Dr M. Satish Kumar is a leading international expert on colonial and postcolonial studies focused on South Asia, covering many areas across social sciences and humanities. He is heavily engaged in key issues of international development and its ramifications across urban and rural contexts. In particular, challenges of heritage management in the context of rapid urbanisation are a current area of research. His knowledge and expertise is widely sought by Governments, charities and other organisations and he has been an active advisor on subjects such as international development and higher education to the Department for International Development, Northern Irish Assembly, Indian Government, Royal Irish Academy, Belfast City Council and Habitat for Humanity amongst others. Dr Kumar is also extensively involved in the academic community as a member of peer-review colleges for AHRC - GCRF and Newton Fund and a reviewer of proposals for a range of other funding bodies such as the British Council. He has also held a number of visiting Professorships including most recently in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and currently in the University of Calcutta, Kolkata.
Dr Kumar’s valued contributions to international research and teaching have been recognised through a number of awards:
- Bhoovigyan (Earth Scientist) National Leadership Award by the late Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Vice President of India for contributions to Population, Environment & Development Studies. India (2002).
- The India- European Union Global Peace and Friendship Award, 2001 for promoting international peace and understanding based on the values of Peace, Education and Culture over the past twenty years in the communities in India and the UK, (2003).
- Queen’s University Teaching Award as nominated by the students out of 1175 academic staff.
Dr Kumar brings a critical, Southern Asian perspective on diversity, gender and age into the engagement remit. Inclusivity and a diversity of experience across disciplinary boundaries help reinforce impact and adds tremendous value for RCUK-led research initiatives across the global South. Evidence for his approach can be seen in his much admired work in the local Northern Ireland context where he has been very active in establishing and participating in a number of initiatives to promote engagement and cross-cultural understanding. For example:
- Established the Young Civic Leaders of Northern Ireland (2014) programme to encourage young people in Northern Ireland to engage in their local communities and make civic contributions.
- Chair of the Board of Directors for ArtsEkta, Northern Ireland’s leading Intercultural Ethnic Arts and Cultural Organisation (2013-15), promoting intercultural dialogue. While chair, Dr Kumar oversaw the Governance Training of Board Members under the Charities Commission compliance directive and successful progress towards completion of the key targets for the organisation.
- Organised several interactive workshops on themes of global citizenship and peace for school children in Northern Ireland as part of work supporting development educational initiatives in the region, especially among marginal communities.
Graduate Theses Supervised M.Phil. /Ph.D. since 1991
Supervised 11 MPhil and 1 PhD Thesis/ Dissertations in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (1991-1997)
Supervised 3 MPhil Dissertation in University of Cambridge (1998-1999)
Supervised 3 PhD Theses and 1 MPhil Dissertation in Queen’s University Belfast (2001-2016)
PhD Neil Rosborough “Climate Change, glacier fluctuations and freshwater availability in Northern India” (jointly with I. Barr and D. Mullan) (on-going, 2016)
PhD Dermot Deering Topic to be confirmed (jointly with T. Sturm) (on-going, 2016)
PhD Steven Donnelly “The Role of Urban Design and Culture in the Formation and Perpetuation of Mono-Cultural Communities in Belfast, Northern Ireland” (on-going, 2016)
PhD Neelambari Phalkey “Social and Ecological Resilience: A case of marginalised communities in Sundarbans mangrove ecosystem” (2017)
PhD Ajith Kalyath, “Land as a Critical Ecological Resource for Sustainable Cities: A Case Study of Chennai City, India” (2013)
PhD David Vumlallian Zou, Inscribing History at the Intersection of print Culture, Linguistic Diversity and Identity Issues in Northeast India. (2003-07)
PhD Suresh K. Rohilla, Role of ground Water in Urban development: Case of Delhi and its Peri-Urban Region. (2002-07)
Ph.D. Kalyan Das, Flexible Specialisation in Industrialisation in the context of Urban Development: A Study of
Tiruppur, Kannur and Morbi Towns, 1999
M.Phil D. Verma, Growth and Interdependence of Secondary and Tertiary Activities in Eastern India, 1971‑81.
M.Phil M. Mitra, Human Fertility in Eastern India ‑ A District Level Analysis, 1981.
M.Phil Kalyan Das, Sectoral Diversification and Urbanization Processes of Small Towns of India: A Case Study of Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Orissa, 1961‑91.
M.Phil K.K. Champia, Urbanization, Industrialization and its Inter‑linkages: A Case Study of Jharkhand, 1971‑91.
M.Phil P. Choudhry, Delhi and Bombay Extended Metropolitan Areas: Core‑Hinterland Relationship, 1971‑1991.
M.Phil S. Chand, Housing and Household Amenities: A Comparative Study of National Capital Territory of Delhi and National Capital Region 1991.
M.Phil V.S. Dahiya, Foreign Direct Investment from Southeast Asia into India: A Sectoral, Spatial Analysis 1993‑94.
M.Phil S.K. Sah, Structure of Urban Agglomeration and Outgrowths in Five Metropolitan Cities of India, 1981-1991.
M.Phil Z. Ansari, Urbanisation and Urban Environment: A Case Study of Four Mega Cities of India, 1971-91.
M.Phil S. Mishra, Urbanisation, Migration and Industrialisation: A Case Study of Orissa and Punjab, 1981-1991.
M.Phil C. Sinha, Structure of Urbanisation in National and State Priority Cities of India, 1981-91.
M.Phil P. Kalia, Dilemmas of a tourist gaze in Khajuraho: Cultural Resource Management and issues of sustainability. [Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, 1999].
M.Phil K.A. Toole, “Provision of Water and Sanitation in Urban Slum Areas in the Developing World: A Case of South Africa”. [Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, 1999.]
M.Phil S. Jeong, The Land Aesthetic: An Embodiment of Value. [Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, 1999].
Queen’s University Belfast; University of Cambridge; Jawaharlal Nehru University; and Soka University of America
- Development Studies - regional focus on India/ South Asia.
- Urbanization - theoretical approaches, covering international case studies, focus on South and SE Asia
- Transformation of Metropolitan Labour Markets - Developing regions analysis
- Historical Geography of Urban Centre - specialized focus on South and SE Asia
- Gender and Work - historical and contemporary approaches, focus on South and SE Asia
- Migration - theoretical approaches, covering international case studies, focus on South and SE Asia
- Labour economics and gender theory, case studies internationally, focus on South and SE Asia
- Population and Environmental Issues - theoretical and international case studies
Undergraduate Courses at the School of Geography, Queen’s University Belfast, UK since 2000
10GGY3063 Spaces of Urbanisation in Emerging Economies and Sustainable Development (Coordinator). Achieved high targets in delivering and fostering high performance and greater engagement with an advanced module.
210GGY1001 Spaces of Development (Jointly with Dr. Niall Majury)
210GGY238 Geographies of Uneven Development (joint Coordinator with Dr. Niall Majury) Succeeded in delivering the targets of meeting Learning Outcomes for the module and received more than average Scores in SET and SEM. Managed to achieve the targets set by the learning outcomes
210GGY105 Human Geography: Society and Space (team taught)
Succeeded in delivering the targets of meeting Learning Outcomes for the module and received more than average Scores in SET and SEM.
110GGY328 Independent Research Essay Successfully coordinated the Independent Research Essays module.
210GGY329 Independent Research Essay Successfully coordinated the Independent Research Essays module.
210GGY224 Field Techniques & Practice (2002-03 was responsible for allocating of Dissertation projects)
310GGY302 Dissertation (Coordinator 2002-2003). Organised the first ever-benchmarking document as guidelines for writing dissertation in line with the UK/QAA and subject benchmarking principles.
Graduate Courses at the Queen’s University Belfast, UK since 2000
MA GAP7415, Postcolonial Geographies, 2015-2016
MA GAP7402, Critical Approaches to Human Geography, Co-Taught, 2013-2015
MSc Leadership for Sustainable Development, Queen’s University Belfast, UK 2005 on-going. Gibson Institute for Land, Food and Environment. Contributed to the interdisciplinary teaching initiative for QUB by teaching in MSc Programme, 2005 - 2014
Supervised 2 Masters Theses in the Rural Development Programme for Gibson Institute for Land, Food & Environment (2003-04).
Graduate Courses at M. Phil and Ph.D. Level, Jawaharlal Nehru University and University of Cambridge, 1991-1999
Population Geography, Urbanization and Migration (Advanced Theory, International and South Asia, Case
Studies) 1991-97 Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)
Labour Force, Employment and Manpower Planning (Theory and South Asia Case Studies of Metro Cities- New
Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta, Bangalore, Ahmedabad) 1991-95 JNU
Population Growth and Econ Development (Brazil, China, Japan and India) 1991-93 JNU
Environment and Development, Third World Urbanization and Sustainable Development (Theory and International Case Studies) 1998-99 Cambridge.
Graduate Training Program (First Year Ph.D. course in preparatory skills for research and fieldwork, general advising
on dissertation preparation, also including qualitative and quantitative methods in urban research and critical realism for social scientists) with Dr Linda McDowell. 1998-99 Cambridge
National Planning and Economic Policy (Focus on Urban and Migration policies in the Developing World). 1998-99 with Dr. John Cathie, Cambridge.
Institutions & Development(Colonialism, Post-modernism and Institutions) 1999 with S. Fennell, Cambridge.
Graduate Courses at M.A Centre for Regional Development, JNU
Urbanization and Migration (Theory and Case Studies from Developing Regions) 1996-97
Process of Urbanization and Urban Planning (Theory and International and South Asia case studies) 1995
Population and Environment (Theory and Case Studies from Developing Regions) 1997
South East Asia ‑ A Meso-Regional Study 1991-97 Jawaharlal Nehru University
Regional Development and Planning (Theory) 1995
Quantitative Methods in Geography 1991
International Summer School, University of Cambridge, International Programmes (A11 The State of the World: Exploring Environmental and Green Solutions, emphasis on “Sustainable Cities in the Developing World”) 1999, Term 1 with Dr. Joe Smith, CIES, Cambridge.
Undergraduate Courses in Geography and Land Economy, University of Cambridge
Urban and Regional Policies (Third Year Course) Lecturing on Developing world (with Dr. John Cathie) 1998-99 Cambridge.
Comparative Urbanization (Second Year Course) Comparing North & South America, Europe, Asia (with Dr. James Duncan) 1998-99 Cambridge.
Third World Urbanization, Development and Globalisation (Fourth Year Hon. Course) 1995 NUS.
Geography of East Asia (First Year Course for Area Studies/Language Program) 1991-92 JNU.
Gender and Society in Southeast Asia (Fourth Year Course) 1995 National Univ. Singapore (NUS).
Undergraduate Courses in Geography and Land Economy (Individual Supervision at Cambridge)
Comparative Urbanization (Year II Geography Tripos) 1998-99
Urban and Regional Policy (Year III Land Economy Tripos) 1998-99
Human Geography (Year I Geography Tripos) 1998-99
Social / Post-colonial geography (Year III Geography Tripos) 1998-99
Leadership in Field Surveys
2010-11: Coordinated two major research fieldworks in the Sundarbans in partnership with the Institute of Wetland Management
1999: Field Survey Methods (Socio-Economic) Course offered (with Prof. H. Singh and Dr. M. C. Sharma) in Baddi Industrial District at Solan, Himachal Pradesh (26 MA students)
1993: Field Survey Methods (Socio‑Economic) Course offered (with Dr. S. Sinha) in Balroad Village, Bhiwani district, Haryana (26 MA students)
1992: Field Survey Methods (Physical Geography). Course (with H. Singh and S. Sinha) in the Himachal Himalayas of Spiti and Kinnaur region (42 MA students).
1991: Field Survey Methods (Physical Geography) Course in the Uttarkashi Region of Uttar Pradesh Himalayas (17 MA students)
1988‑89: Ph.D. research involved a survey of the Urban Labour Market of New Delhi.
BA: Economics (Honours), St. Edmund’s College, North Eastern Hill University. Shillong (1979)
MA: Geography Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (1981)
- Advanced Course Urbanisation in Developing Countries, at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia, 1984.
- Advanced Course Women, Men and Development, at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK, 27 April-24 July 1987.
M. Phil Regional Development Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (1984) Thesis: “Female Participation in the
Tertiary Sector of the Urban Economy of India: A Case Study of Selected Districts”.
PhD: Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. New Delhi (1991, Applied Labour Econ) Thesis: “The Urban Labour Market in India and the Female Workforce in the Tertiary Sector”
PGCHET. Post Graduate Course on Higher Education & Teaching, Queen’s University Belfast (2001-2)
EMPLOYMENT HISTORY & POSITIONS HELD:
2016-17: Visiting Professor, University of Calcutta, Kolkata
2015-16: Visiting Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
2013-14: Director Queen’s Academy India
2008-09: Visiting Professor Soka University of America, California, USA, Dec to February.
2008: Associate Professor, Queen’s University Belfast, on-going
2000-08: Lecturer B, School of Geography, Queen’s University Belfast
2000-2003: Associate Professor, Centre for Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
1991-2000: Assistant Professor, Centre for Regional Development. Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
1998-1999: Affiliated Lecturer, Department of Geography & Depart of Land Economy, University of Cambridge
1998-1999: Visiting Fellow, Fitzwilliam College University of Cambridge
1997-1999: Commonwealth Fellow, Department of Geography University of Cambridge
1995: Guest Lecturer, National Univ of Singapore Southeast Asian Studies Program & Depart. of Geography
Member - AHRC Peer Review College, 2017-2020
Member - Newton Global Challenge Fund Peer Review College, 2016-19
Member - Royal Irish Academy, Future Earth Ireland, since 2015
Member - South Belfast Partnership Board, since June 2016
Member - European Association for International Education, 2017 (on going)
Member - Irish Geographers Association, 2014
Chairperson - ArtsEkta, February 2013- March 2015
Member - Board of Directors of ArtsEkta, 2013
Member - India Stakeholders Advisory Group. Belfast City Council, 2012 - 2015
Director - Queen’s Academy India, 2013-2014
Member - Queen’s Academy India Project Implementation Group, 2013-14
Member - Editorial Board Journal of Science, Engineering, Health and Management, 2017(on-going).
Member - Editorial Advisory Board, Intl Journal of Applied Management Research (IJAMR), 2012
Member - Expert Panel for the Selection of All Party Group- International Development Awards, Stormont Assembly Northern Ireland, 2012-14
Fellow - Higher Education Academy, UK 2009 (on going)
Member - Royal Commonwealth Society, UK, 2008-2012.
Fellow - Royal Geographical Society, UK, 2007 (on going)
Member - Steering Committee for Science & Technology, Ireland-India Council, Dublin, 2011-12
External Member - Trinity College Dublin, South Asian Initiative, 2009-14
Member - Irish Association for Cultural, Economic and Social Relations,
Advisor - ‘oikos’ International, Geneva, 2009-13
Member - UK Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS) 2008-2011
Secretary-General - Global Organisation of Persons of Indian Origin, (GOPIO) Ireland Chapter, 2006-09
Secretary - Postcolonial Research Forum, QUB
Board of Directors - Global Education Centre, Northern Ireland, 2003-06
Member - Institute of Learning and Teaching (ILT) UK.
Board of Directors - I-Factor InfoTech Limited, Harrow, UK, 2000-01
Life Member - Indian Society of Labour Economics (New Delhi).
Life Member - Association of British Scholars, New Delhi Chapter.
Fellow Researcher - The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (Tokyo).
2017 “GCRF Department of Education, UK Award “Climate Change and Hidden Heritage: Lessons from Majuli” jointly with Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), Ministry of Culture, Government of India, October, 2017 to March, 2018 (£60,000).
2017 “Transforming Heritage- An International Workshop for Enhancing UK-South Asia Networks” in New Delhi, India co-hosted with South Asian University and Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA). Department of Education, Northern Ireland, as PI. (£25,300). Launched the Transforming Heritage Consortium. Planning to access increased funding opportunities for the key partners of the consortium.
2017 “SPAN-HDI: Spatial Analysis of Human Development in India”, with Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, as Co-PI (with Dr. Deepak Padmanabhan) (£19,124)
2016 British Academy Research project “Surveying Empires-Archaeologies of Colonial Cartography in West Bengal”. Coordinated by Prof. Keith Lilley and Prof. B. Basak (University of Calcutta), November 2016-November 2017.
Invited to participate in the AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund Town Meeting, Birmingham, Nov-4, 2016.
2016 Invited to participate in EU-India platform for Social Sciences & Humanities (EqUIP) Symposium Workshop with Indian Council for Social Science Research (New Delhi) and the Norway Research Council. The Gateway Resort, 13-14 October.
2015 Successful in receiving the AHRC/ RCUK/ Newton-Bhabha expression of interest grant towards submission of a major project under the theme, Cultural Heritage and Rapid Urbanisation in India.
2014 Successfully completed research grant of £9180 towards under from the British Library Endangered Archives Programme (EAP 759): Survey of Bengal ‘Puthis’ discovered in Sundarbans, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal”.
2014-15 Successfully awarded £3.1 million out of the £45 million for the Queen’s Academy India Project for the North-East India Higher Educational Initiative for capacity building and collaborative partnership in Research and Education.
2014-15 Awarded UKIERI as Co-PI with Belfast Metropolitan College (Belfast Met) titled: “Building Organisational Efficiencies for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)” with the Bombay Chamber of Commerce. £50,000.
2011-13 Awarded the prestigious Erasmus Intensive Program to hold a Summer School in Cyprus Agros, 5-26, August 2012 titled: Reconfiguring Values and Knowledge for Sustainable Communities (5 ECTS). This is a joint initiative between Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Cyprus and Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania [€51,490 per year or €154,470 for three years]
2008 Awarded for three years’ joint grant application to Development Partnerships in Higher Education (DELPHE) with British Council and DFID, UK titled: Capacity building for a technological solution and training to improve groundwater resources management in arsenic affected areas of eastern India”, Co-Researcher with Dr. B. Sengupta as Principal Investigator. Jointly with Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur, India (£74,850)
2008 Successfully completed the Evaluation Report “Habitat for Humanity: Calibrating Best Practice Against the MDGs”, Joint PI with Dr. N. Majury Report prepared for Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland (£2528).
2002 Consultant for Final Technical Report for (DFID/NRSP) “Filling Gaps in Knowledge about Peri-Urban Interface around Hubli-Dharwad, India. (May)
2001 Citcorp Grant, Development Planning Unit, University College London (£1000)
2001 DFID Natural Resources Systems Programme (NRSP) Grant, Rothamsted (£600)
1995-96 Feasibility survey for marketing of Liquid Petroleum Gas Market Survey for Wimco Petrogas Ltd. Fairwood Consultants (Pvt.) Ltd., New Delhi (£2585)
1993 Asianet Communications Private Limited, New Delhi. Preparing background papers for making documentary films: Environmental issues in South Asia; Rural‑Urban Dichotomy: A Case of KotaDesasi and Paradoxes in Kerala, India and The University of Nalanda. 4th Century B.C. to 14th Century A.D, first international university in the world, Bihar, India.
SYMPOSIA AND CONFERENCES ORGANISED:
2017 Co-Ordinator for 'Leave No One Behind' symposium on Belfast Local Development Plan
2016 Co-ordinator for UN/Habitat III Conference at School of Natural and Built Environment, QUB
2016 Session Organiser with Dan Clayton for the Royal Geographical Society-IBG Annual Conference Geography and Decolonisation, c.1945-1980
2015 Member of the Conference of Irish Geographers organising committee at QUB (2014-15)
2012 Organised Mini-Symposium in Queen’s University Belfast on “Land as a Critical Resource for Sustainable Cities”. 15 June. Key participants were the World Bank, IBM (Dublin) and Belfast City Council (with Ajith Kaliyath).
2007-2011 Coordinator of the prestigious QUB-India Lecture Series
2010 Organised a Special Session in the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual Conference, London Jointly with Jenny Lunn, Royal Holloway University of London on Session: The role of religious organisations in social change in Asia
2009 Coordinating the conferral of the Honorary Degree to former President of India Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam from Queen’s University Belfast 10 June
2009 Coordinating the conferral of the Honorary Degree to Dr. Daisaku Ikeda from Queen’s University Belfast 18 May
2009 Coordinated two joint symposiums between Soka University of Japan and Queen’s University Belfast: Language and Communication and Peace and Reconciliation in Soka University Japan, Hachioji 19May
2009 Coordinator, 14th International Conference of Historical Geographers (ICHG) Kyoto University, Japan, 23-27 Aug, Session: Progress in the Empire
2008 Successful coordination of an International Seminar Organized by Department of History, Assam University. Sponsored by ICSSR (New Delhi), ICHR (New Delhi), ICSSR-NER (Shillong) and Assam University.“Encounter and Interventions: History of Christian Missionary Endeavour in British North East India”, 17-18th March
2007 Co-coordinator, QUB-Postcolonial Research Forum 1st International Conference: Postcolonial Islands: Geographical, Theoretical and Human, September 21st-23.
2007 Co-coordinator 28th Irish Conference of Historians: Empires and their Contested Pasts. 18-20th May, QUB
2006 Successfully coordinated a Satellite Symposium on Cancer Research between Cancer Research & Cell Biology (CCRCB) QUB and the National Institute of Immunology New Delhi, on behalf of Queen’s to extend the Internationalisation vision. Formalised collaboration between Government of India and QUB with top medical research institute (NII) & CCRCB, 10-11 April
Co-coordinator (with Dr. R. Tomlinson) for the Annual Conference of the Institute of British Geographers, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland.
1997 Coordinator (with Prof. S.K. Thorat) National Seminar on “Employment and Poverty of Social Groups in the Context of New Economic Policy,” Centre for Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
1995 Coordinator (with Prof. H. Singh) “Tenth International Association of Universities General Conference of Vice-Chancellors,” New Delhi, 6‑9 Feb.
1993 Coordinator (with Prof. A. Kundu) "National Seminar on Rail Transport Pricing and Economic Development", Sponsored by Railway Fare and Freight Committee, Ministry of Railways, Government of India.
1993 Coordinator (with Prof. A. Mathur) “Thirty‑Fourth Labour Economics Conference”, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2-4 January 1991 Co‑Director (with Prof. M.K. Premi) One-Day Workshop on “First Results of Census of India 1991,” 24 April
1993 “India's Urbanisation as Revealed by 1991 Census,” 22 November. Held at the Centre for Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
English, Hindi Bengali (bilingual proficiency), Assamese, Malayalam, Tamil, Punjabi, (working knowledge)
Other Interests: Photography, films, music, theatre, poetry, trekking
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed)
University of Lucknow
Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 0.14 SJR 0.123 SNIP 0.381
University of Prince Edward Island
Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 1.31 SJR 0.353 SNIP 0.993
Activity: Participating in or organising an event › Participation in conference
Activity: Membership › Membership of board
Contribution to conference papers, events and activities