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ABOUT ME

Creating & sharing knowledge about human relation with
the marine environment & animals for a sustainable future

    Having two PhDs in marine anthropology, and applied psychology, my work is the holistic study of cultural and naturalscapes shaped by physical and symbolic interactions of humans with the marine environment and life forms. I expertise encompass Anthrozoology, Multispecies Ethnography, Marine Social Science, and am currently working on a new methodology of Transdisciplinary Human- Shark research.

   Due to the unique positionality of my research, it has been a privilege to contribute to the pioneering field of marine social sciences and human-shark research. To my knowledge, I am the first scientist to conduct white shark cage diving ethnography (New Zealand); written the first narrative shark book from India; the first Indian scientist to conduct White shark research; first to conduct a multispecies ethnographic research with sharks; first to create a sensory documentary of White shark cage diving and the first to conduct scholarly investigation of Sundarbans shark attacks (India). I am now creating a citizen science initiative about Western Australian Great White sharks. 

    My work is not only about creating knowledge but synergizing, and disseminating it through various mediums like painting, documentary, and public speaking. I think at a subliminal level, I am in an experimental stage of integrating art and sciences in my research and writings, trying to find the lines where the soul and the mind meets.

    Currently, I am a professor in transdisciplinary research and psychology at Sister Nivedita University, Kolkata, India. I look towards contributing to the global discourse of transdisciplinary research, marine social sciences, and anthrozoology -through teaching and/or research opportunity in academia or industry globally, particularly in Europe.  

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2014- 2021

PHD ANTHROPOLOGY

Ethnographic investigation of White Shark cage diving in New Zealand, Department of Anthropology, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. 

2008-2013

PHD APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY

 A study of romantic motive and mental health in relation to creativity of male painters and non-painters. Applied/ Evolutionary Psychology, University of Calcutta, India.

2004 - 2006

MASTER'S DEGREE HRD, APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY.

Master’s degree in Human Resource Development-Applied Psychology-  University of Calcutta, India.

2014 - 2016

BACHELOR'S DEGREE PSYCHOLOGY

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (2004); (Honors) University of Calcutta, India.​ Minor, Political science, Sociology.

Shark- human holistic research and Knowledge system​

(SHHRKS)

Methodological Summary

The lives and oceanscapes of sharks are highly threatened. The present way of creation and dissemination of knowledge is not having an effective impact on shark conservation initiatives. Consequently, in this proposal, I plant the seeds of Shark- human holistic research and Knowledge system approach (SHHRKS) a transdisciplinary, transmodal, tranceknowledge system multispecies approach in education, creation, analysis, and dissemination of shark knowledge and its application in policy.

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Thoughts on shark demystification

" The most important question is...did mere dis-information create this image? ...The shark was merely the right vessel to commodify our primal dread of the unknown, hence it had such a long-lasting cognitive effect in mass consciousness. To counter that, yes, it is pivotal to spread unbiased and factual knowledge, however, the more I contemplate, Dostoevsky's words come back to me ‘Beauty will save the world’ ....

 

 

 

The Marine Social Science Network

The Marine Social Science Network (MarSocSci) aims to increase  awareness and understanding of the integral role that social sciences can have in management and decision making for our global seas and coastline. What a great honor it is to be the international officer for the Marine Social Sciences Network. I look forward to contributing to the global movement of marine social sciences. Furthermore, as the Indian Lead it is my pleasure to announce the launch of the Indian regional chapter of MarSocSci.

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PUBLICATIONS & MEDIA

It has been a privilege to have been published in various global journals and media outlets. For the full list, Please click here...

SKILLS

As a lifelong learner, I’m constantly expanding my skill set through professional and personal experiences. Below you will find some of my key abilities, along with how these skills have led to success.

  •  Anthropologist with extensive first-hand experience in knowledge creation in the field.

  • Anthrozoology

  • Multispecies Ethnography

  •  Marine Social Science

  • Transdisciplinary Human- Shark researcher.

  • 12 Years training as a psychologist 

  • Multidisciplinary collaboration.

  • Qualitative and quantitative investigator.

  • Archival research.

  • Strong written and visual communication skills.

  • Seasoned orator.

  • Experienced teacher, university with over eight years of experience.

  • Experience in human resource development and passionate about team building.

  • Proficient in Office suite, Google suite, and other data specialized organizational and analysis software such as Nvivo, Spss, R, Dragon, etc.

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EXPERIENCE

Explore - Educate - Conserve

2021- Now

Professor of psychology and transdisciplinary research at Sister Nivedita university, India.

My responsibility is to support students of psychology with various topics including organizational society, mentorship, public presentation, and initiation of a transdisciplinary research lab at the university.

2022- Now

ICUN Forests 2022

It will be my pleasure to represent SNU as the faculty Coordinator for ICUN Forests 2022 International Course Program

2019- Now

Human animal conflict advisor, Sundarban tiger widow welfare society.

My responsibility is to support creation of strategies to provide best sustainable solutions for humans and sharks to create opportunity to support the humans who have suffered the shark bites, as much as creating conservation strategies to support the sharks who are losing their natural habitat due to anthropogenic effects.

2013- 2021

GUEST LECTURER 

  • University of New Plymouth ANTH503: Applying Anthropology (2021). Special lecture on marine anthropology.

  • Sea explorers institute Kolkata (2019). Introduction to marine anthropology.

  • University of canterbury (2017). 1 session, Environment, Development and Disaster.

  • The government college of arts and craft (2013). 8 session module created and taught on applied aesthetics psychology.

2007- 2014

2014-2019

TUTORING, UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY

  • Anthropology,410. Multispecies Studies.

  • Anthropology,103. Identity, Ritual and Power: An Introduction to Anthropology.

  • Sociology,112. Global Society.

  • Human services,103. Violence in Society.

2018- 2021

STUDENT SUPPORT

  • Post graduate peer advisor- University of Canterbury.

  • Founder of Aichacademia.com,Educational, organizing, support for returning/ mature students.

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Vidyanjali International school (2013). Sociology and psychology teacher

  • Germination management services, (2013-2014) HR representative.

  • Entertainment and art industry India, as an actor, painter and producer.

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RECOGNITIONS & FUNDINGS

UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY ALUMINA ASSOCIATION GRANT

2018

Special grant for significant contribution to Zealand Marine research and conservation.

UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY RESEARCH REPORT

2017

Featured researcher from department of Anthropology.

SCHOOL OF LANGUAGE, SOCIAL & POLITCAL SCIENCES FUNDING

2017

Funding Field work equipment.

SCHOOL OF LANGUAGE, SOCIAL & POLITCAL SCIENCES FUNDING

2016

Funding for conference.

NEW ZEALAND CENTRE FOR HUMAN-ANIMAL STUDIES

2015

Featured researcher, the first ethnographic investigation of a marine practice

University of Canterbury.

SCHOOL OF LANGUAGE, SOCIAL & POLITCAL SCIENCES FUNDING

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2015

Funding for conference.

SELECTED CONFERENCES & PRESENTATIONS

ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS

  • Technology in human shark research, a 5 min presentation. Discussing about Technology in human shark research at the Digital Technology in Nature workshop organized by the The University of Melbourne, Australia. At the Animal Computer Interaction Conference 2021, 9 November 2021

  • Introduce a new human- shark research methodology I have been working on for the Blackpool and The Fylde, 18th November, 2021. College.

  • Waterworlding Conference (Cultural studies approaches to multiple waters) organized by the Institute for European Ethnology/Cultural Studies at the Philipps University of Marburg (June 17-19, 2021).

  • Environment and conservations of Aotearoa New Zealand, 2018. Napier. Communities protecting nature.

  • Australasian Animal Studies Association conference, 2017, Adelaide.

  • Animal Intersections art, 2017, Adelaide. Panellist and artist.

  • New Zealand marine sciences society and Australian marine sciences association, 2016

  • White, an ethnographic exploration of a hyperreal shark.

  • Multispecies ethnography; challenges the humanistic epistemology in anthropological investigation.

  • Indian National Confederation and the Academy of Anthropologists, 2018. Marine Anthology a path ahead.

  • First prize in paper presentation on experimental social psychology at the 47th national & 16th international conference of the Indian Academy of Applied psychology, 2012

  • Diagnostic Applied Neuro-psychological Association, 2013. presentations on applied arts in mental health.

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OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

  • Sea explorers Institute, 2019, introduction to marine anthropology.

  • Indian Lifesaving society, Kolkata, India, 2015; The Native and the jaws.

  • Stores if adventure and research with great white sharks in NZ.

  • Rotary club of Belvedere Garden, Kolkata, India.2015

  • Fun life of sharks, and the marine environment, talking with standard 1 to 8 at Timaru south school, 2017.

  • Motivational talk for standard 12 at Timaru high school, 2017.

Other memberships & certifications

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Voluntary work
  • Sundarban tiger widow welfare association, self reliance project; Human animal conflict advisor.

  • Rotary, India Literacy Mission, Consultant.

  • Founder of Gouri, free self defense training for women and children.

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+91 90518 75180 (Phone, WhatsApp)

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