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Dr M. Satish Kumar

<p>Dr M. Satish Kumar (<a href="/schools/gap/Staff/AcademicStaff/DrMSatishKumar/ExtendedInformation/">Extended information</a>)</p>
<p><strong>Director, Queen’s Academy India</strong> <br />Engaged in securing and leading a major strategic Higher Education Collaborative Partnership with India.</p>

Dr M. Satish Kumar (Extended information)

Director, Queen’s Academy India
Engaged in securing and leading a major strategic Higher Education Collaborative Partnership with India.


BA Hons (Economics) North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, 1979
MA (Geography with specialization in Regional Development and Urban Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1981
MPhil Social Sciences, (labour economics) Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1984
PhD Social Sciences (labour economics), Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1991
Post Graduate Course on Higher Education & Teaching, Queen’s University Belfast (PGCHET, 2001-02)

Senior Lecturer Human Geography



School of Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK


00-44-(0) 28-9097-3479

Current Teaching:


GAP3063 Spaces of Urbanisation in Emerging Economies and Sustainable Development

QUB Teaching Award 2014


GAP1011 Human Geographies of the Modern World
GAP1012 Spaces of Development
GAP2040 Geographical Research and Professional Development
GAP3057 Geography Dissertation


GAP7402 Critical Approaches to Human Geography
GAP7406 Methods and Research Design

Current Administrative Roles:

University Management Roles

  • Member, University Co-ordinators for Collaborative Programmes, 2014
  • Member, Queen’s Academy Programme Implementation Group (2013, on-going)
  • Member India Working Group, Queen’s University Belfast, (2008-13)
  • Member of the Tender Selection Panel, Provision of Business Travel Services to Queen's University Belfast, (2012-13) School of Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology,/li>

Administrative roles

  • Advisor of Studies, School of Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology (2012-on-going)
  • Member , School Exceptional Circumstances Committee (2013-ongoing).
  • Member, Student Support Committee (2012, on-going).

Current Research:

Society, Space and Culture

As a specialist on South Asia (India) my research focuses on understanding the production of and mapping the colonial and postcolonial spaces in India. I teach and research in the following areas: colonial/ postcolonial geographies and economic development of South Asia.


Boovigyan (Earth Scientist) National Leadership Award for contributions to Population, Environment and Development Studies. India, December 20, 2002.


2012  “Buddhism and Intercultural Humanism: An Exploration in Context” in Sorin Antohi, Huang Chun-Chieh and Jörn Rüsen, (eds.) Reflections on (In) Humanity. Goettingen: V&R unipress, Taipei: National Taiwan University Press. 167-180.

2013 Kumar, M.S. and Sahu, P.P “Challenges of Skill Development in the Emerging Economies: A Case of India”. The Indian Journal of Labour Econ, Vol.56 (1): 95-122.

2011 “Humanitarian Competition: An Intellectual History in Perspective”. Bulletin of The Institute of Oriental Philosophy, Japan, vol. 27, pp.172-189

2010 “Mapping a Colonial Borderland: Objectifying the ‘Geo-Body’ of India’s Northeast”. Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 70, no.1: 141-170 (with D. V. Zou).

2010 "Reconciling Identity and Citizenship: A Case for Moral Cosmopolitanism in a Divided World” in A. Nikolopoulou and T. Abraham (eds.) The Challenge to Globalization: Education for Tolerance, Democracy and Sustainable Development. (Sage: New Delhi), pp. 188-203

2009 “Climate Change and Development: will growth end poverty or the planet?” In G. McCann and S. McCloskey eds. From the Local to the Global: An Introduction to Development Issues, 2nd edition, Pluto, London, pp. 119-134. Translated into Polish, for the Warsaw Humanitarian Aid and into Greek.

2009 Corbridge, S.. In Kitchin R, Thrift N (eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Volume 2, pp. 281-285. Oxford: Elsevier.

2009. Development I. In Kitchin R, Thrift N (eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Volume 3, pp. 111-116. Oxford: Elsevier (with Willis K. D)

2008 “Capitalist World Development: A Critique of Radical Development Geography”, Hubbard, P. Kitchin, R. and Valentine, G. (eds.) Key Texts in Human Geography, Sage, London, pp.109-116.

External Grant Funding:

2014-15 Awarded UKIERI as Co-PI with Belfast Metropolitan College (Belfast Met) titled: “Building Organisational Efficiencies for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)” with the Bombay Chamber of Commerce. £50,000.

2011-13 Awarded the prestigious Erasmus Intensive Program to hold a Summer School in Cyprus Agros, 5-26-August, 2012 titled: Reconfiguring Values and Knowledge for Sustainable Communities (5 ECTS). This is a joint initiative between Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Cyprus and Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania. [€51,490 per year or €154,470 for three years]

2008-2011 Awarded for three years joint grant application to Development Partnerships in Higher Education (DELPHE) with British Council and DFID, UK titled: Capacity building for technological solution and training to improve groundwater resources management in arsenic affected areas of eastern India”, Co-Researcher with Dr. B. Sengupta as Principal Investigator. Jointly with Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur, India (£74,850)

2008-09 Successfully completed the Evaluation Report “Habitat for Humanity: Calibrating Best Practice Against the MDGs”, Joint PI with Dr. N. Majury Report prepared for Habitat For Humanity Northern Ireland 2008 (£2528).

Additional Information:

Research Supervision

QUB (successfully completed: 4)

PhD Neelambari Phalkey “Social and Ecological Resilience: A case of marginalised communities in Sundarbans mangrove ecosystem” (on-going 2011)

PhD Ajith Kalyath, “Land as a Critical Ecological Resource for Sustainable Cities: A Case Study of Chennai City, India” (2013)

MPhil Picahi Otarawanna “A Role on Sustainable Development: Integrated Management for Better Environmental Solutions – Thailand”. School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, (jointly with Dr. B. Sengupta, completed).

PhD: David Vumlallian Zou, Inscribing History at the Intersection of print Culture, Linguistic Diversity and Identity Issues in Northeast India. (2003-07)

PhD: Suresh K. Rohilla, Role of ground Water in Urban development: Case of Delhi and its Peri-Urban Region. (2002-07)

Symposia and Conferences organised

2012 Organised Mini-Symposium in Queen’s University Belfast on “Land as a Critical Resource for Sustainable Cities”. 15 June. Key participants were the World Bank, IBM (Dublin) and Belfast City Council (with Ajith Kaliyath).

2007-2011 Coordinator of the prestigious QUB-India Lecture Series

2010 Organised a Special Session in the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual Conference, London Jointly with Jenny Lunn, Royal Holloway University of London on Session: The role of religious organisations in social change in Asia

2009 Coordinating the India lecture and conferral of the Honorary Degree to former President of India Dr. A.P. J. Abdul Kalam from Queen’s University Belfast 10 June

2009 Coordinating the conferral of the Honorary Degree to Dr. Daisaku Ikeda from Queen’s University Belfast 18 May

2009 Coordinating two joint symposiums between Soka University of Japan and Queen’s University Belfast titled: Language and Communication and Peace and Reconciliation in Soka University Japan, Hachioji 19th May

2009 Coordinator, 14th International Conference of Historical Geographers (ICHG) Kyoto University, Japan, 23-27 Aug, Session: Progress in the Empire

Measures of Esteem

Chairperson ArtsEkta, 2013
Member Board of Directors of ArtsEkta, 2013
Member India Stakeholders Group Advisory Group. Belfast City Council, 2012 (on going)
Member Queen’s Academy India Project Implementation Group, 2013 (on going)
Member Editorial Advisory Board International Journal of Applied Management Research (IJAMR), 2012
Member Expert Panel, Selection of International Development Awards, Stormont Assembly Northern Ireland, 2012 (on going)
Fellow Higher Education Academy, UK 2009 (on going)
Member Royal Commonwealth Society, UK, 2008 (on going)
Fellow Royal Geographical Society, UK, 2007 (on going)
Member Steering Committee for Science & Technology, Ireland-India Council, Dublin, 2011 (on going)
External Member Trinity College Dublin, South Asian Initiative (2009 (on going)
Member Irish Association for Cultural, Economic and Social Relations, Dublin

Media: Dr. M. Satish Kumar Press Releases

1) Featured in Northern Visions: NvTv in a major Documentary on Ethnic Minorities and Heritage series titled: A Century Later. Produced by Marilyn Hyndman, 2013

This documentary explores the biographical journey of an Indian to Northern Ireland, UK and their key contributions to Shared Society debates in the region.

2) 2013 Invited Key Speaker India Week hosted by British Council and Belfast City Council, “Dance of the Elephant in a Global Safari. Reception Hall, Belfast City Hall, 26 June.

India Week – Dance of the Elephant in a global safari

3) Featured in BBC 2’s National TV Live: The Country House Revealed: Clandeboye Estate and its Imperial Collections, 7 June 2011.
In this episode Dan Cruickshank looks at Clandeboye House near Bangor, County Down and explores the life of Lord Dufferin (1826-1902), Viceroy of India and one time President of the Royal Geographical Society. Among the relics of empire preserved in the House is Lord Dufferin’s photograph album, which includes images of Burma before it was incorporated into the British Raj. Dr Kumar discusses these astonishing images and the historical background to British rule in the country they so vividly represent.

Clandeboye – The Country House Revealed

3) Hindustan Times, August 17, 2010 carried an interview recently: The-Irish-alternative/SP-Article1-587907.aspx

4) Public lecture in Chennai covered in The Hindu, 2010, August 18
Additional information on Press related matters can be provided on demand