Three faculty members make their mark as editors

Three faculty members make their mark as editors

Three faculty members from the AIT School of Engineering and Technology and AIT School of Environment, Resources and Development contributed as editors to newly released books and a journal.

Fisherfolk in Cambodia, India and Sri Lanka - Migration, Gender and Well-being" – the first edition of the book co-edited by Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe, Head of Department of Development and Sustainability – was published in August.

This volume studies the coastal and riparian fishing communities of three Asian countries – Cambodia, India and Sri Lanka. It explores issues of migration and movement, gender relations, wellbeing, and nature-society relations common among these communities, and studies the impacts of internal and external pressures such as changing state policies, increased market exposure and unstable environmental situations. It also discusses the changes needed to ensure safe migration, social inclusion and the gendered well-being of fishers in these countries, and identifies the roles that social networks and collective action play in bringing about these improvements.

Fisherfolk in Cambodia, India and Sri LankaMigration, Gender and Well-being presents a rigorously investigated account of the peoples and production systems of some of Asia’s most populated and contested but dynamic and productive coasts and floodplains. The book will be of importance to students and researchers of Asian studies, development studies, geography, sociology, migration studies, gender studies, and minority studies.

Drought Risk Management in South and South-East Asia –  a book co-edited by Dr. Indrajit Pal, faculty member and Chair in the Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management (DPMM) program – was published in August.

The geo-climatic conditions of South and South-East Asian countries are diverse and vulnerable to multiple natural hazards such as drought. Drought evolves over months or even years, affecting a large spatial extent and causing enormous damage. Drought Risk Management in South and South-East Asia is a comprehensive reference on overall perspectives and scenarios on drought risk mitigation and management, based on researches and case studies from South and South-East Asian countries. Drought management is a complex area of work that requires active and continuous participation of the national, provincial and local governments, multiple ministries, and divisions.

This book demonstrates the best practices of socio-economic and technological interventions to enhance drought risk management, which will help to develop plans and policies, and their implementation to reduce the impact of droughts. It also offers views of field practitioners on impacts of the interventions practised at the national, sub-national and local levels.

Prof. Sangam Shrestha edits special issue of Environmental Research

Professor Sangam Shrestha of the Water Engineering and Management program collaborated with Dr. Linda Anne Stevenson of the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), Prof. Rajib Shaw (Keio University, Japan) and Prof. Juan Pulhin (UPLB, Philippines) as the Managing Guest Editor of a recent Special Issue of the journal Environmental Research.

The July 2020 Special Issue on “Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation: Asian Perspective” is composed of fifteen original articles contributed by project leaders or members of projects supported by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research over the last five years.  Read More