Jenia Mukherjee, a practitioner of environmental history, has pursued her PhD on the social biography of canals and wetlands of Kolkata, India, reflecting on the history of urban planning and development and its impact on the ecology of the city and livelihood of vulnerable communities. Her research interest centers round urban sustainability, social ecology, community development and participatory approaches, etc. She works at the Institute of Development Studies Kolkata, India, where she is the coordinator of an Environment and Development course, and conducts sponsored research projects on themes relating to her research interest. She intends to get involved in long-term research activities on mega-urbanization, urban sprawl, sustainable urbanization, etc., critically exploring these concepts, its multi-layered impacts, and possible recommendations for the developing nations, especially India.
Since participating in the seminar in Quito on Sustainable Urbanisation, Jenia has gone on to organise a two-day conference on sustainable urbanisation in India.