis of anthropogenic climate change has been framed in myriad ways, often oscillating between a wide array of definitions, political ideologies, economic pathways, and moral principles.  Translating such a diverse and polarised debate into actionable policy has been at the core of all environmental negotiations, in particular the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate […]
The Fukushima Conundrum: Ocean Disposal of Nuclear Waste Saurabh Thakur


Author: The Japanese Prime Minister, Mr Yoshihide Suga, recently made public a plan to discharge 1.25 million tonnes of treated radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean, describing it as his country’s “most realistic option.”[1]  The decision evoked consternation and rebukes from Japan’s neighbours, especially China and South Korea, both of whom […]


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.  […]
  1. Are We at The Endgame of The Age of Humans? published in the Bengaluru Review, 18th April 2020, URL
  2. Memories, Catchphrases, and the Death of a City, published in Coldnoon Journal (International Journal of Travel Writing & Travelling Cultures), March 20, 2017, URL
  3. A Wicked Full Circle, published in South Asia Journal, June 26, 2020, URL

1. Thakur S. (2019) “Linking Climate Change and Security in the Anthropocene Epoch”. Think India Journal, Vol.2, Issue 14, pp. 1109-1120

2. Thakur S. (2019) “Floods, Camps and Floating Prisons: The Environmental Consequences of the Rohingya Crisis” in eds. Sabbir Ahmed, Syed Badrul Ahsan, and Asif Bin Ali, Burmese Nationalism, Rohingya Crisis and Contemporary Politics, Edward Kennedy Center, Dhaka.

3. Thakur S. (2018) “Climate Change and Security: Debates, Approaches and Challenges.” In Banshaikapur L. Mawlong (Ed.) Climate Change and Developing Countries, Cambridge Scholar Publishing, UK.

4. Thakur S. (2018) “The Role of Justice in Shaping Climate Change Negotiations” Bhatter College Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies, ISSN 2249-3301, Vol. 8, pp. 62-71.

5. Thakur S. (2021) “From Kyoto to Paris and beyond: The emerging politics of climate change” India Quarterly, Vol 77(3)

Thakur S. (2021), “Whither South Asia? Understanding Climate Security in the Anthropocene Epoch”, RCSS Policy Studies 64, The Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka.