University of Calgary

Sujoy Subroto

  • Doctoral Student

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


I was born and brought up in a remote village in the North-Eastern part of Bangladesh which is located near the foothills of Indian State Meghalaya and surrounded by wetland and fresh-water swamp forest. I completed my B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Forestry from the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh. My undergraduate research was mostly focused on forest ecology especially how vertical forest structural complexity affects regeneration, biodiversity and ecosystem functions. Then, I worked with an NGO under USAID funded project as a Natural Resource Management Facilitator in the second largest natural forest of Bangladesh. During this time, I got the opportunity to acquire in-depth first-hand knowledge and experience on real-life socio-environmental problems associated with managing protected areas which had instigated my curiosity to do further study in environmental governance. With push ahead by this interest, I did my second master's in Rural Development and Natural Resource Management at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in 2016. My graduate research explored the issue of "power devolution in protected area governance under a co-management regime in Bangladesh" I also conducted my internship project in one of the largest mangrove forests in the world "Sundarban", which aimed to qualitatively examine the climate change impacts on livelihoods of forest dwellers and indigenous knowledge-based adaptation techniques. Moreover, I have carried out extensive fieldwork in various protected areas of our country as part of the ¨Forest Carbon and Biophysical Inventory, 2014¨, conducted workshops and training related to climate-induced vulnerabilities and capacity building of local communities, as well as involved with a wide range of volunteer activities and professional associations.

Education/ Degrees

♦ M.Sc in Rural Development and Natural Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden, 2017.

♦ M.Sc in Forestry with Thesis, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh, 2013.

♦ B.Sc in Forestry, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, 2011.

Research Interests

  • My research aims to provide an in-depth understanding of socio-political features and processes that are shaping the governance systems and outcomes. Thus, my research interest lies in the broad spectrum of Collaborative Environmental Governance, REDD+ Discourse and Carbon RightsProtected Area ManagementSocial-Ecological Systems, Forest Ecology, and Ecosystem Services. 
  • As I am interested to examine the nature-society relations and access and control over resources in new forms of global governance such as REDD+.  Therefore, my current research focuses on the ongoing structural and policy changes in protected area management in Bangladesh as well as the challenges associated with forest governance reforms in the context of REDD+ initiatives.  Most specifically, my Ph.D. project will examine the potential of multi-stakeholder collaborative approaches to build adaptive capacity and promote resilience in social-ecological systems in order to sustain ecological and livelihood outcomes under REDD+ governance. 

Research Group

Environmental Governance Research Group led by Dr. Conny Davidsen, in the Department of Geography, University of Calgary, Canada. 

Award, Scholarships and Achievements

  • Awarded "Eyes High International Doctoral Recruitment Scholarships" for the period of 2019-2023 at the University of Calgary, Canada. 
  • Awarded "Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) Scholarship", University of Calgary for the period 2019-2023.
  • Department of Geography Graduate Program Excellence Award, University of Calgary.
  • Awarded Travel grant to participate in the Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS)” network summer program at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Austria in 2016.  
  • Awarded “Swedish Institute Study Scholarships in 2014". 
  • Selected as a Delegate to “International Youth Environment Meet 2013 . 
  • Selected as a Delegate to “Bangladesh Youth Leadership Summit 2012".
  • Bangladesh Government’sJunior High School Scholarship in 2000. 
  • Bangladesh Government’s Primary School Scholarship in 1998. 

Publications and Thesis

  1. Siddique, A; Subroto, S; and Davidsen, C. (2019). Global REDD+ pilot projects and policy lessons vis-à-vis Bangladesh’s current REDD+ Preparations: A Critical Review(Abstract accepted for the AAG annual conference which will be held in Denver, USA, 2020). 
  2. Subroto, S; Rashid, AZM; and Caudra, M. (2017).  “From policy to practice- Devolution of power in protected area governance under a co-management regime: an empirical study on Rema-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary Bangladesh.” (Abstract accepted to IUFRO 125th Anniversary congress, which was held in Freiburg, Germany, 18-22 September 2017). Access to online copy: 
  3. Internship Project: Exploring the linkage between Climate change, Governance of natural resources andLivelihoods of forest dwellers: An internship experience in Munsiganj, Sundarban Mangrove Forest, Bangladesh. 
  4. Masters thesis (Bangladesh): Subroto, S., Sarker, k, S., Das. (2013).“Forest canopy complexity influences functional diversity, ecosystem functioning and regeneration along a disturbance gradient in Tarap hill forest, Bangladesh”.   
  5. B.Sc Project: Sarker, k, S., Subroto, S. (2011). "Quantification of Vertical forest strata and structural dominance in Satchari National Park, Sylhet". 

Affiliated Memberships

  • Member of the "American Association of Geographers
  • Selected as a member of the "IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)" for the period 2017-2020. 
  • Member of the "Swedish Institute Alumni Network for the Future Global Leaders".  
  • Member of “Commonwealth Forestry Association (CFA)”, UK.  
  • Member of Institute of Foresters Bangladesh, Dhaka. 
  • Member of “South Asian Youth Society (SAYS)”.  
  • Member of “Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC)”  


  • TravellingPhotography and Voluntary Activities. 

Current Studies

  • Doctoral Student
    Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
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