Mehebub Sahana


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I joined The University of Manchester as a Research Associate in 2020. In 2022, I was awarded an Early Career Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust, and I am the Principal Investigator of a three-year research project – ‘Landscape, Environment and the People: Ecological Spoils of the Bengal-divide'.  

My Leverhulme project focuses on interlinked issues of political partition, ecological degradation and environmental sustainability crises in the Bengal Delta. Theoretically, it seeks to frame implementable frameworks for analysing the social-environmental interface in this region and prepare a problem-solving guideline for achieving transboundary SDGs.

I am a cultural and environmental geographer with an interest in analysing land-use changes with special respect to spaces, politics, and the governance of the living and materialistic world. My present research interests include transboundary river basin management, landscape ecology, socio-ecological resilience, multi-hazard risk assessment, land-use change, rural-urban conversion and the socio-political implications of land-use dynamics in the Global South.

My research extensively investigated the transformation of human-environment interactions in the global south following colonization, as well as throughout the post-partition and independence eras. It intricately intertwined narratives concerning the utilization of land, water, and forest resources, alongside the impacts of climate change in the region, and the associated challenges of sustainable development, policies, and governance.

Current and Active research projects:

2024 to 2025: Comparing the impact of upstream and downstream flood hazards in transboundary rivers: Case studies from Nepal and Bangladesh, funded by International Science Partnerships Fund at The University of Manchester, (PI)

2023 to 2024: Interdisciplinary workshop on Transboundary River Basins and Environmental Sustainability in South Asia (TRANSCAPE), The University of Manchester-Indian Institute of Science, The Joint Research Project (PI)

2023 to 2024: District-level Heat threshold and heat wave vulnerability assessment in India, SEED New Horizons Research & Scholarship Stimulation Fund 2023-24, University of Manchester (Co-PI)

2023 to 2024: Transboundary Rivers of Bengal Delta: A Collective Intelligence Colloquium for Environmental Sustainability, SEED Impact Fund 2023-24, University of Manchester (PI)

Previously, I worked with two interdisciplinary research projects at the School of Environment, Education & Development, The University of Manchester: 

Peri-cene: that investigates peri-urbanization and climate risk in city-regions around the world (

Climate Just: climate just is an information tool designed to help with the delivery of equitable responses to climate change at the local level (

Other Completed Consultancy Projects:

2018 to 2019: Identifying, assessing, delineating and mapping areas with High Conservation Values (HCVs) in SECURE Himalaya project, GoI-UNDP project number: #000966606 WWF PROJECT NUMBER: PR 1000, Amount awarded: INR 51,70,500 (Research Consultant)

2018 to 2019: Corridor mapping using habitat suitability and cost distance analysis for tigers in Satpuda-Pench corridor, central India, IGCMC, WWF-India (2019), ENVIS Resources partner, WWF-India, Supported by Ministry of environment forest and climate change, Government of India, 1 year 3 months (Research Consultant)     

2018 to 2020: Preparation of land use, vegetation cover and biodiversity status report of landscapes of Himachal Pradesh, GoI-UNDP project number: #000966606 WWF PROJECT NUMBER: PR 1001, Amount awarded: INR 49,27,500 (Research Consultant)

2020 to 2021: Effects of Saturday And Sunday Lockdown on Cumulative Covid-19 Cases in Uttar Pradesh During 1st July to 31st August 2020     Uttar Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority, Government of Uttar Pradesh, India, 3 months, Policy report, (Research advisor)

2022 to 2022: Assessing the Baseline Carbon Sequestration of Mangroves in selected patches of Sundarbans, India, HSBC funded Major project number, WWF PROJECT NUMBER: PR 2032 INR 5,00,000, (International research advisor)

2022 to 2023: Mapping of High Conservation Value Areas (HCVAs) in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Menara Etiqa, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1 year 6 months, (Research Consultant)



Below are demonstrations of my teaching involvement:


Year 1

GEOG10282 Introduction to GIS

Year 2

GEOG20502 Spatial Thinking with GIS


GEOG709112 Issues in Environmental Policy, (Compulsory course unit, MSc Environmental Governance, Semester 2)

GEOG 60951 GIS and Environmental Applications  

Postgraduate Dissertation Support     

GEOG 60662 MSc GIS Dissertation Support    

GEOG 60662 MSc EMMR Dissertation Support

GEOG60662 Dissertation Support Teaching Support


Supervision information

PhD students

Applications from prospective PhD students aligned with my research interests are welcome, particularly those emphasizing on GIS and environmental geography. Qualified students interested in related research areas are encouraged to reach out. I am particularly interested in developing ideas concerning:

  • Transboundary River Basins and Environmental Sustainability
  • Climate Vulnerability and Socio-Ecological Resilience
  • Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment
  • Peri-Urbanization and Its Environmental Impacts
  • Land-Use Dynamics and Sustainability Issues in The Global South



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

External positions

Lecturer in Remote Sensing and GIS , WWF-India

1 Aug 201830 Sept 2019

GIS Research Assistant, Jawaharlal Nehru University

1 Aug 201330 Nov 2016

Areas of expertise

  • GB Physical geography
  • GA Mathematical geography. Cartography


  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Rural-urban Conversion
  • Remote Sensing
  • Cartography
  • Landscape ecology
  • Land Use Change
  • Socio-Ecological Resilience
  • Transboundary River Basin Management


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