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, […]
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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.