Bidhan Kanti Das

Associate Professor

PhD in Anthropology, Vidyasagar University, 2001
Room No. 406
Office telephone
+91 33 2321 3120/21 (Extension No. 46)
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Areas of interest:
Bio diversity conservation strategies and livelihood concerns of local people;Local Forest Management; Social Ecology and Tribal Studies.



  • Rethinking Tribe in the Indian Context: Realities, Issues and Challenges,jointly with Rajat Kanti Das, Rawat Publishers , 2017.
  • Biodiversity Conservation in India: Management Practices, Livelihood Concerns and Future Options,edited jointly with Ajit Banerjee. Concept Publishing Co. New Delhi, 2014.

Articles in Journals

  • Recognising Local Communities’ Rights in Forest Policy to Meet Climate Targets, Monthly Bulletin, Special Issue on COP 26, The Asiatic Society, Kolkata, December 2021.
  • Resisting Forestry Sector Reform: Institutional Work During India’s Forest Rights Act Implementation Process, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management,, 2021.
  • Re-examining Typologies in Environmental Change and Population Displacement: Need for Contextual Understanding, Refugee Watch, 2018.
  • Denial of Rights Continues: How Legislation for ‘Democratic Decentralisation’ of Forest Governance was Subverted in the Implementation Process of the Forest Rights Act in India, The European Journal of Development Research , Vol. 31, pp. 957–983, 2019 .
  • FRA Implementation in West Bengal : Are You Talking about ‘Jungle Patta’? Economic and Political Weekly , Vol. 54 , Issue 43, 26 October, 2019
  • Locating Flood Disaster Displaced persons in the Environmental Refugee discourse: A case from the National Park Environment in India, Ethical Perspectives,Vol. 23(4):625-661, 2016.
  • How Do Women Respond in the Context of Acquisition of Agricultural land? A micro level study in Semi-urban South Bengal, India,Indian Journal of Human Development, Vol. 10(2). pp. 253-269, 2016.
  • Parks, ‘Community Participation’ and Poverty eradication: Assessing Developmental interventions in a National Park, India, Journal of the Indian Anthrop. Society 2012.
  • Making Women empowered in a Forest environment: A Self Help Group approach at Buxa Tiger Reserve, West Bengal, India, Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society 2012.
  • Exploring Demographic and Socioeconomic factors influencing utilization of ICDS service (jointly with Saswata Ghosh), Asia Pacific Population Journal 2011.
  • Genetics of quantitative Traits in Human: Inbreeding as an Approach of study,International Journal of Human Genetics,Vol: 11(3) pp:155-166,2011.
  • Livestock reduction as a Management strategy in National Parks: Anthropological Observation, The Eastern Anthropologist, Vol: 63 No 1, 2010.
  • Flood Disasters and Forest Villagers in Sub-Himalayan Bengal, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol XLIV No 4 , pp. 71-76, January 24-30, 2009.
  • Correlates of Child Malnutrition and the Role of ICDS: An Exploratory Analysis from India(jointly with Saswata Ghosh), Journal of the Asiatic Society, Vol LI, No.4, 2009.
  • The Policy of Reduction of Cattle Population from Protected Areas: A case Study from Buxa Tiger Reserve, India, Conservation and Society, 6 (2): 1-5, 2008.
  • Inbreeding effects on the growth in Stature among Telaga boys and girls of Kharagpur, West Bengal, India (jointly with D. P. Mukherjee), Anthropologischer Anzeiger , Vol 65, No.1, pp.1-9, March 2007.
  • The effect of Inbreeding on mortality and morbidity among Telugu speaking populations of Kharagpur, West Bengal, India, International Journal of Anthropology, Vol 21, No.1, pp.151-163, 2006.
  • Inbreeding depression in Anthropometric traits among Telaga Boys of Kharagpur, West Bengal, India, Collegium Antropologicum, 29, 2, pp-459-464, 2005.

Articles/Chapters in Edited Books

  • Devolving Rights to Forest Dwellers: Politics of Institutional Choice and Recognition in the Forest Rights Act Implementation Process in West Bengal, India in D. Rajasekhar (ed.) Handbook of Decentralised Governance and Development in India. Routledge Publications , 2021.
  • Strategizing local institutions as ‘community’ for development intervention: Learning from World Bank assisted Eco-development project in a protected area of India, in Professor Rajat Kanti Das (ed.) INCAA series (accepted for publication).
  • Eco-development in Practice at Buxa Tiger Reserve in West Bengal: Lessons from the field, in A. Guha (ed.) Levels of Human Existence: Issues and Challenges, INCAA Occasional Paper #7, pp. 78-112, February 2008.



  • Working as Project Director in a project Understanding Development Process among ‘Denotified Tribes”: A case of Lodhas of West Bengal, sponsored by The Asiatic Society, Kolkata.
  • Working as Co-Project Director in a project Reaching Rural Resilience : A study of Island Population of West Bengal’ with Dr Soutrik Basu , sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research , New Delhi.


  • Completed and submitted report on project titled ‘Exploring Implementation Process of Forest Rights Act 2006: A Comparative Account of Orissa and West Bengal’, sponsored by R N Tagore Centre for Human Development Studies, 2017.
  • Employment, Empowerment and the State: Enhancing Women’s Capabilities through Employment Generation Scheme Principal Investigator: Zakir Husain; Co-investigators: Bidhan Kanti Das, M. Dutta and D. Mukherjee; Sponsoring Agency: Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (Foundation), Berlin; Duration: 2009.
  • An Evaluative Study on Advocacy of Safe Motherhood under Community Health Care Management Initiative Principal Investigator: Achin Chakroborty; Co-investigators: Bidhan Kanti Das and Subrata Mukherjee; Sponsoring Agency: Panchayat and Rural Development Dept. of Govt. of West Bengal; Duration: May 2007 to September 2007.
  • An Assessment of Impact of Teachers’ Training programme in five districts of West Bengal rom field based project An Assessment of Impact of in service teachers’ Training programme in DPEP (Phase I) districts of West Bengal
    Principal Investigator: Achin Chakroborty; Co-investigators: Bidhan Kanti Das and Barnita Bagchi; Sponsoring Agency: West Bengal District Primary Education Programme; Duration: June 2005 to November 2005.


  • Paper IIA: Ethnography as method and product under Qualitative research method; Field Work.
  • Paper III A: Forced displacement and its impact; Resettlement and Rehabilitation; Compensation principle.
  • Paper III B: Tribal / Indigenous people’s problem; Forest people interface; Forest policies and its impact.


Organized Seminars/Conferences/Workshops

  • A two-day national conference on Interaction of Knowledge, Power and Ignorance: The Indian Context on behalf of IDSK with support from Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata; Anthropological Survey of India, Government of India and Raja Rammohan Ray Library Foundation, Kolkata (December 19-20 2019 ).
  • A two day National Conference on Potential of diverse Biodiversity Conservation Approaches and Livelihood Concerns in India on behalf of IDSK, at IDSK Auditorium (March, 15-16, 2011).


  • Deba Prasad Mukherjee and the Essence of Bio-cultural Approach in Anthropology in India, organised by Indian Anthropological Society and Dept of Anthropology, Dinabandhu Mahavidyalaya on the occasion of celebration of 100 years of Teaching Anthropology in India, August 11, 2020.
  • Devolving Rights to Forest Dwellers : Politics of Institutional Choice and Recognition in Forest Rights Act Implementation Process in West Bengal, India at a national seminar on Twenty Five Years of Decentralized Governance in India: Status, Issues and the Way Forward , organized by the Centre for Decentralization and Development , Institute of Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, August 28-30, 2018
  • Preserving Bio-resources in India : Need to Understand Conservation as Socio-political Process, at a national seminar on Bio-cultural Heritage of Eastern India : Theoria, Praxis and Poiesis, organised by the Department of Anthropology , University of Calcutta with financial assistance from Department of Higher Education , Science , Technology and Biotechnology , Government of West Bengal, March 28-29 , 2018.
  • Is the State Really Interested in Securing Livelihood of Forest Communities? Findings from Implementation Process of Historic Legislation in Independent India presented in the international conference on Indigenous People, Human Security and Sustainable Development: Emerging Challenges in the Present Global Context, organized by Commission on Human Rights: International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) and Dept of Anthropology, West Bengal State University , held at West Bengal State University, January 19-21, 2018.
  • Parks, ‘Community Participation’ and Poverty Reduction: Assessing Developmental Interventions in a National Park, India at the Golden Jubilee National Seminar of the Indian Anthropological Society at Ranchi University (December 17-19, 2010).
  • Whose Breach was it? Disaster and the Development Experience through Embankment Years by M. K. Jha at a conference organized by Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group in Gangtok (May 2010).
  • Strategizing Local Institutions as ‘Community’ for Development Intervention: Learning from World Bank Assisted Eco-Development Project in a Protected Area of India and Creating Belongingness through Cost Sharing in Eco-Development Investments in a National Park Environment: How Forest Villagers’ Responded?at the Congress of Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists (INCAA) held at Indira Gandhi Manav Sangrahalay in Bhopal (February 21-23, 2010).
  • Forest Villagers’ Responses on Reducing Cattle Population from National Parks: Lessons from a National Park in Sub-Himalayan Bengal at the 4th inter-congress of Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists (INCAA) held at the Dept. of Anthropology of Hyderabad Central University (February 21-23, 2009).
  • Workshop on Internal Displacement in India: Causes, Linkages, Responses, and Durable Solutions organised by the Calcutta Research Group in Kolkata (September 3-6, 2007).


  • Participated in Asia Write Shop organized by the United Nations International Strategy of Disaster Reduction (ISDR) and the Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm in Bangkok, Thailand (September 20-24, 2010).
  • What Do People Want and How Do They Act? Responses to Disaster-Caused Displacement in a National Park of Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, India at the conference on Displacement, Development and Renewal: Borneo Conference 2010 organised by RUSSIC, School of Social Sciences and Asian Languages, Curtin University of Technology, Australia, in Miri, Malaysia (July 8-9, 2010).
  • Good Strategies are Not Enough for Development Interventions: Experiences from India Eco Development Project at Buxa Tiger Reserve, West Bengal, India and Participation in Eco Development Activities in a National Park Environment in India: Nature and Consequences at the 16th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) organized by the Chinese Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences in Kunming, China (July 27-31, 2009).
  • People’s Choice and Action in Disaster Induced Resettlement at Buxa National Park, West Bengal at an international seminar on The Management of Risk and Vulnerability after the Trauma of Relocation organized by the Centre for Development Studies, University of Wales Swansea, UK supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in Bangkok (September 17-18, 2005).