University of Calgary

Sujoy Subroto

  • Doctoral Student
  • Graduate Assistant-Teaching

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Geography Department and a recipient of the Eyes High International Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship at the University of Calgary. My Ph.D. research examines the emerging dynamics of nature-society relations with an explicit focus on conservation politics, human-wildlife conflict, climate justice, collaborative management of protected areas, governance of complex socio-ecological systems in changing forest carbon regimes, and rural livelihood adaptation in the transboundary Sundarbans Mangroves in India and Bangladesh. As the first student from my rural village to enroll in a public university, I completed my BSc and MSc in Forestry from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology in Bangladesh. Upon graduation, I worked with various NGOs, including a USAID-funded Conservation and Development project and conducted extensive research fieldwork in various protected areas and mangrove forests in Bangladesh and India.  Throughout my university education, I was also involved with numerous volunteer and non-profit organizations on campus, worked as a research assistant with cross-disciplinary teams/groups, published several newspaper articles/blogs, and co-founded a social justice volunteer organization in his home district. Then, I did a second MSc in Rural Development and Natural Resource Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden, with the support of the prestigious Swedish Institute Scholarship in 2014-2016. Over the last years, I conducted two Mitacs projects and am now working as a research assistant with the Community Disaster Research and Indigenous Studies department at MRU, Calgary.

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 Neoliberal Conservation, Climate Justice, REDD+ Discourse, Carbon Rights, Protected Area Co-Management, Social-Ecological Systems, Livelihood Resilience, Digital Equity, and Social Justice.
  • My Ph.D. research examines nature-society relations with an explicit focus on climate justice, governance of complex socio-ecological systems in changing forest carbon regimes under neo-liberalization, and rural livelihood adaptation and community resilience in Sundarbans Mangroves (located in the Gulf of Bengal delta), one of the most climate-prone regions in the world.

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.
  • Awarded Travel Grant Scholarship by Bangladesh Sweden Trust Fund (BSTF) in 2021 
  • 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, Dissertations and Internship Report

  1. Subroto, S., &  Davidsen, C. (2022). Local Perspectives on Livelihood Risks in the Sundarban Mangroves, Bangladesh. XV-World Forestry Congress, Seoul; organized by FAO and Korea Forest Service. .

  2. Subroto, S., &  Davidsen, C. (2022). Climate Reductionism vis-à-vis Compound Injustices: Politics of Climate Justice and Livelihood Security in Vulnerable Forest Communities of Bangladesh’s Sundarbans. AAG Annual Meeting, 2022.

  3. Subroto, S., Davidsen, C., Rashid, A. Z. M. M., & Cuadra, M. (2021). Dual Governance and the Shadow of State Authority: Co-Management Realities in Rema-Kalenga Protected Area of Bangladesh. Journal of Sustainable Forestry, 00(00), 1–28.

  4. Subroto, S., Davidsen, C., Rashid, A. Z. M. M., & Cuadra, M. (2021). State-community Power Struggles in Forest Co-Management: The case of RemaKalenga Protected Area in Bangladesh. Presented at the CASID (Canadian Association for the Study of International Development) annual conference which was held virtually in April 2021. 

  5. 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). 

  6. 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:  

  7. Internship Project: Exploring the linkage between Climate change, Governance of natural resources, and Livelihoods of forest dwellers: An internship experience in Munsiganj, Sundarban Mangrove Forest, Bangladesh.  

  8. 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”.   

  9. 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 non-residential Scholar at the University of Calgary Graduate College for the 2021-2022 session.
  • 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)”  


  • TravelingPhotography, Writing and Publishing articles on Newspaper and Voluntary Activities. 

Current Studies

  • Doctoral Student
    Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
    Supervisor: Conny Davidsen
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