My doctoral research is about the claims of Indigenous peoples in resource extractive projects. More specifically, it will focus how Indigenous peoples articulate their claims of environmental justice during their resistance movement in the Phulbari Coal Project in Bangladesh. The project will create, if implemented, one of the largest open-pit coal mines in the world. Indigenous peoples and other marginalized communities are protesting against the proposed project fearing that they will be displaced and homeless. Their resistance, it is hoped, will offer insights into conceptions of environmental justice.
In my research, I intend to examine what might be learned about conceptions of environmental justice from observing the resistance of Indigenous communities to the Phulbari Coal Project. Do their actions reflect the conventional understanding of environmental justice, ie. ideas about the distribution of risks and benefits? Or, do they reflect ideas about recognition and procedural justice?
I completed my MA in Legal Studies from Carleton University, Ottawa. Before coming to Canada, I completed LLB with honours and LLM from the University of Dhaka. I have published two journal articles and a book on child rights, biodiversity conservation and environmental justice for Indigenous peoples. I am also a reviewer for Springer. Throughout my academic career, I have been researching on different environmental issues. I am an activist involving in a justice movement for prosecuting war criminals of 1971 liberation war of Bangladesh. Photography is my passion; I love travelling and trekking on the mountains.
Keywords: Resource extractive industries; Indigenous peoples; Environmental Impact Assessment; environmental justice; Bangladesh