Dr Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt

Dr Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt

The ASM Asia-Pacific Portal is the result of a series of events, conferences, scoping studies, case studies and further meetings, initiated by two researchers from the Resource Management in Asia-Pacific Program (RMAP) at the Australian National University (ANU): Dr Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt and Dr Colin Filer

Dr Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt was trained in Geography from the Lady Brabourne College and Calcutta University in India. From 1982, she taught Geography at Masters level in The University of Burdwan in India. Kuntala visited The Australian National University in 2000, and joined the Resource Management in Asia-Pacific Program as a Community Specialist in Natural Resource Management in 2002. She has been a coordinator and consultant to several international agencies and institutions, including Panos Institute, UK, and the International Atomic Energy Agency writing the Community Perception and Participation in Environmental Restoration Planning technical document for them.

In 1993-94, Kuntala initiated her research on coal mining and the environmental issues in eastern India with funding from Government of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests. This research led to Environmental and Social Impact Studies, including gender roles and status of women in mining. Since then, she has been working continuously on gender, mining and sustainable livelihoods, organising an international workshop and presenting keynote addresses at the International Women and Mining Conference in Visakhapatnam, India in 2004 and at 7th Annual CASM Conference in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in 2007. In 2006, Kuntala began a major research project – Creating Empowered Communities: Gender and Sustainable Livelihoods in a Coal Mining Region in Indonesia – funded by the Australian Research Council in 2006. See Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt’s personal website for more information.