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Dr M. Satish Kumar

Director, Queen’s Academy India
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

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

Tel: +44 (0)2890 973479

Dr. M. Satish Kumar teaches in the School of Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology and has recently assumed the founding Director of Queen’s Academy India in Queen’s University Belfast. As a specialist on India, his research focuses on Colonial/ Postcolonial Geographies and economic development in India. He has more than twenty-six years experience in the field of Higher Education, having taught previously at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, University of Cambridge, UK and at Soka University of America, California.

Before coming to Queen's in 2000 he served as an Assistant Professor (1991-1998) and as Associate Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India. From 1997-1998, he was a Commonwealth Fellow at the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. During 1998-1999, was elected as Visiting Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.

He is a Fellow of Royal Geographical Society and a Member of the Royal Commonwealth Society, UK. Was also nominated as an External Member of the Trinity College Dublin Advisory Board and a Member of the Irish Association for Cultural, Economic and Social Relations. He was awarded the Bhoovigyan (Earth Scientist) National Leadership Award by the late Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Vice President of India for contributions to Population, Environment& Development Studies. India (2002).


BA: Economics (Honours), St. Edmund’s College, North Eastern Hill University. Shillong (1979)

MA: Geography Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (1981)

  • Advanced Course Urbanisation in Developing Countries, at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia, 1984.
  • Advanced Course Women, Men and Development, at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK, 27 April-24 July, 1987.

M. Phil Regional Development Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (1984) Thesis: “Female Participation in the Tertiary Sector of the Urban Economy of India: A Case Study of Selected Districts”.

PhD: Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. New Delhi (1991, Applied Labour Econ) Thesis: “The Urban Labour Market in India and the Female Workforce in the Tertiary Sector”

PGCHET: Post Graduate Course on Higher Education & Teaching, Queen’s University Belfast (2001-2)

Staff training & Development Unit courses undertaken at QUB

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching
  • Selection Interviewing
  • Supervising Research Students
  • Induction Programme for Academic Staff
  • Changes to Post Graduate Supervision (October, 2004)
  • Combined Academic & Research/Academic Related/Clerical Appraiser Skills Training (November 2004)
  • Postgraduate Studentships (November 2004)
  • Rethinking the Undergraduate Dissertation: avoiding throwing the baby out with the bathwater (January 2014).

Employment History and Positions held

2008 Senior Lecturer, Queen’s University Belfast, on-going
2000 to 2008: Lecturer B, School of Geography, Queen’s University Belfast
2000-2003: Associate Professor, Centre for Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
1991-2000: Assistant Professor, Centre for Regional Development. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
1998-1999: Affiliated Lecturer, Department of Geography and Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, UK
1998-1999: Visiting Fellow, Fitzwilliam College University of Cambridge, UK
1997-1999: Commonwealth Fellow, Department of Geography University of Cambridge, UK
1995 Guest Lecturer, National University of Singapore Southeast Asian Studies Program and Department of Geography, Singapore

Academic Distinctions

  • India- European Union Global Peace and Friendship Award, 2001 for promoting international peace and understanding based on the values of Peace, Education & Culture over past twenty years in the communities, India, & UK, 12 April, 2003.
  • Boovigyan (Earth Scientist) National Leadership Award for contributions to Population, Environment and Development Studies. India, December 20, 2002.
  • Citicorp Grant, Development Planning Unit, University College London, 9-10 November,2001
  • Visiting Fellowship, Fitzwilliam College, Univers of Cambridge, 1998-99.
  • William Vaughan Lewis Award, University of Cambridge, Sept 1998.
  • Commonwealth Faculty Fellowship Award held at University of Cambridge, 1997-98.
  • Distinguished Leadership Award, American Biographical Institute, 1996.
  • East West Program on Population Award of East-West Center (Honolulu, USA) 24th Summer Seminar on Population, 1 June-6 July 1993.
  • SGI Merit Award for Peace and Culture, Japan, 1992.
  • Ford Foundation Grant for Advanced International Training Course on “Women, Men and Development”, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK, 27 April - 24 July 1987.
  • Indian Council for Social Science Research (Young Scientist) and Jawaharlal Nehru University Grant to attend International Geographical Union Conference at Madrid, Spain, 27 30 August, 1986.
  • International Development Research Council Award (Canada) to attend an Advanced International Course cum Seminar on Urbanization in Developing Countries at Universiti Sains Malaysia, 23 July-17 Aug1984.
  • Sr. Research Fellowship, University Grants Commission, 1983- 85.
  • Research Fellowship, University Grants Commission, Government of India, 1981-83.

Academic engagements

Graduate Theses/ Dissertations Supervised M.Phil. /Ph.D. since 1991

Supervised 11 MPhil and 1 PhD Thesis/ Dissertations in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (1991-1997)

Supervised 3 MPhil Dissertation in University of Cambridge (1998-1999)

Supervised 3 PhD Theses and 1 MPhil Dissertation in Queen’s University Belfast (2001-2014)


Ph.D. Kalyan Das, Flexible Specialisation in Industrialisation in the context of Urban Development: A Study of Tiruppur, Kannur and Morbi Towns. [1999]
M.Phil D. Verma, Growth and Interdependence of Secondary and Tertiary Activities in Eastern India, 1971 81.
M.Phil M. Mitra, Human Fertility in Eastern India A District Level Analysis, 1981.
M.Phil Kalyan Das, Sectoral Diversification and Urbanization Processes of Small Towns of India: A Case Study of Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Orissa, 1961 91.
M.Phil K.K. Champia, Urbanization, Industrialization and its Inter linkages: A Case Study of Jharkhand, 1971 91.
M.Phil P. Choudhry, Delhi and Bombay Extended Metropolitan Areas: Core Hinterland Relationship, 1971 1991.
M.Phil S. Chand, Housing and Household Amenities: A Comparative Study of National Capital Territory of Delhi and National Capital Region 1991.
M.Phil V.S. Dahiya, Foreign Direct Investment from Southeast Asia into India: A Sectoral, Spatial Analysis 1993 94.
M.Phil S.K. Sah, Structure of Urban Agglomeration and Outgrowths in Five Metropolitan Cities of India, 1981-1991.
M.Phil Z. Ansari, Urbanisation and Urban Environment: A Case Study of Four Mega Cities of India, 1971-91.
M.Phil S. Mishra, Urbanisation, Migration and Industrialisation: A Case Study of Orissa and Punjab, 1981-1991.
M.Phil C. Sinha, Structure of Urbanisation in National and State Priority Cities of India, 1981-91.


M.Phil P. Kalia, Dilemmas of a tourist gaze in Khajuraho: Cultural Resource Management and issues of sustainability. [Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, 1999].
M.Phil K.A.Toole, “Provision of Water and Sanitation in Urban Slum Areas in the Developing World”. A case of South Africa. [Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, 1999.]
M.Phil S. Jeong, The Land Aesthetic: An Embodiment of Value. [Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, 1999].

Measures of Esteem

Chairperson ArtsEkta, 2013
Member Board of Directors of ArtsEkta, 2013
Member India Stakeholders Group Advisory Group. Belfast City Council, 2012 (ongoing)
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 (ongoing)
Member Royal Commonwealth Society, UK, 2008 (ongoing)
Fellow Royal Geographical Society, UK, 2007 (ongoing)
Member Steering Committee for Science & Technology, Ireland- India Council, Dublin, 2011 (ongoing)
External Member Trinity College Dublin, South Asian Initiative, since 2009 (ongoing)
Member Irish Association for Cultural, Economic and Social Relations, Dublin Advisor ‘oikos’ International, Geneva, 2009 (on-going)
Member UK Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS, 2008-2011)
Secretary General Global Organisation of Persons of Indian Origin, (GOPIO) Ireland Chapter (2006-11)
Member Postcolonial Research Forum, QUB (ongoing)
Board of Directors Global Education Centre, Northern Ireland, 2003-05
Member Institute of Learning and Teaching (ILT) UK.
Board of Directors I-Factor InfoTech Limited, Harrow, UK, 2000-01
Life Member Indian Society of Labour Economics (New Delhi).
Life Member Association of British Scholars, New Delhi Chapter.
Fellow Researcher The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (Tokyo).

Academic Assessor

External Examiner, Department of Geography, University of Madras (2013).
External Examiner, School of Oriental and African Studies, Univ College London (2011)
External Examiner for PhD King’s College London (2006)
External Examiner for PhD Cambridge University (1999, 1998)
External Examiner for MPhil Cambridge University (1998)
Internal Examiner for PhD, QUB (2001)
Internal Examiner for Masters QUB (2004)
Churchill College and Trinity Hall Joint Application Scheme for Research Fellowship in Geography, University of Cambridge, Cambridge.2002

Research Grants

2002 Consultant for Final Technical Report for (DFID/NRSP) “Filling Gaps in Knowledge about Peri-Urban Interface around Hubli-Dharwad, India. (May)

2001 Citicorp Grant, Development Planning Unit, University College London (£1000)

2001 DFID Natural Resources Systems Programme (NRSP) Grant, Rothamsted (£600)

1995-96 Feasibility survey for marketing of Liquid Petroleum Gas Market Survey for Wimco Petrogas Ltd. Fairwood Consultants (Pvt.) Ltd., New Delhi (£2585)

1993 Asianet Communications Private Limited, New Delhi. Preparing background papers for making documentary films on:

  • Environmental issues in South Asia
  • Rural Urban Dichotomy: A Case of KotaDesasi and Paradoxes in Kerala, India
  • The University of Nalanda. 4th Century B.C. to 14th Century A.D, first international university in the world, Bihar, India.

Publications: Books


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Colonial and Postcolonial Geographies of India, (eds.) Saraswati Raju, M. Satish Kumar and Stuart Corbridge. New Delhi: Sage. 2006

Globalisation and North East India: Some Developmental Issues (eds.) A. Dubey, M. Satish Kumar, N. Srivastava, and Eugene Thomas (Standard Press, New Delhi) 2007.

Peer reviewed Papers

2006 “The Census and Women's Work in Rangoon, 1872-1931”Journal of Historical Geography Vol.32, p.377-397

2006 “Stakeholders’ visions towards community-based sustainable development” Northern Ireland Environment Link Environmental Fact Sheet, Volume 5 No1, p.11.

2006 Case Study of Geography of Third World Urbanisation and Sustainable Development, The Higher Education Academy initiative on Internationalisation of the Curriculum and Support for International Students. For the Higher Education Academy website.

2004 “Colonel Sir Henry Yule, (1820-1889)” in Lightman, B (eds). Dictionary of Nineteenth Century British Scientists, Thommes Continuum Press, USA, Vol.4, pp. 2224-2229.

2004 “Education and Participation of Women in the Labour Force: Evidence from India Micro Data”. Published in the Proceedings of the First International Manas Universit Conference in Economics, Kyrgyzstan (A. Dubey and Veronica Pala).

2003 “Urbanisation” Encyclopedia of Community: From the Village to the Virtual World. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Vol.4. pp. 1433-1437.

2003 “Black Economy”, Encyclopedia of Community: From the Village to the Virtual World.Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Vol.1, pp.91-93

2002 “Noble Savage to Gentlemen: Discourses of Civilisation and Missionary Modernity in Northeast India.” Contemporary India, Vol 1, No.4, October-December, pp 113-128 (with S.Nag)

2002 “Anil Agarwal (1947-2002) From Rio to Rio+10: An Appreciation” Local Environment, Vol.7, No.3, pp.241-249

2002 “ Education, Skills and the Labour Market in a Globalised World: A Case of India” Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 45, pp.1129-1147 (with R.K.Sharma and S. Meher)

1999 “Interpretative Text on the Participation of Women Workers in the Service Sector of India” in S. Raju, (eds).An Atlas of Women And Men in India. New Delhi: Kali for Women

1998 "Informal Sector-Irrelevance or Voguism: An Overview", in M.S. Ramanujam; Awasthi, I.C. and Pandey, G (eds.) Employment Promotion in the Urban Informal Sector New Age International New Delhi: 55-63 (with R. K. Sharma)

1998 "Informal Sector-Irrelevance or Voguism: An Overview", Manpower Journal Vol.XXXIV No.1, April-June.pp.9-17 (with R.K.Sharma.)

1997 "Regulation Theory, Flexible Specialisation, Social Embeddedness- A Study of Tiruppur, Kannur and Morbi", Industrial Decentralization and Urban Development in India with Consideration of South-East and East Asian Cases, Pondicherry Papers in Social Sciences, 23, pp.95-100 (with Kalyan Das).

1996 "Progress in Indian Geography in the field of Urban Geography

1992-96", Country Report for the 28th IGU Congress, (Indian National Science Academy and IGU, The Hague), pp.34-37, 68-70.

1996 "Progress in the Indian Geography in the field of Geographical Studies on Child Labour

1992-96", Country Report for the 28th IGU Congress, (Indian National Science Academy & IGU, The Hague), pp.50-51, 73.

1996 "From Tertiary Sector to Services: Some Conceptual Issues and the Indian Scenario", The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, vol.39, no.1: 33-60 (with Prof. A. Mathur).

1995 "Gender Issues and Quality Of Work Life: A Case Study of the Formal Labour Market", Labour And Development, vol.11, no.1, pp.31-51.

1995 "The Beijing Musing". Gender and Geography Newsletter of the National Association of Geographers India, vol.1, no.2, pp.4-5.

1994 "Gender Issues in Geography: A Review of International Perspectives." Annals of the National Association of Geographers India, vol.XIV, no.1, pp.52 66.

1994 "Plague A Catastrophe of Ignorance" Short Communication in Annals of the National Association of Geographers India, vol.XIV, no.2, pp. 94 99.

1994 "Freight Rates Structures and Localisation of Industries: A case study of Iron and Steel". Railway Fare and Freight Committee Report, Vol. 3. Ministry of Railways (Railway Board), Government of India, pp.106 117 (with S.Sinha).

1992 "Science, Technology and Environmental Ethics", The Green Age, Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development. vol. 1, no.2, Oct. Dec:.22 23, 25.

1992 “The Urban Infor¬mal Sector in Asia: An Annotated Bibliography” in S.V. Sethuraman (ed.), Interna¬tional Labour Bibliography, No.13 (World Employment Programme, International Labour Organisation, Geneva.).

1992 "Who Rocks the Cradle? Women, Fertility Control and Technology in India", Indian Journal of Public Administration, July September, vol.38, no.3, pp.323 332. Special Issue on India's Population Policy and its Implications: The Emerging Scenario (with S. Raju).

1989 "Gender and Geography: An Overview from India" ARENA Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 13(I), pp.102-104 (with S. Raju)

Peer reviewed Chapters in Books

2007 “Structure and Trends in the Informal Sector: A Case of North East India” in A. Dubey, M. Satish Kumar, N. Srivastava, Eugene Thomas (eds.) Globalisation and North East India: Some Developmental Issues (New Delhi, Standard Press, ISBN 81-87471-39-5, pp. 171-245.

2006 “Idioms, Symbolism and Divisions: Beyond the Black and White Towns in Madras, 1652-1790”, Colonial and Postcolonial Geographies of India (eds) Saraswati Raju, M. Satish Kumar and Stuart Corbridge. Delhi: Sage, p23-48.

2005 “Oriental Sore' or 'public nuisance': The Regulation of Prostitution in Colonial India, 1865-1889, in L. Proudfoot and Mike Roche (eds) Displacing Empire: Renegotiating British Colonial Geographies. Ashgate, London. Critical Cultural Geography Series, pp. 155-173.

2004 “Rhetoric of Globalisation and Reforms: A Case of India (1991-2003)”. Krishnaswamy C.G and Keshava S.R and Tirlapur, R.M. (eds.) Better Expression on Globalisation. Bangalore University Press, India, pp. 23-52.

2002 “The Evolution of Spatial Ordering in Colonial Madras” in Alison Blunt & Cheryl McEwan (eds.) Postcolonial Geographies London: Continuum Press, pp.85-98.

2002 “ Hacia una educacion humanistica por” in A.Salazar Bucci (eds.) La Creacion De Valor EN LAS IDEAS DE TSUNESABURO MAKIGUCHI, filosofo y educador japones. Caracas: Universidad Central De Venezuela Ediciones De La Biblioteca, pp. 33-45.

Peer reviewed papers in Oriental Philosophy

2010 “ Humanitarian Competition: An Intellectual History in Perspective”. Special issue, Taplow Court First Peace Symposium. SGI-UK, pp. 19-36.

1998 “An Approach Towards World Citizenship in the Context of Soka Educational Perspective” Bulletin of the Institute of Oriental Philosophy, No.14, pp.100-114

1998 "Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Value Creation Towards Humanistic Education", Living Buddhism, USA, November, pp. 30-35

1996 "Civil Society and the State: A Case for Religious Versus Secular Rights in Contemporary Japan", Bulletin of the Institute of Oriental Studies, no.12, pp.135-149.

1995 "Religious Corporation Law in Japan: A Commentary on the Issues of Civil Society and the State", Soka Shimpon (Japan), pp.1-10.

1994 "Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Value Creation Towards Humanistic Education", The Journal of Oriental Studies, (Tokyo), vol.33, no.2, pp.85 96.

1992 "Guideline Toward World Religion", The Daibyakurenge (Japan), May 5, no.497, pp.12 15.

Book Reviews

2012 Review of Imperial Andamans: Colonial Encounter and Island History, Aparna Vaidik. Palgrave Macmillan. Island Studies Journal, Vol, 7, No.2, pp. 271-298.

2011 Review of Trade, Climate Change and Sustainable Development: Key Issues for Small States, Least Developed Countries and Vulnerable Economies. ?Edited, Moustapha Kamal Gueye, Malena Sell and Janet Strachan. Island Studies Journal, Vol, 6, No.1, pp. 103-105.

2011 Review of Science and the changing environment in India, 1780-1920: A guide to sources in the India Office Records. The British Library, 2010, In Archives of Natural History, Vol, 38,pp.363-64.

2007 Review of “Producing India: From Colonial Economy to National Economy, Chicago, manu Goswami, Chicago University Press, 2004 Journal of Historical Geography, vol, 33. No.3, pp.708-711

2007 Review of “The Colonial Uncanny”, based on a book Representing Calcutta: Modernity, Nationalism and the Colonial Uncanny Swati Chattopadhyay. Routledge, New York, 2005 Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography , vol.28, no.2, pp.240-242

2002 Review of Gender, Ethnicity and Place: Women and Identities in Guyana, by Peake, L and Trotz, D.A. (eds.) London.Routledge: 1999. Social & Cultural Geography, vol.3, no.2, pp. 210-12

2000 Review of Urbanisation in Large Developing Countries; China, Indonesia, Brazil and India, by G.V. Jones and P. Visaria, (Oxford, Clarendon Press: 1997) International Journal of Urban and Regional Research Vol.24, No.1:.242-244

1999 Review of Modernity, Morality and The Mahatma, by M.S. Sondhi New Delhi: Har-Anand Publications (1997) Journal of the Indian Philosophical Society. Vol.XXVI, October pp.599-604

1998 Review of Contesting Space: Power Relations and the Urban Built Environment in Colonial Singapore, by Brenda S.A.Yeoh, (Singapore, Oxford University Press: 1997) Antipode, October, vol.30, no.4, pp.399-402.

1997 Review of A Field Of One's Own: Gender and Land Rights in South Asia, by Bina Agarwal. (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 1994). The Eye: India's Quest-Fifty Years of Independence, vol.4, no. 4 July-Sept., pp.129-130.

1997 Review of Women and Work in South Asia: Regional Patterns and Perspectives by Saraswati Raju and Deipica Bagchi, Indian Journal of Labour Economics, April-June, vol.40, no.2, and pp.404-407.

1994 Review of Migration and Remittances, Inter Urban and Rural Urban Linkages, by Jayasri Ray Chaudhuri (New Delhi, Sage Publications: 1994) The Book Review Literary Trust, volume XVIII, no.1, pp.7 8.

1989 Review of Choose Life (Delhi, 1988) by Arnold Toynbee and Daisaku Ikeda Oxford University Press, New Delhi.

1989 Review of Humanity at the Crossroads (Delhi,1988) by Karan Singh and Daisaku Ikeda Oxford University Press, New Delhi.

Keynote Lectures & Addresses

2014 Invited Keynote speaker for the India Stakeholders Meeting at the Belfast City Council titled: “Education and Investment in India for a sustainable economy”. 11 February.

2013 Key Speaker during the official visit of Higher Education team from Ministry Human Resources Development and University Grants Commission India, titled: “Building Academic Capacity and Capability”. 23 October, Technical Session-1, Queen’s Academy Programme Implementation.

2013 Invited speaker on the theme 'Ethnography across disciplines' School of Anthropology, QUB, October 15.

2013 Invited speaker for joint School of Anthropoloigy and ESRC sponsored international conference “The Costs of Culture: Ritual and the Domestic Moral Economy” September 16-17. Paper presented “ Beyond the field of one’s own: Moral Economy of Dowry

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.

2013 Invited Speaker for PROBUS on “Dance of Elephants in a Global Safari”. Strangford Yacht Club, Killinchy, Northern Ireland.

2013 Invited Speaker on “Spaces of Progress: Challenges of Mindfulness in a Postcolonial World” in International Symposium on Advancing Postcolonial Geography. National University of Singapore. 21-22 February.

2013 Invited Speaker on “Sister Nivedita ‘s Journey to India” Dunganon Arts & Cultural Centre, 16 February.

2012 Invited Speaker on “Sister Nivedita (Margaret Noble from Dunganon)”. Awakening the Nation: Celebrating the Life of Sister Nivedita, ArtsEkta organised Diwali & Samhain Festival, 10 November, Conway Mills, West Belfast.

2012 Invited Speaker on “Development and Climate Change: Will Growth end Poverty or the Planet?” Calcutta University, Department of Geography. 27 July.

2012 Invited keynote presentation on “Translation of `Community-Technology Interface”. Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Inniovation Workshop. European Commission and Queen Mary University, 2 July.

2012 Invited keynote presentation on “Connected Cultures”, Commonwealth Gala Banquet Commemorating Commonwealth Day, Great Hall, Queen’s University Belfast 20 March.

2012 Invited key presentation on “The Great Assam Earthquake in Northeast India, 1897 and 1950”. Sixth Form Geography Lectures, jointly organised by Christian Aid and Queen’s University Belfast, 12 March.

2011 Prestigious Public Lecture under the Seminar Series, “Engineer in the Society” on behalf of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. "(Emerging) Technologies in an Era of Economic Crisis and Climate Change". Engineering School Seminar Series, University of Cyprus, 5 October.

2011 “Arsenic contamination and challenges of Rural Health Care in India”. Paper presented in the final DELPHE workshop in Jamshedpur and Kolkata, BESU & IEMS, Jamshedpur, 15-16 June.

2011 "Challenges of Post-Economic Crisis to India and the role of the Diaspora.” 4th Annual Conference of the Asian Studies Ireland Association (ASIA), University College Cork, 30 September. Invited speaker for the international conference: Asia’s Rise and its Impact on Europe and Ireland: Challenges and Opportunities.

2011 Invited as a key participant in an international Symposium on “Questioning the Role of the Humanities in Inter-Faculty Environmental Studies Programs, August 22-23, Agros, Cyprus.

2011 Invited Keynote presentation, “The Translation of Scientific Technology within Space, Society and Culture”. University College London, 7 March, in the panel discussion on Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A legacy of building peace.

2010 Invited Keynote Speaker for International Conference on “Buddhism and Intercultural Humanism." University of Oxford The Berendel Foundation (London), and Cantemir Institute at Oxford Brookes University. International Conference on “Intercultural Humanism: Challenges, Experiences, Visions, Strategies” 9-11 September

2010 Invited presentation on “Challenges of Emerging Market Economies to Run-Away Globalisation: The Case of India” for International Conference Crises, Economy and State: China and Its East Asian Neighbours from 6-7 September. Co-organised by the University of Malaya (UM), the New Zealand-Asia Institute of Auckland University and the Asia Centre of the Seoul National University (SNU). Institute of China Studies, University of Malaya, Centre for Asian Business, Korea University, Centre for China Studies, University of Indonesia.

2010 Invited presentation on QUB's collaborative work with Indian research institutions. India Research Network (IRN) hosted by the British High Commission in New Delhi, 26 August

2010 Water, Health and Millennium Developmental Goals: Deliverance from the Deadly Troika of Contamination, Disease and Death”. Institute of Environmental Management and Studies, Jamshedpur, and to Bengal Engineering and Science University: Kolkata August 23-25

2010 “Community-based response to incidence of Arsenic in the groundwater in West Bengal”, based on the ongoing Development Partnerships in Higher Education (DelPhe) British Council Project coordinated jointly with Dr. Bhaskar Sengupta (QUB), BESU and IESMH partners in India. Anna University: Chennai August 17.

2010 Public lecture titled: "Urbanisation of Poverty in Chennai: Myths, Facts and Challenges" in celebration of TAG Corporation Chennai Silver Anniversary and Madras Week, jointly with the Association of British Scholars Chennai. 18 August. The talk secured a major coverage in the central section of the national English-language second largest Indian daily newspaper The Hindu, with a circulation of 1.46 million copies. The Hindu started its publications since 1878.

2010 Chaired an Expert Panel Review meeting in Madras University on the progress of Ajith Kalyath, PhD project “Land as a Critical Ecological Resource for Sustainable Cities: A Case Study of Chennai City, India”. 2010 “Climate Change and Development: Will Growth end Poverty or the Planet? Department of Geography, Madras University. August 18.

2010 “Protecting community health using sustainable technologies in the arsenic belt of South Asia” Paper presented in the 16th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference 30 May –1 June 2010 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong by Bhaskar Sengupta, M. Satish Kumar, Suvabrata Chatterjee and Amitava Bandopadhyay

2010 “India’s Urban Poverty- Devil in the Detail”. Paper presented in the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Washington DC. Special Session: Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group and Asian Specialty Group. 14-18 April

2010 Invited Panel discussant in “The Changing Face of Contemporary Geography in India”, in the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Washington DC. 14-18 April 2010 Invited keynote presentation: “Science & Technology and University partnerships: Some Emerging Trends”. Ireland-India Council at Dublin City University (DCU) 25 February

2010 Invited keynote presentation: Humanitarian Competition: An Intellectual History in Perspective”. Symposium on the 2009 Peace Proposal by Daisaku Ikeda, A Dialogue on Humanitarian Competition and Global Mindsets. 27 January

2010 “Romance of the Wild, the Natural, and the Savage: Glimpses of Evangelism in the Northeast of India” Session: The role of religious organisations in social change in Asia. Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual Conference September 1-3 London.

2010 Nominated by the Sustainable Development Commission/ UNESCO UK to participate at the national level in the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) conference in Liverpool, 29th and 30th March

2010. To prepare the five year strategy paper for the ESD Commission / UNESCO, UK

2009 Invited keynote presentation: Hunger: the future of food and the right to food” for the Troicaire Annual Lecture. Queen’s University Belfast, March 8

2010. Invited keynote presentation: “The Road to Copenhagen: The Developing World”. “Come Together to Stop Climate Chaos”, Lord Mayor’s Office and Belfast City Hall. December 5.

2009 “Spaces of Progress in the Empire: From the Moral to the Material” in the 14th International Conference of Historical Geographers (ICHG) Kyoto University, Japan, 23 to 27 August 2009.

2009 Invited Distinguished Visiting Professorship lecture titled: “Sustaining Communities in an Era of Climate Change: Education for Sustainable Development across Cultures” Pacific Basin Research Center. Soka University of America, California, January 16th.

2009 “Community-based response to incidence of Arsenic in the groundwater in West Bengal” Environmental Awareness and arsenic Mitigation at BESU (Shibpur, West Bengal) and at the Institute of Environmental Management & Studies (IEMS) at Tatas, Jamshedpur. 26 -27 June

2009 Participated in the ‘oikos’ International Advisors Retreat at Zurich. 11-12 September.

2008 Sins of Flesh in the Tropics: Discourses of Morality in Colonial India in the Gender and History Forum, School of History, QUB.

2008 “Representations in a Colonial Space: Privileges, Differences and Idioms: A Case of Madras City”. World Series Seminar, School of Geography & Geosciences University of St Andrews, Fife

2008 Invited to the Intercultural Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development Roundtable Workshops at the University of Cyprus. The roundtable workshops focus on educational and research projects that involve, among others, UNESCO, the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, the Cyprus Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment, the Harvard-Cyprus International Institute on Public Health, Frederick University, and other academic, governmental and non-governmental institutions in Cyprus. University of Cyprus October 3-11

2008 “Role of NGOs in International Development: Philanthropy versus Charity” Keynote address given in Lily Foundation of America, Fund Raising Dinner, Dallas, Intercontinental Hotel, Parkway, Addison, Texas. USA, 30th May

2007 “Shared Visions and Futures: Education for Sustainable Development across Disciplines and Cultures. Plenary Address to be given in A Vision for Shared Visions, Sustainable Futures: Education Across Disciplines and Cultures. University of Cyprus, Nicosia, November 15-18.

2007 "Regional Incidence of Poverty in India: From Rich to the Poor" in 4th International Conference on Population Geographies, Department of Geography and Resource Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 10-13 July (jointly with A, Dubey and C. Lloyd).

2007 “Why Women go Missing? A Case from Imperial Census of the Raj” in Gender and Historical Geography, RGS/IBG Annual Conference. Sponsored by the Women and Geography Study Group and the Historical Geography Research Group. London. September

2007 “Neoliberal Spaces and Sustainable Communities” in Environmental Sciences Research Institute, Uslter University, Coleraine Campus, March 8.

2006 “Imperial Census of the Raj” Historical Geography Research Group Practicing Historical Geography 12th Annual Postgraduate & Undergraduate Conference. Wednesday 1st November. QUB.

2006 “Sustainable Communities”. Invited paper presented in the Four Nations Conference on Education for Sustainable Development & Global Citizenship, Wales Assembly, Cardiff,Sept

2006 “Sustainable Communities”, Invited Keynote paper presented in the release of the Sustainable Development Strategy White Paper for Northern Ireland. Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, Department of Environment, May 9

2006 Grounding Development Studies Beyond the Global Divide: An Agenda for Internationalising the Curriculum. QUB. Higher Education Academy Registered Practitioners Forum, February 22 2006 “Idioms, Symbolisms and Divisions: Beyond the Black and White Towns in Madras, 1652-1850” Postcolonial Research Forum, QUB 26 April,

2004 “Sins of Flesh: Sexuality and Spaces in Colonial India paper to be presented in the European Social Science History Conference that will take place 24 - 27 March Berlin, Germany.

2003 Chaired a session in the 12th International Conference of Historical Geographers, at University of Auckland, New Zealand for the session: IV “Emigration Experiences.”

2003 “Fractured Modernity and Representations: Missionary Discourses among the Indigenous Population of Northeast India, 1836-1900. 12th International Conference of Historical Geographers, Auckland, Dec.9-15.

2003 “Mapping Madness and Infirmities in Madras Presidency, India, 1931. C.Lloyd and M. Satish Kumar, 12th International Conference of Historical Geographers, Auckland, December, 9-15.

2003 “ From Development to post-Development: Implications for the Third World”. Presented in 28h Refresher Course in Economics”, at the Academic Staff College, JNU, 20th January.

2002 “‘Noble Savages to Gentlemen’: Discourses of Englishness and Identity among the Tribals of Northeast India”. National Seminar Northeast: Challenges and Responses, 19-20 December,Nehru Memorial Museum and History, New Delhi, India (presented jointly with S.Nag)

2002 “Education, Skills and the Labour Market in a Globalised world: A Case of India”. Paper to be presented in 44th Annual Labour Economics Conference, Dec, 15-17, Panjab School of Economics, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. (jointly with R.K.Sharma and S. Meher)

2002 “Structure and Trends in the Informal Sector: A Case of Northeast India” National Seminar on Globalisation, Employment, Migration and Trade: Relevance for the Northeastern Region of India”. NEHU, 22-23 November.

2002 “ Post-Angst in Geography: Realistic assessment of Discourses”. Department of Geography, Kirorimal College, Delhi University. August,

2002 “Environmental Implication of Urbanisation in the Third World”. Presented in 27th Refresher Course in Economics”, at the Academic Staff College, JNU, 14 September 2002.

2002 "Peer Observation of Teaching" Represented Queen's University Belfast in the Regional Seminar on Peer Observation of Teaching at the All Ireland Society for Higher Education. 30 May, Belfast Castle.

2002 “From Democracy to Governance: Changing Perspectives on Poverty from the Ivory Tower of Development", in the 3rd Annual Volunteers Day under the theme "Fighting World Poverty", organised by War on Want, Northern Ireland, UK

2002 “Idioms, Symbolism and Divisions: Beyond the Black and White Towns in Madras,1652-1790”. RGS-IBG International Annual Conference, Queen’s University Belfast, UK, 2-5 January.

2001 Chaired a session in the 11th International Conference of Historical Geographers, at University of Laval, Quebec for the session: 13 A Urban Historical Geographies VI. “The Shaping and Ordering of Public Space.”

2001 “Oriental Sore' or 'public nuisance': The Regulation of Prostitution in Colonial India, 1865-1889”International Conference of Historical Geographers (Quebec City, Canada), 12-18 August 2001 “Devouring Agglomerations and their Outgrowths in India: Beyond Rural-Urban Divide”. International Conference on ‘Rural-Urban Encounters: Managing the Environment of the Peri-Urban Interface’, Development Planning Unit, University College London, 9-10 November.

2000 “Ethnicity and Development: A Case Study of South Asia.” Paper presented in the Geographical Association of Belfast, Queen’s University of Belfast, 21 November.

2000 "Eurocentric Reflections in Social Sciences: A Case of Asian Urbanisation." Paper presented in the OKD Institute for Social Change and Development, Chenikuthi, Guwahati. 22 June.

2000 "Post (Angst) in Geography: From Realism, Pragmatism to Discourses" Paper presented in UGC-DSA Seminar on Emerging Frontiers in Geography and Job Challenges to Geographers. CSRD/ SSS/JNU/ New Delhi, 28-29 March.

2000 "From 'Dilemmas' to a Parody of Thought: Eurocentric Reflections on Asian/ Third World Urbanisation." Paper presented in the History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group of the RGS-IBG Annual Conference on Eurocentrism at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, 7th January.

Symposia & 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 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
  • 2008 Successful coordination of an International Seminar Organized by Department of History, Assam University. Sponsored by ICSSR (New Delhi), ICHR (New Delhi), ICSSR-NER (Shillong) and Assam University. “Encounter and Interventions: History of Christian Missionary Endeavor in British North East India”, 17-18th March
  • 2007 Co-coordinator, QUB-Postcolonial Research Forum 1st International Conference: Postcolonial Islands: Geographical, Theoretical and Human, September 21st-23.
  • 2007 Co-coordinator 28th Irish Conference of Historians: Empires and their Contested Pasts. 18-20th May, QUB
  • 2006 Successfully coordinated a Satellite Symposium on Cancer Research between Cancer Research & Cell Biology (CCRCB) QUB and the National Institute of Immunology New Delhi, on behalf of Queen’s to extend the Internationalisation vision. Formalised collaboration between Government of India and QUB with top medical research institute (NII) & CCRCB, 10-11 April
  • Co-coordinator (with Dr. R. Tomlinson) for the Annual Conference of the Institute of British Geographers, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland,
  • 1997 Coordinator (with Prof. S.K. Thorat) National Seminar on “Employment and Poverty of Social Groups in the Context of New Economic Policy,” Centre for Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
  • 1995 Coordinator (with Prof. H. Singh) “Tenth International Association of Universities General Conference of Vice-Chancellors,” New Delhi, 6 9 Feb.
  • 1993 Coordinator (with Prof. A. Kundu) "National Seminar on Rail Transport Pricing and Economic Development", Sponsored by Railway Fare and Freight Committee, Ministry of Railways, Government of India.
  • 1993 Coordinator (with Prof. A. Mathur) “Thirty Fourth Labour Economics Conference”, Jawaharlal Nehru Univer¬sity, 2-4 January.
  • 1991 Co Director (with Prof. M.K. Premi) One-Day Workshop on “First Results of Census of India 1991,” 24 April
  • “India's Urbanisation as Revealed by 1991 Census,” 22 November. Held at the Centre for Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

University Administration

  • Advisor of Studies for School of Geography (2003-06)
  • Exams Liaison Officer (2001-03)
  • Staff-Student Consultative Committee (2003-06)
  • School of Geography Senior Management Committee (Sept 2004- Jan 2005)
  • Post-Graduate Coordinator, School of Geography, Queen’s University Belfast (September2004- Jan 2005).
  • Member, Queen’s University International Development Com. (2004-05).
  • Member Faculty Post Graduate Committee. (September 2004- January 2005)
  • School representative in International Development Committee (2004-05).
  • School representative,Faculty Post Grad Committee (Sept 2004- Jan 2005)
  • Contributed to University Open Days, Discovering Queen’s initiative.
  • Member Advisory Committee of the Department of Special Assistance (UGC) for Geography, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. 1997 -2001
  • Member of the Committee for Advanced Studies and Research, School of Social Sciences. Jawaharlal Nehru University. 1997-98
  • Member Board of Studies, School of Social Sciences. Jawaharlal Nehru University. 1995 -97
  • Coordinator, M.A. Program at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Involves coordinating M.A. program, advising faculty and students on a daily basis and maintaining liaison with university administration. 1993-97
  • Member Department of Special Assistance Purchase Committee, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University. 1995-96 Coordinator (with Prof. A. Mathur) Committee for the Preparation of the Profile of the School of Social Sciences, to Commemorate Twenty-five years of Jawaharlal Nehru University. 1996-97
  • Coordinator (with Prof. A. Mathur) for the preparation of paper on "Role of the School of Social Sciences in the Development of the Nation", for the University Grants Commission on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of India's Independence. 1987

Leadership of Field surveys

2010-11 Coordinated two major research fieldwork in the Sundarbans in partnership with the Institute of Wetland Management

1999 Field Survey Methods (Socio-Economic) Course offered (with Prof. H.Singh and Dr.M.C.Sharma) in Baddi Industrial District at Solan, Himachal Pradesh (26 MA students)

1993 Field Survey Methods (Socio Economic) Course offered (with Dr. S. Sinha) in Balroad Village, Bhiwani district, Haryana (26 MA students)

1992 Field Survey Methods (Physical Geography). Course (with H. Singh and S.Sinha) in the Himachal Himalayas of Spiti and Kinnaur region. (42 MA students).

1991 Field Survey Methods (Physical Geography) Course in the Uttarkashi Region of Uttar Pradesh Himalayas (17 MA students)

1988-89 Ph.D. research involved a survey of the Urban Labour Market of New Delhi.