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Ranjan Datta, PhD


ResearchGate Profile

Dr. Ranjan Datta is a settler scholar of colour.  Born and raised with minority communities in Bangladesh. 

CURRENT ACADEMIC POSITION                                           

  • Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Community Disaster Research at the Indigenous Studies, Department of Humanities at Mount Royal University, Canada



  • PhD. University of Saskatchewan, Canada, 2016, School of Environment and Sustainability
  • MA Thesis, Monmouth University, USA, 2010, Criminology
  • MSS Thesis, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh, 2002, Sociology
  • BSS Honors, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh, 2000, Sociology


  • Community-based Disaster Research
  • Anti-racist Perspectives on Climate Change
  • Community Resilience
  • Indigenous Environmental Sustainability
  • Indigenous and Western Science Integration
  • Indigenous Water, Energy, and Water Management
  • Food Sovereignty in Northern Communities


  • Community Disaster Research
  • Responsibility for Decolonization and Reconciliation,
  • Cross-Cultural Research Methodology and Methods
  • Indigenous Governance,
  • Community Engagement,
  • Critical Perspectives on Environmental Reconciliation.


  • Datta, R. (2020). Land-Water Management and Sustainability in Bangladesh: Indigenous Practices in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. London: Routledge.

Ed. Books

  • Datta, R. (Ed.), (2021). Indigenous Reconciliation and Decolonization: Responsibility, Social Justice and Community Engagement. NY: Routledge.
  • Datta, R. (Ed.), (2020). Reconciliation in Practice: Cross-cultural Perspectives. Winnipeg, Canada: Fernwood Publishing.

Selected Refereed Journals

  • Datta, R. (2018). Clarifying the process of land-based research, and the role of researcher(s) and participants. Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics.
  • Datta, R. (2018) Rethinking environmental science education from indigenous knowledge perspectives: an experience with a Dene First Nation community, Environmental Education Research, 24:1, 50-66, DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2016.1219980
  • Datta, R. (2017). Decolonizing both research and researcher, and its effectiveness in Indigenous research. Research Ethics. (1-24),
  • Datta, R. (2017). Practice-based interdisciplinary approach and environmental research. Environments, 4(22); DOI: 10.3390/environments4010022         
  • Datta, R. (2016). Community garden: A bridging program between formal and informal learning. Journal of Cogent Education3. doi/pdf/10.1080/2331186X.2016.1177154
  • Anderson, V., Datta, R., Dyck, S., Kayira J., & McVittie, J. (2016). Meanings and implications of culture in sustainability education research. The Journal of Environmental Education, 47(1), 1-18, DOI: 10.1080/00958964.2015.105607
  • Datta, R. (2016). How to practice posthumanism in environmental learning: Experiences with North American and South Asian Indigenous CommunitiesThe IAFOR Journal of Education, 4(1). 52-67. To link to this article:
  • Datta, R. (2015). A relational theoretical framework and meanings of land, nature, and sustainability for research with Indigenous communities. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability20(1), 102-113. To link to this article:
  • Datta, R., Khyang, U. N., Khyang, H. K. P., Kheyang, H. A. P., Khyang, M. C., & Chapola, J., (2015). Participatory action research and researcher’s responsibilities: An experience with Indigenous community. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 18(6). DOI: 10.1080/13645579.2014.927492.