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Tapan Kumar Nath

Associate Professor,



Dr Tapan Kumar Nath, graduated his bachelor's and master's in Forestry from University of Chittagong, Bangladesh and obtained PhD in Forest Science from the University of Tokyo, Japan. He was awarded a two-year (2007-2009) JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) post-doctoral fellowship just after his PhD. He joined at Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, University of Chittagong as a Lecturer in 1999 and has been working until present. He was a Visiting Faculty (January - March 2010) at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and Visiting Professor (April - October 2013) at the University of Tokyo. He joined at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus in March 2014 as an Associate Professor.

Expertise Summary

Dr. Nath is a Social Scientist with expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research. He has long experience in conducting Socio-ecological research in different setting in South and Southeast Asia. He is expert in designing social and conducting social research which generates important policy guidelines useful for policy makers towards sustainable development of society.

Teaching Summary

Dr. Nath is the convener of following courses/modules:

  • World Agro-ecosystems
  • Tourism and the Environment
  • Introduction to sustainable development
  • Development and the Environment
  • Research and professional skills for environmental scientists
  • Environmental policy and economics
  • Forests, Society and Environment

Research Summary

Dr. Nath's research interest includes community-based natural resources management, community livelihood analysis, local governance and social capital, protected area co-management and forest… read more

Recent Publications

Current Research

Dr. Nath's research interest includes community-based natural resources management, community livelihood analysis, local governance and social capital, protected area co-management and forest ecology. His current research areas include urban green space, sustainable societies, and health outcomes, social aspects of public health research, small-scale forests and sustainable development goals. He particularly looks at policy and governance of natural resources management. He has extensive research experience in south Asian countries and completed several collaborative research projects with the University of Tokyo, Waseda University, and University of Chittagong. He was team leader of several consultancy projects in Bangladesh. A few of his research projects are:

  1. Evaluating how Small-scale Agroforestry can help Malaysia Achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals. Fundamental researcg Grant Scheme, The Ministry of Higher Education, Government of Malaysia (November 2020 - October 2023) [ Principal Investigator]
  2. Understanding the Sustainability of Community Conserved Areas (CCAs) for Improved Livelihoods of Indigenous People: Evidence from Kinabalu Park, Sabah. Conservation Partnership Scheme, WWF-Malaysia (January 2020 - December 2020) [Principal Investigator]
  3. Risks and Solutions to Restore Coastal Mangrove forests for improved Ecosystem Services and local livelihoods: A comparative study (Malaysia and Indonesia). Global Challenge Research Fund, (November 2019 - July 2020) [Co-Principal Investigator]
  4. Biogas and Green Fertiliser for Indigenous Communities in Bintulu District, Malaysia. Global Challenge Research Fund, (November 2019 - July 2020) [Co-Principal Investigator]
  5. Appreciating Community Participation for the Conservation and Rehabilitation of Peatland Swamp Forests: A study in Raja Musa Forest Reserve, Kuala Selangor. National Conservation Trust Fund, Ministry of Land, Water and Natural Resources, Federal Government of Malaysia (January 2018- December 2019) [Principal Investigator]
  6. Institutional design for biodiversity conservation in Indonesian side of the Heart of Borneo: linking local reality with global issues. The government of Japan (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research) (April 2017-March 2021). [Collaborator]
  7. Building Collaboration for Research on Community-based Forest Management in Selangor, Malaysia. Pump priming fund, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (January - September 2015) [Principal Investigator]
  8. Exploring the New Environmental Ethics for Conservation of Peatland Swamp Forest in Peninsular Malaysia. Toyota Foundation (May 2015 - April 2016). (Principal Investigator]
  9. Institutional Options of Participatory Forest Management in a New Age - Integration of climate change policy and rural development policy - supported by the government of Japan (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research) for four years (FY 2012- FY 2015). [Collaborator]

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