Centre for World Environmental History

Subir Dey

Subir is currently employed as an Assistant Professor (Ad hoc) at Indraprastha College for Women in University of Delhi, India. He teaches colonial histories of Southeast Asia and 20th century world histories. He submitted a PhD at Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi in July, 2015. Subsequently, he was employed as a co-investigator in a research project ‘Climate Change, Uncertainty and Social Transformation’ that was in collaboration with Institute of Development Studies, UK, University of Sussex and Norwegian University of Life Sciences funded by the Norwegian Research Council in September, 2015.

His graduate research focus has been on history of agriculture, demography and citizenship in late colonial Assam in India. His post doctoral research under the project has been empirical reconstruction of the making of colonial region in spaces of extreme environments and the role of climate in shaping colonial policy in Kutch, Sundarbans and Bombay. The focus here is to trace colonial attitudes towards these geographies and their respective demographies and the pattern of bringing these spaces under modern built environment.

Recent Publications

Dey Subir, ‘Civilisation at the edge of nature: Mousuni Island in The Sundarbans’ published in the Op-ed section of Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK; http://www.ids.ac.uk/opinion/civilisation-at-the-edge-of-nature-mousuni-island-in-the-sundarbans

Dey Subir, ‘Rains in Chennai, 2017: A historic view’, in ‘India Accelerates in Building Resilience’ Issue No. 166, February, 2018 in southasiadisaster.net; http://www.aidmi.org/publications.aspx


Jawaharlal Nehru Young Fellowship Award under Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund of the Nippon Foundation & Tokyo Foundation, Japan, 2012-2015

Partnership Grant Award in 2013 for Postgraduate Research Exchange Program at King’s College London, 2013

SYLFF (Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund) Research Abroad Award for academic visit to University of Sussex, UK, 2014