Starting out with a Beng(ali)

Hello from Kolkata! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Raka Sen. I’m a rising third year in the Sociology PhD program (CAS). My research is in the Sundarbans in both India and Bangladesh — where I’m studying the gendered dimensions of climate change adaptation at a household level. I’m currently in Calcutta, and will mostly be in the Indian Sundarbans for the next month — so do let me know if any of you all are in the region! 

I just finished up my work in the Bangladeshi Sundarbans and am in equal parts nervous and excited for my month or so in the Indian Sundarbans. I went to the same village last year, so it will be nice to see the same folks again and notice what has changed and what has stayed the same.

More very soon!

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About rakasen

Raka Sen is a graduate student in the sociology program at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include the sociology of climate change, social resilience, cities, neighborhoods and disaster sociology. Her research revolves around the gender divisions of the work it takes on the individual level to adapt to climate change in rural Bangladesh and India. She studies the Sundarbans, a piece and parcel mangrove forest that is often referred to as climate change ground zero. Prior to beginning her graduate study, Raka was a Researcher at Rebuild By Design, a resilience initiative launched after Hurricane Sandy. At Rebuild she worked on a study of managed retreat in the Sandy region and studied how long term infrastructure projects develop over time. A Colorado native, she holds a B.A. in Sociology, Urban Design & Architecture Studies from New York University.