Dr Saurabh Thakur

Dr Saurabh Thakur

Associate Fellow

Areas of Research

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

Experience

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.

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

Education

Academics

Ph.D. (International Relations) ─ Jawaharlal Nehru University
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.

5. Participated in Systemic Risks Workshop, organised by Chatham House, London, United Kingdom, March 2021

6. Co-presented an expert paper titled, “Energy Security & Security of Energy in the Era of Climate Change” at the Climate Change Workshop organised by Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, Washington D.C. in July 2021

7. Presented a detailed case of study of oil spills in South Asia at the EU CRIMARIO-NMF Tuesdays Second Chance workshop series in September 2021

8. Presented a discussion paper titled “Meeting in the Middle: A Knowledge-based view of Blue Economy” at the quadrilateral dialogue organised by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, FICCI, NMF and TERI, Chennai, August 17, 2021

9. Participated in Green Water Opportunities in the IOR Workshop, organised by Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University, Washington D.C., August 2020.

10. Participated/Co-Conducted the Six-part Webinar series on Blue Economy, organised by FICCI, TERI, NMF and KAS, September 2020 to March 2021.

11. 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.

12. Participated in NESA/NMF Bay of Bengal Workshop, organised by Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies and National Maritime Foundation, April 2021

13. 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

14. 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.

15. Participated in a Workshop titled, “Development, Democracy and Conflict” organised by the South Asian University (SAU) and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, New Delhi, November 2018

Presentations

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.

9. Presented a paper titled, “India’s Transition from a Brown to Blue Economy” at the NMF-The Ocean Foundation (TOF) Dialogue, on 8th February 2021

10. Presented a paper titled, “Exploring Uncharted Waters: Financing a Knowledge-Based Understanding of Blue Economy” at Third NMF-KAS-TERI-FICCI Diginar led by FICCI, on 10th October 2020.

11. Presented a paper titled, “Redefining Blue Economy: New Contexts, New Meanings” at Fourth NMF-KAS-TERI-FICCI Diginar led by NMF, on 18th December 2020.

12. 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 the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences & Department of Economics, BITS Pilani KK Birla Goa Campus and Indian Association for American Studies.

13. Presented a Paper titled, “Understanding nature in the age of the Anthropocene: A conceptual review” at the International Conference on Women Empowerment, Education and Social Sciences, at Goa, organized by the International Multidisciplinary Research Foundation, March 2018.
Journal

  

All Publications

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LEGACIES & LEARNINGS: A CASE STUDY OF OIL SPILLS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN REGION

Author: Oil spills cause severe distress to marine and coastal ecosystems and impair the livelihoods and health of people who are dependent on these ecosystems.  These impacts have been studied and documented for decades, which has led to more effective management of oil spill disasters in recent decades (See Figure 1).  However, the sharp rise in […]
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WIDENING THE APERTURE: “CLIMATE CHANGE AND INTERNATIONAL RESPONSES INCREASING CHALLENGES TO US NATIONAL SECURITY THROUGH 2040”

Author: A review of National Intelligence Council, “Climate Change and International Responses Increasing Challenges to US National Security Through 2040” National Intelligence Estimate, NIC-NIE-2021-10030-A (2021) The collective failure of States to mitigate the risks of climate change over the past three decades has led to a widespread debate on the implications of the consistent failure of […]
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KUNMING COP15: MAPPING LINKAGES BETWEEN BIODIVERSITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Author: The birth of the current climate change regime was a product of a series of events that unfolded with the end of the Cold War and the simultaneous rise of the era of globalisation.  On the heels of an evolving understanding of the threat of anthropogenic climate change and a persistent grassroots movement that raised […]
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STEMMING THE RISING TIDE — OCEANS AND THE UNITED NATIONS FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

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
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THE FUKUSHIMA CONUNDRUM: OCEAN DISPOSAL OF NUCLEAR WASTE

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 […]
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INTRODUCING CLIMATE RESILIENCE AS THE FIFTH PILLAR OF THE SAGARMALA PROGRAMME

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 https://bengalurureview.com/are-we-at-the-endgame-of-the-age-of-humans-saurabh-thakurs-insighful-essay-takes-a-look-at-day-zero
  2. Memories, Catchphrases, and the Death of a City, published in Coldnoon Journal (International Journal of Travel Writing & Travelling Cultures), March 20, 2017, URL https://coldnoon.com/magazine/diaries/nonfiction/memories-catchphrases-and-the-death-of-a-city-shimla/
  3. A Wicked Full Circle, published in South Asia Journal, June 26, 2020, URL http://southasiajournal.net/a-wicked-full-circle/

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.

URL https://rcss.org/2021/04/28/publications/new-rcss-publication-whither-south-asia-understanding-climate-security-in-the-anthropocene-epoch/