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Kalpita Bhar Paul

Humanities & Social Sciences

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Ph.D., Manipal University

Kalpita Bhar Paul brings a formidable combination of academic and field experience to Krea University.Her post doctoral stint was at IIT Bombay and her broad research interest lies in philosophically engaging with the nature—human relationship. Through her course of study and field work, she has strived to develop a phenomenological understanding of the human—environment relationship and delineate its import for environmental ethics/philosophy.

Her doctoral research revolved around giving primacy to the relationship instead of the human or the eco-system while developing ethics towards the environment. She philosophically engaged with the Sundarbans islander’s phenomenological understanding of the risk perception, vulnerability, and the notion of environmental crisis, and her dissertation demonstrated how an effective ethics towards the environment can be crafted out.This engaged philosophical mode of inquiry gives her a unique vantage point to engage with real-world challenges and focus on illustrating why philosophy is necessary in today’s day and age.

She has published widely in international journals such as Environmental Ethics, Ethics & the Environment, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, etc.

Kalpita has extensive field experience in the area of sustainable development and natural resource management. From 2008-2011, she worked for the Development Research Communication Services Centre, an NGDO in West Bengal. She was responsible for supervising several projects on sustainable natural resource management, climate change adaptation, rural livelihoods, and strengthening self-help groups. Before doing her Ph.D., she was a teacher at an alternative residential school, Pathashaala, (Tamil Nadu) run by the Krishnamurti Foundation India. At this school, she explored a sustainable and environment-friendly community-based way of living.

Kalpita has a B.A.in History, Philosophy, and Bengali from Hooghly Mohsin College, Burdwan University (2008); a Postgraduate Diploma in Environment and Sustainable Development from IGNOU (2010); and an M.A. in Environment and Development from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, (2012). She also participated in an Eco-village Design Education course at Wongsanit Ashram, Thailand (2011). She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Humanities from the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, MAHE.

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