Dr. Bejoy K Thomas

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Journal Articles

Eswar, M. & B.K. Thomas 2017 Data Discrepancies Interpreting Rural Water Data inthe Decadal Census Economic and Political Weekly, 52(28): 29-32
Thomas, B.K., S. Lele, V. Srinivasan, P. Jamwal, 2017 Rethinking Resilience in Urbanizing River Basins Seminar, 694: 55-8

Book Chapters

Thomas, B.K., P. Jamwal, S. Lele & V. Srinivasan , 2014 , Thinking About Urban Resilience: The Case of Water Scarcity and Wastewater Reuse in Bengaluru , Urban Resilience: Proceedings of the Colloquium, Bengaluru: Public Affairs Centre, ISBN 9788188816378
Jamwal, P., B.K. Thomas, S. Lele and V. Srinivasan , 2014 , Addressing water stress through wastewater reuse: Complexities and challenges in Bangalore, India , 5th Global Forum on Urban Resilience & Adaptation Organised by ICLEI. Bonn. Germany. 29-31 May 2014.


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Dr. Bejoy K Thomas
Fellow (Associate Professor), Convenor - Centre for Environment and Development
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Dr Bejoy K Thomas is a Fellow (Associate Professor) at ATREE, Bangalore. He is an interdisciplinary social scientist with interest in problem-driven research on environment and development. Bejoy holds a PhD in Development Studies from Tilburg University, The Netherlands (2009). He has been a Royal Bank of Canada Visiting Fellow at the Water Institute, University of Waterloo, Canada (2016) and a Visiting Fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, The University of British Columbia, Canada (2017).
Bejoy’s early research was on multidimensional poverty and participatory development. His doctoral research was chosen by IFPRI in 2007 as one of the leading doctoral studies on poverty as part of its 2020 Vision Initiative. Subsequently, he began looking at issues of water resources management in close collaboration with environmental scientists and engineers. During 2011-16, he co-led a multidisciplinary research initiative on water resources management and adaptation in urbanizing regions, with support from IDRC, Canada, and The Tata Trusts. His research has been published in development and sustainability journals including Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Water International, Irrigation and Drainage, and Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. He has been teaching social sciences foundation, field research methods and practicing interdisciplinary research in ATREE’s PhD program in Conservation Science and Sustainability Studies since 2008. He has designed and co-organized summer schools for interdisciplinary researchers. He has been an elected executive committee member of Indian Society for Ecological Economics (2016-18) and a member in the Government of Karnataka committee to develop an action plan to meet the UN SDG – 2.


Recent publications 
Journal articles and book chapters
  • Patil, V. S, B.K.Thomas, S. Lele, M. Eswar & V. Srinivasan, 2019, 'Adapting or Chasing Water? Crop Choice and Farmers' Responses to Water Stress in Peri Urban Bangalore, India', Irrigation and Drainage 68(2): 140-51
  • Swatuk, L. A., L. Wirkus, F. Krampe, B.K. Thomas & L.P.B. da Silva, 2018, ‘The Boomerang Effect: Overview and Implications for Climate Governance’, in Swatuk, L. A. & L. Wirkus (eds.) Water, Climate Change and the Boomerang Effect: Unintentional Consequences for Resource Insecurity, London and New York: Earthscan/Routledge
  • Lele, S., V. Srinivasan, B.K. Thomas & P. Jamwal, 2018, 'Adapting to Climate Change in Rapidly Urbanizing River Basins: Insights from a Multiple Concerns, Multiple Stressors, and Multi Level Approach', Water International, 43(2): 281-304
  • Srinivasan, V., G. Penny, S. Lele, B.K. Thomas & S. Thompson, 2017, 'Proximate and underlying drivers of socio-hydrologic change in the upper Arkavathy watershed, India', Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions 
  • Eswar, M. & B.K. Thomas, 2017, 'Data Discrepancies: Interpreting Rural Water Data in the Decadal Census’, Economic and Political Weekly, 52(28): 29-32
  • Thomas, B.K., S. Lele, V. Srinivasan & P. Jamwal, 2017, 'Rethinking Resilience in Urbanizing River Basins', Seminar, 694: 55-8
  • Thomas, B.K., N. Deepthi & P. Jamwal, 2017, 'Going With the Flow? Urban Wastewater and Livelihoods Change in Peri-urban Bengaluru', in Hiremath, A. J, N. D. Rai & A. Siddhartha (eds.) Transcending Boundaries: Reflecting on Twenty Years of Action and Research at ATREE, Bangalore: ATREE, 114-121
  • Srinivasan, V., S. Lele, B.K. Thomas & P. Jamwal, 2017, ‘Whose River? The Changing Waterscape of the Upper Arkavathy Under Urbanisation', in Hiremath, A. J, N. D.  Rai & A. Siddhartha (eds.) Transcending Boundaries: Reflecting on Twenty Years of Action and Research at ATREE, Bangalore: ATREE, 122-130
Popular articles
  • Lele, S., S.Badiger & B.K.Thomas, 2018, ‘Together, we can dam the destruction’, Deccan Chronicle, August 26.
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