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 recipient of an Eyes High International Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship at the University of Calgary. 


I was born and grew up in a poverty-prone remote village in the North-Eastern district (Sunamganj) 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 is dependent for their livelihood subsistence 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 justice.


Being the first student from my rural village to get enrolled in a public 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 mainly focused on forest ecology, especially on how vertical forest structural complexity affects regeneration, biodiversity, and ecosystem functions. Upon graduation, I worked with various NGOs, including a USAID-funded Conservation and Development Project, and conducted extensive research fieldwork in various protected areas in 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 instigated my curiosity to study the social-political dynamics of resource (forest) governance further.


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 Prestigious Swedish Institute Study Scholarships. My graduate research explored the issue of "power devolution in protected area governance under a co-management regime in Bangladesh".  As part of the M.Sc program in Sweden, I collaborated with an NGO (BARCIK) in Bangladesh and did an internship project in the world’s largest Mangrove forest, Sundarbans. This internship helped me expand communication networks and a new research avenue on climate justice, indigenous knowledge-based adaptation techniques, and livelihood risks of forest dwellers. Throughout my university education, I was also involved with numerous volunteer and non-profit organizations on campus, worked as a research assistant with a cross-disciplinary team, published several newspaper articles, 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 for 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, 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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