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 Alex Skinner (UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office), Dr Madhulika Sahoo (Kalahandi University, India), Rwittambara Kashyap (Tata Institute of Social Sciences – Assam), Srashta Chowdhury (University of North Bengal), Satyajit Barik (NIIS Institution of Information Science & Management, Odisha), Biswajit Paul (University of North Bengal) and Meharaj Bano (Vellore Institute of Technology).


15 October 2022 – present – Two additional chapters are being researched, and the report is being edited

September 2022 – Dr. Madhulika Sahoo joined the project as Co-Editor for the report

1 September 2022 – 15 October 2022 – The report chapters are being compiled and the report is being edited

March 2022 – Alex Skinner joined the project as Coordinator and Editor

13 December 2021- 1 September 2022 – 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)