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Binoy Majumder
Independent Research Consultant
Serampore, India
I am a research consultant with a strong background in agriculture, water management, and climate change-related projects. My professional achievements include successful collaborations with renowned institutions such as Virginia Tech University, Cornell University, UC Davis, and IWMI. I possess a Master's in Sociology, a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Studies.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
As an experienced research consultant, my professional journey has been marked by various accomplishments and collaboration with esteemed institutions. My expertise spans across agriculture, water management, and climate change-related fields. My strong foundation in research and project coordination has allowed me to make meaningful contributions to each project I have participated in.

I am currently working as a research consultant with Virginia Tech University, conducting an Impact Analysis of their Integrated Pest Management Project in Bangladesh. Previously, I collaborated with Virginia Tech University and Cornell University on a project titled "Livelihood in a Climate-change Vulnerable Region," covering 30 villages in the Indian Sundarbans. This project involved conducting focus group discussions to understand the livelihood challenges faced by communities in the region.

As the Project Coordinator for a yearlong study project called "Climate Migration and Impacts on Household Financial Activities: Evidence from the Sundarbans Region in India," I had the opportunity to work alongside the University of California, Davis, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics. Our study aimed to shed light on the factors that influence climate-induced migration and how household members remaining behind utilize remittance flows to cope with their daily expenditures.

During my tenure as Research and Project Coordinator at The Researcher, West Bengal (2010-2021), I contributed to several projects, including "Unravelling the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in West Bengal, India" as a data manager, and the "T2S (Transformation to sustainability): H2O" research project as a local coordinator. Additionally, I worked on the Arsenic Awareness and Mitigation project in South 24 Parganas, as well as multiple research studies with International Water Management Institute (IWMI).

My professional experience also includes working as an Office Assistant at Divyayan Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India (2008-2010), where I was responsible for administrative tasks, report writing, designing Annual Report, Monthly Report booklets, and other literature published by the institution, and website maintenance.

As an Independent Consultant, I have worked on various projects, including the "Serampore Initiative" project by The National Museum of Denmark, the research study titled "Effects of Climate Change on Economic Participation in Sundarbans region, India," and the restoration of Serampore's heritage buildings from the Danish period, undertaken by the National Museum of Denmark.

I have co-authored several papers and publications, including peer-reviewed articles in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Economic Letters. Additionally, I have contributed to working papers such as "Extent of Digital Inclusion in Sundarbans Region of West Bengal" and "Crossing the Frontiers: Transdisciplinary Research and the Negotiated Approach for Peri-Urban Groundwater Management in the Indo-Gangetic Delta."

In summary, my professional experience as a research consultant, project coordinator, office assistant, and independent consultant has equipped me with the skills and expertise necessary to contribute to valuable research projects across a variety of fields. My collaborations with renowned institutions, diverse project experience, and publications demonstrate my commitment to advancing knowledge and providing meaningful insights that can contribute to positive change.
My diverse educational background has provided me with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel as a research consultant. My academic journey began with a Master's in Sociology (MSO) from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) between 2016 and 2018. During my master's program, I achieved a commendable score of 71% and studied various subjects, including Sociological Theories and Concepts, Research Methodologies and Methods, Sociology of Development, Sociology in India, Sociology of Education, Diaspora and Transnational Communities, Sociology of Religion, Urban Sociology, India: Democracy and Development, and Decentralisation and Local Governance. This comprehensive curriculum provided me with a strong foundation in sociological principles and their practical applications, which I have since applied to my research work.

In addition to my Master's degree, I also hold a Post Graduate Diploma that has further enhanced my expertise in my field. This diploma has allowed me to specialize in specific areas relevant to my professional pursuits, making me a valuable contributor to research projects.

My academic foundation began with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in English Language and Literature from Calcutta University (2005-2008). In this program, I gained a solid understanding of the history of English literature, literary criticism and theory, as well as Romantic, Victorian, 18th-century, and 20th-century literature and philosophy.

Throughout my academic journey, I have also honed my language skills and am now proficient in Bengali (native or bilingual proficiency), English (full professional proficiency), and Hindi (limited working proficiency). These language skills have been essential in facilitating clear communication and collaboration with diverse teams and individuals across various research projects.

In summary, my diverse educational background, including a Master's degree in Sociology, a Post Graduate Diploma in my field, and a Bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature, has provided me with a strong foundation in both theoretical knowledge and practical research skills. Along with my language proficiencies, these qualifications have prepared me to excel as a research consultant, collaborate with international teams, and contribute to valuable research projects in agriculture, water management, and climate change-related fields.
Affiliations and Achievements:
My other affiliations and achievements demonstrate my commitment to continuous learning and professional growth. As a certified community WASH worker, I have completed training by the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST), expanding my knowledge in the area of water, sanitation, and hygiene. Additionally, my linguistic capabilities include Bengali as my native language, full professional proficiency in English, and limited working proficiency in Hindi. Outside of my professional pursuits, I am passionate about community photography, a hobby that allows me to capture the essence of the places and people I encounter in my work. This blend of affiliations, achievements, and interests highlights my well-roundedness and dedication to both my career and personal development.
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    Years of Experience:
    10-15 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Bengali, Hindi
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