Choyon Saha

Choyon Kumar Saha is a doctoral student in Global Governance program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs through the University of Waterloo. His core research interests proactively center on political economy, environmental governance, environmental policy, and politics. His current research funded by Ocean Frontier Institute of Canada interrogates how the context of political economy has been played a pivotal role in the emergence and evolution of transnational eco-certification schemes, which are designed with numerous principles to govern the global aquaculture sector in a sustainable manner. His past research works underlined the human dimensions of natural disasters and climate change, brick kilning industry’s effects on the environment and the contribution of social safety net policies to poverty reduction.

Choyon has held various positions in academia over the past five years, most recently as an assistant professor in sociology at Jagannath University. He also served as an associate coordinator for research and advocacy in Unnayan Shamannay, one of the leading think tanks in Bangladesh, where he involved in developing and executing policy-oriented projects examining the creation of employment and livelihood opportunities in poverty-prone regions, financed by Concern Worldwide and Irish Aid Department of Foreign Affairs. Prior to joining this organization, he spent over a couple of years as a research officer/associate in various projects run by development partners and universities. Recently, he has worked as an intern with the Western Environment Center on exploring the potential policies to build an environmental mandate social enterprise in Western Newfoundland.

Before embarking on his doctoral studies, Choyon pursued an MA in Environmental Policy at Memorial University after obtaining his master and bachelor in Sociology from the University of Dhaka. His research has appeared in various peer-reviewed journals, notably in Poverty & Public Policy, Natural Hazards, International Journal of Environmental Studies and Asian Geographer. He is highly passionate about exploring new governance mechanisms for sustainable policy solutions to the most pressing global environmental challenges of the 21st century.

Academic / Professional Awards

  • Global Governance Fellowship, 2019
  • International Doctoral Student Award, 2019
  • Ocean Frontier Fellowship, 2018
  • Graduate Studies Fellowship, 2017


  • Saha, C.K. (2017). “Dynamics of climatic and anthropogenic stressors in risking island-char livelihoods: a case of north-western Bangladesh”, Asian Geographer, 34 (2): 107-129.
  • Saha, C.K., Hosain, J. (2016). “Impact of brick kilning industry in peri-urban Bangladesh”, International Journal of Environmental Studies, 73 (4): 491–501.
  • Saha, C.K. (2015). “Dynamics of disaster-induced risk in southwestern coastal Bangladesh: an analysis on tropical cyclone Aila 2009”, Natural Hazards, 75 (1): 727-754.
  • Kamal, M.A., Saha, C.K. (2014). “Targeting social policy and poverty reduction: a case of social safety net programs in Bangladesh”, Poverty and Public Policy, 6 (2): 195-211.
Environment and Resources
Global Political Economy / Waterloo Political Economy Group (WatPEG)
  • M.A. in Environmental Policy (2019), Environmental Policy Institute, Memorial University
  • M.S.S. in Sociology (2008), Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka
  • B.S.S. in Sociology (2007), Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka

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