Sarmistha Pattanaik

Associate Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), IIT Bombay

Research Areas

Environment, Energy and Natural Resources

Sub areas:

  • Environmental Studies/Environmental Sociology
  • Risk, Vulnerability and Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Governance, Coastal Commons, Wetlands and fisheries
  • Gender and Environment
  • Political Ecology / Feminist Political Ecology
  • Academic Background

    Ph.D. (Sociology), Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi- 2006

    M.Phil. (Sociology), Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi- 2001

    M.A. (Sociology), Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi- 1999


    Books & Monographs

    Pattanaik, Sarmistha. The Troubled Shore: Conflict and Resistance Movement in the Wetlands of Odisha, India. Winshied Press, Delhi, India (2016).

    (Manuscript under signed contract with Routledge, U.K)
    Pattanaik, Sarmistha and Amrita Sen. Contested landscapes and regional political ecologies of environmental conflicts in India. (ed.).

    Journals and Book Chapters

    Huque Sana, Pattanaik, S. and Parthasarathy, D. “Cityscape Transformation and the Temporal Metamorphosis of East Kolkata Wetlands: A Political Ecology Perspective”, Sociological Bulletin, Vo. 69 (1) pp1-18, April, 2020)

    Madhanagopal Devendraraj and Pattanaik, S. “Exploring fishermen’s local knowledge and perceptions in the face of climate change: the case of coastal Tamil Nadu, India”, J.of Environment , Development and Sustainability, Vol. 22. Pages 3461–3489(2020) (Springer Nature), ( April, 2019)

    Sen Amrita, and Pattanaik, S. ‘A Paradox of the “Community”: Contemporary Processes of Participatory Forest Conservation in the Sundarban Biosphere Reserve (SBR) Region of West Bengal’. J. of Environmental Sociology, Vol 19 (1), Pp- 33-46 (Taylor and Francis), (2019)

    Chauhan Hemant Kumar, Parthasarathy, D. and Pattanaik, S. “Coastal environmental Vulnerability: Sustainability and Fisher Livelihoods in Mumbai”, India , In Heidkamp, Patrick C. and Morrissey John (ed.), Towards Coastal Resilience and Sustainability (295-308). Oxon: Routledge (2019)

    Sen Amrita, and Pattanaik, S. ‘The Political Agenda of Implementing Forest Rights Act 2006: Evidences from Indian Sundarban’. Environment Development and Sustainability, Vol. 21, pages 2355–2376 (Springer Nature), (March, 2018).

    Sen Amrita, and Pattanaik, S. 2018 ‘Communities in a “Protected” Urban Space and Conservation Politics in Mumbai’s Sanjay Gandhi National Park’. In J. Mukherjee (ed.), Sustainable Urbanization in India: Challenges and Opportunities (pp. 257-278). Singapore: Springer (2018).

    Sen Amrita and Pattanaik, S. ‘How Can Traditional Livelihoods Find a Place in Contemporary Conservation Politics debates in India? Understanding Community Perspectives in Sundarban, West Bengal’. Journal of Political Ecology 24: 861-880. (2017).

    Sen Amrita, and Pattanaik, S. ‘Community Based Natural Resource Management in the Sundarbans: Implications of Customary Rights, Law and Practices’. Economic and Political Weekly .52 (29): 93-104. (2017).

    Pattanaik Sarmistha “Development or Disaster? Land acquisition and dispossession in the mining belts and coastal zones of rural Odisha”, In Sony Pellissery, Benjamin Davy, Harvey M. Jacobs (eds.), Land Policies in India: Promises, Practices and Challenges, (pp. 105-126). Singapore: Springer (2017).

    Chauhan, Hemant Kumar, Parthasarathy,D. and Pattanaik, S. “Development, Environmental Vulnerability and CRZ Violations in India: Their Impacts on the Fishing Communities and their sustainability implications in Mumbai Coast”, International Journal of Environment, Development and Sustainability. (Springer), Vol 19, (3): 971-985. (28th March 2016).

    Pattanaik Sarmistha “ Indigenous Communities, Livelihoods and Displacemnet due to Iron Ore Mining in Odisha”, In S. Sankaran Chair (Rural Labour) (ed), Adivasis in India: Resources, Livelihoods and Institutions. (pp 176- 194). New Delhi: Bloomsbury Publisher International (2016).

    Chauhan Hemant Kumar, Parthasarathy, D. and Pattanaik, S. “Coastal ecology and fishing community in Mumbai: CRZ policy, Sustainability and Livelihoods”, Economic and Political Weekly. Vol LI, (39): 48-57. (2016).

    Sen Amrita, and Pattanaik, S. ‘Politics of Biodiversity Conservation and Socio Ecological Conflicts in a City: The Case of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai’. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics. 29 (2): 305-326 (Springer). (2016)

    Huque Sana, Pattanaik, S. and Parthasarathy, D. “Are Sustainable Cities “sustainable ” for the poor ? A study of Calcutta in eastern India “, Sociologia Urbana e Rural journal. Urban Spaces Production, Sustainability and Participation. Vol.38, (109): 9-22. (2016)

    Chauhan, Hemant Kumar, Parthasarathy, D. and Pattanaik, S. “Evidence based Management of Coastal Zone and CRZ Violations in Mumbai: Urgency of Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan (ICZMP) in Maharashtra”, In book Proceeding, Evidence Based Management Vol.1’, (Pp.546-551). Excellent Publishing House: New Delhi, ISBN- 978-93-84935-18-4 (2015).

    Pattanaik, Sarmistha “Impact of Mining on Water and Human Health: A Case Study of Baitarani River Ecosystem in Orissa”, In Anjal Prakash, Saravanan & Jayati Chourey (ed), Interlacing Water and Human Health: Case Studies from South Asia. Sage: Delhi (2012).

    Pattanaik Sarmistha. “Indian Environmentalism and Gandhian Values: The Relevance of Satyagraha in Contemporary Environmental Movements in India”, Journal of Gandhi Marg. Vol 29, No.4. (January-March 2008).

    Pattanaik Sarmistha. “Conservation of Environment and Protection of Marginalized fishing Communities of Lake Chilika in Orissa, India”, Journal of Human Ecology, Vol 22, (4): 291-302. (2007).

    Pattanaik Sarmistha. ‘Development, Globalization and the Rise of a Grassroots Environmental Movement: The Case of Chilika Bachao Andolan (CBA) in eastern India”, The Indian Journal of Public Administration, Vol. XLIX, (1): 55-65. (2003).

    Pattanaik Sarmistha. “Tradition, Development and Environmental Movement of the Marginalized”, Indian Anthropologist, Indian Anthropological Association, Delhi, Vol. 33, (1). (2003).

    Courses Taught


    Introduction to Sociology (HS-307)

    Environmental Studies (HS-200)

    Social Movements and Social Change: Contemporary Reflections (HS 412)


    Development, Planning and Policies in India: Issues and Alternatives (HS 601)

    Science and Technology in India’s Development (HS 602)

    Ecology and Society (HS 629)

    Socio-psychological approaches to Development and Change (HS 603)

    Research Methodology (HS 605)

    Advanced theory of society (HS 804)