Dr. Uttam Lal

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  Dr. Uttam Lal
  Designation: Assistant Professor
  Date of Joining: 27/02/2012
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Academic record & distinction

B.Sc: Hindu College, Delhi University.

MA, M.Phil, PhD (Ph.D): Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Junior & Senior Research Fellow (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences), Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, New Delhi, 2005-09.

Ph.D Topic: ‘Environmental Constraints and Development Processes in a Mountain Ecosystem of Western Himalaya: A case study of Kinnaur’

Research interests:

  • Mountain Ecology.
  • Cultural Ecology of Highland Societies.
  • Himalayan Rangeland dynamics& Animal Geography.
  • Borderland Space Relations

Awards & Recognition:

  • La Trobe Asia Visiting Fellow (2024), La Trobe University, Australia
  • Associateship, UGC Inter-University Center, Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla 2019-21
  • Guest Fellow-Erasmus+ Mobility Programme, Aarhus University, Denmark, 2018
  • ‘Geography Teacher Award-2016’ Conferred by the Deccan Geographical Society of India, Pune
  • Recipient of China-India Cultural Exchange Programme of Scholars, 2014, ICSSR, New Delhi & CASS, Beijing
  • Emerging Scholar-2014 at the India-China Institute, The New School, New York, USA

Latest Publications

  1. 2024: ‘Understanding multiple meanings of hunting in the Idu‑Mishmi landscape of Northeast India’. (Co-Authored). Geojournal, (2024) 89:80. Springer
  2. 2022: ‘Cross Border Interactions to Trapped Identity of Yak-Herders in Sikkim Himalaya’. The Deccan Geographer, Vol. 60, No 3, December 2022, pp 148-160
  3. 2021.‘Snow Cover Area Changes in the Changme Khangpu Basin during 2002-2019, North Sikkim Himalaya, India’. (Co-Authored). Journal of Climate Change, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 27-34. DOI 10.3233/JCC210009
  4. 2021.‘Glacial deposits from Changme Khangpu glacier in Sikkim Himalaya, India and their mineralogical characterization’. (Co-Authored), Himalayan Geology, Vol. 42 (2), 2021, pp. 312-320,
  5. 2021.Communities, Institutions and Histories of India's Northeast (co-edited). New Delhi, Taylor & Francis (ISBN: 9781032158389)

Selected Research & Consultancy Projects

  • ‘The Himalayan Cryosphere: Science & Society’. Interuniversity Consortium on Cryosphere and Climate Change, funded by the Department of Science & Technology, GoI, New Delhi. (Completed)  
  • ‘Mult hazard Mapping of the Teesta River Basin’. South Asia Bioregionalism Working Group. South Asia Bioregionalism Working Group, Kalpavriksh. (Completed)
  • ‘Evolving A Himalayan Policy for India: Infrastructure, States, Communities, and Ecologies in the Eastern Himalayas’. Consortium study with IIT, Chennai, La Trobe University, Australia & University of Western Australia (Ongoing)

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