Dr. Avilash Roul
Principal Research Scientist, IGCS
Avilash Roul (Ph.D) is presently Principal Research Scientist at IGCS, evaluating urban forestry in Asian context besides leading and coordinating research projects in IGCS. Dr. Roul has been involved in the development and environment discourse in Asia for more than a decade, leading several policy developments in intergovernmental as well as national institutions, while extensively travelling in Asia and working with deprived communities, indigenous people and grass roots organisations. Earlier, he worked as executive director of Manila based “NGO Forum on ADB”, Assistant Regional Coordinator of Washington Based Bank Information Center (BICUSA) to engage, evaluate and follow up Multilateral Development Banks’ impacts on poverty eradication and environmental sustainability of their policies, programs and projects in Asia-Pacific. Earlier, he worked with New Delhi based Center for Science and Environment (India) and its flagship Magazine Down To Earth to establish the linkages between poverty and the environment. Avilash received his doctorate from Jawaharlal Nehru University on the subject of ‘Negotiating Water Security in South Asia’. His interest areas includes environmental negotiations, climate change, climate finance, water conflict and IWRM, wildlife conservation, forestry, rights of indigenous peoples, mainstreaming disaster risk management, democratization of development decision making process in South Asia, Central Asia and Mekong region. He has been writing, advocating, researching and creating knowledge and campaigning on environment and development interface since 1999. He has contributed articles and research papers in the New Sunday Express in a regular column as Earth Matters from 2002-2004, Down to Earth, EcoWorld, SSPC Opinion, Jakarta Post, The Hindu, Dhaka Tribune, Vietnam News and DailyO. He has been associated with the Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict since its inception including several organisations in Central Asian Countries including Mongolia and Mekong countries. In leisure time, he cooks, writes opinions and follows Silk Route and Spice Route with tinge of Monsoon influenced food, culture and society in Asia.