Research: Fieldwork

Anjan Ghosh’s Bay of Bengal Field Trip

In October 2023, Prof Anjan Ghosh camped on an isolated, environmentally vulnerable island in the Bay of Bengal for three weeks. This island, which has no electricity or internet, has lost 56% of its landmasses in the last 15 years due to sea level rise and soil erosion, causing tens of thousands of residents to become 'climate refugees'.

Professor Ghosh collaborated with esteemed scholars specializing in 'grand challenges' from ECCES Business School in France and Research Ivey Business School in Canada. Their mission was to conduct a comprehensive ethnographic study aimed at understanding the coping mechanisms and responses of the island's residents to the harsh realities they face. This collaborative research initiative delves deep into the lives of those residing in environmentally vulnerable regions. By immersing themselves in the community, the researchers aim to unravel the intricate ways in which these resilient individuals respond to the challenges posed by climate change, exploring their adaptive strategies and resilience in the face of adversity.