Rakesh Soud


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Name: Rakesh Soud
Organization: Nature's Beckon
Rakesh Soud is the founding partner and the South Asia correspondence of the Ecoblogs (www.ecosysblogs.wordpress.com). Rakesh is a Ph.D. candidate of Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India. He is working on the environmental history and contemporary issues related to socio-ecological aspects and conservation of Asian elephants of northeastern part of India. He had focused his doctoral studies starting from medieval period to address the larger issues related to the Asian elephants and their habitats of this region. His academic training is in Ecology and Environmental sciences from Assam (Central) University, Silchar. He is a prestigious recipient of Tata Fellowship on folklore research. Where he is studying the Asian elephant as a tribal folklore element. Besides the academic involvement with research works, Rakesh is involved as a serious activist with the environmental movement of Assam initiated during eighties by Nature’s Beckon, one of the pioneer environmental civil society of northeastern India. He is focused on the large mammal conservation issues of northeastern India. He had published around 20 research articles in various journals of national and international importance. He is a regular columnist on issues related to wildlife conservation and conflicts in Assam. He is also working on the natural resource rights issues of the state and trying to understand the political ecology of the region. He has his expertise in paintings, drama and other cultural activities. His research interest includes natural and environmental history, political ecology and conservation biology.

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