Project – Eastern Belt Network

April 2020 to Ongoing – Eastern Belt Network-India

The aims of this project are:

  1. To identify and map the number of colleges and universities that offer programmes related to risk, crisis, disaster management, development, and avoidable deaths in the 10 eastern states of India; and
  2. To explore the feasibility of developing a network of these colleges and universities for avoidable deaths, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development.

This is a collaborative project led by Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett (University of Leicester) and Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita (Kansai University) in collaboration with Srashta Chowdhury (University of North Bengal), Rwittambara Kashyap (Tata Institute of Social Sciences – Assam), Satyajit Barik (NIIS Institution of Information Science & Management, Odisha), Biswajit Paul (University of North Bengal) and Meharaj Bano (Vellore Institute of Technology).


13 December 2021- current – The project is in the report writing process.

1 June 2020 –  12 December 2021 – Data collection has been completed in eight states (Meghalaya, Assam, Mizoram, Manipur, Tripura, West Bengal, Nagaland and Sikkim).