Staff profile

Dr Debadayita Raha

Lecturer in Human and Developmental Geography

Deb wearing a blue sweater with a pink striped shirt, smiling, outdoors


Social Sciences


College of Science and Engineering


School of Built and Natural Environment

Research centre

Environmental Sustainability Research Centre




Derby Campus



I am a social scientist at the University of Derby. My teaching and research balances on multidisciplinary perspectives of challenges that affect people's lives from issues related to environment, energy, waste, education, health and sanitation living in urban and rural contexts. Key aspects of my work has been looking at opportunities and questions that impact policy and practice of sustainable development.

Prior to joining the University of Derby, I completed my PhD at the University of Reading looking at 'Gender and Rural Development Dynamics, Case study of a Public Private Partnership in Rajasthan, India'. After which I was part of a multi-million pound UK-India research consortium funded by EPSRC-DST project as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Geography, University of Nottingham. My work package in the bioenergy project looked at whole systems analysis of Rural Hybrid Energy Enterprise Systems (RHEES).

Teaching responsibilities

Within the School of Environmental Sciences I currently teach on the BSc (Hons) Geography and the Environmental Sustainability courses. 

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Research interests

My research interest lies in solution-focused inter-disciplinary issues that affect urban and rural contexts. I try to identify gaps in policy discourse and implementation processes working with a participatory bottom-up approach to problem-solving. 

Research areas include (not restricted to):

PhD Supervision (Current)

Daniel Koomson - Topic: Adaptation and Resilience of Coastal Communities to Climate Change.

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Recent conferences

Experience in industry

I have previously worked as Senior Executive - Community Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, TVS Motor Company Limited.

TVS Motor Company is a very reputed multinational company and is the third-largest motorcycle manufacturers in India. As a senior member of the Corporate Social Responsibility team (CSR) I was in charge number of CSR activities the company undertook both for its employees and the extended communities within which it was embedded. CSR activities were funded by Ford Foundation and from within the company for both urban and rural projects. From water management around factories, income-generating activities for women, health and sanitation, improvement of primary education to temple renovation as the centres of tradition, culture, and faith. 

International experience

I have been previously awarded International Scholarships for my academic training: Felix Scholarship 2005 (MSc); Felix Scholarship 2007 (PhD). My core research context has been in Asia specialising in India, however, my research now has expanded to Africa specifically Ghana. 

In the media

Recent publications

Further details of my publications are available on my Researchgate profile.