Associate Professor in Science and Technology Studies Environmentalist | Author | Researcher | Activist IIT Bombay, India
Dr. Pankaj Sekhsaria
Associate Professor in Science and Technology Studies | Environmentalist | Author | Researcher | Activist IIT Bombay, India
Pankaj Sekhsaria is a long-time member of the environmental group Kalpavriksh and is currently Associate Professor at the Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA), IIT Bombay. He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering, a master’s degree in Mass Communication and a recent PhD in Science and Technology Studies from the Maastricht University in the Netherlands. His research interests lie at the intersection of science, environment, society, and technology. He has written extensively on issues of the environment and wildlife with a special focus on the A&N Islands and protected areas in the country His books on the islands include Islands in Flux – the Andaman and Nicobar Story (Harper Litmus 2019), which is a collection of 20 years of his journalism about the islands and most recently Waiting for Turtles (Kardi Tales 2021) – an illustrated story book and his first for children on turtle nesting in the Andamans. (also published in Hindi and Telugu).
His recent books in the broad field of Sociology of Technology include Instrumental Lives — An Intimate Biography of an Indian Laboratory (Routledge 2019) and Nanoscale – Society’s Deep Impact on Science, Technology and Innovation in India (Authors Upfront, 2020).
He is a keen photographer as well and has three photographic exhibitions to his credit: a) Islands Worlds… Of land and Sea: A Photographic Exhibition of his A&N pics that were all printed on silk fabric (exhibited in Pune, Chennai, Goa, Hyderabad and Delhi over the period 2016-18) b) Many Yarns of the Cotton Handloom Exhibition: A Multi-media Exhibition on Cotton Handlooms of Andhra and Telangana (New Delhi, 2018) and c) The River and the Macaque: A Photographic Exhibition of ‘Nature in the City’ (Hyderabad, 2019)
The Last Wave
Instrumental Lives: An Intimate Biography of an Indian Laboratory (Routledge Focus on Modern Subjects)
Nanoscale: Society’s deep impact on science, technology and innovation in India