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.