Sukanya Saikia
PhD Researcher

Sukanya Saikia is a PhD researcher at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research focuses on water energy nexus in the waste water treatment facilities and modelling it under climate change scenarios and demographics. She graduated with a B.Sc. Honors in Chemistry from Miranda House, University of Delhi, India in 2011. Following this, she post graduated with a M.Sc degree in Geoinformatics from The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, India. Her diverse educational background reflects in her diverse research experience but with an underlying focus on spatial analysis and climate change. She has three and a half years of work experience in three different organizations; National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR) as a Research Assistant, Tocklai Tea Research Institute (TTRI) as a Junior Research Fellow, and World Resources Institute (WRI) as a Research Consultant. The research topics she worked upon in NIMR includes a district level analysis of malaria risks in the context to climate change in India, an element of Health GIS, an evidence based assessment of biophysical determinants of malaria in the north eastern states of India and develop a framework for adaptation measures of malaria under climate change scenario. In TTRI, she worked on a project entitled “Climate-smartening Assam’s tea plantation landscapes: Defining socio-ecological ‘safe spaces’ for future sustainability”, which was a collaborative effort between TTRI and the University of Southampton. Her work involved finding out the climate variables that have maximum impact on tea yield, various stakeholder interactions from big plantation managers to small tea growers and tea garden workers, and build a decision support system which includes adaptation techniques and ways to adopt climate smart agriculture. Her work was published as a paper titled “Observing climate impacts on tea yield in Assam, India”. Just before joining NUI Galway in July as a PhD researcher, she worked in WRI on identifying, accessing and spatially analyzing datasets for landscape restoration with emphasis on climate adaptation and mitigation. Apart from that, you’ll find her writing blogs, reading a novel or travelling around making new friends!

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