University of Calgary

Sujoy Subroto

  • Doctoral Student
  • Graduate Assistant-Teaching


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 on which my local community depended for their subsistence livelihoods and survival. My strong interest in sustainable environmental governance emerged from this early first-hand experience of resource-related conflicts, and the impact of seasonal variations and local power relations on rural livelihoods, social identity, and environmental injustice.

Being the first student from my rural village to ever get enrolled in a university, 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 on how vertical forest structural complexity affects regeneration, biodiversity, and ecosystem functions. Then, I worked with an NGO under a USAID funded Conservation and Development project 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 the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in 2016 with the support of Swedish Institute Study Scholarships. 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 fieldworks in various protected areas of our country, served as a deputy team leader for the "Forest Carbon and Biophysical Inventory, 2014" project, conducted workshops and training related to climate-induced vulnerabilities and capacity building of local communities, co-founded a local volunteer organization and involved with a wide range of extra-curricular 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 Neoliberal Conservation, Climate Justice, REDD+ Discourse, and Carbon RightsProtected Area Co-ManagementSocial-Ecological Systems, and Livelihood Resilience.
  • 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+ carbon trading evolving under the regime of Climate Change. Therefore, grounded in qualitative methodology, my current research focuses on the emerging forest carbon framework in Bangladesh its implementation challenges in the post-COVID era, with a specific aim to critically understand the ongoing structural and policy changes, Equity, and Climate Justice concerns, and local livelihood realities through the analytical lens of Political Ecology. Most specifically, my Ph.D. project will examine the discursive process and underlying power relations transforming forest governance modalities and ground realities, as well as the potential of multi-stakeholder collaborative approaches to build adaptive capacity and promote livelihood resilience in social-ecological systems (protected forest) in order to sustain ecological and livelihood outcomes under multi-scalar and multi-actors REDD+ governance system. 

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 and Thesis

  1. 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.

  2. 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). 
  3. 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: 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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”.   
  6. 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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