Dr. Monjit Borthakur

Dr. Monjit Borthakur

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. : Gauhati University

Research Interests:

Ecology and Environment ,Remote Sensing and GIS
Date of Joining : Jul 22, 2020

Phone: +91 98641 74586
Email: monjit.borthakur@cottonuniversity.ac.in

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EDUCATION: My basic education was in SDVN, Nagaon and Cotton College, Guwahati (Science stream) with graduation from Nowgong College, Nagaon, Assam. I completed my Post-graduation (M.Sc) from Gauhati University, Guwahati in the year 2007.

I have been awarded the degree for Doctor of Philosophy by Gauhati University for my doctoral thesis “The heat is on: Estimating the urban heat island effect in Greater Guwahati area, Assamin the year 2017.

WORK EXPERIENCE: Upon completion of post-graduation (2007), I was absorbed as a Technical Officer (GIS/RS) in En-Geo Consultancy & Research Centre, Guwahati and worked for the organisation for two years. In 2009, I joined OKD Institute of Social Change and Development (OKDISCD), Guwahati (a Research Institute of ICSSR and Govt. of Assam) as Junior Research Fellow.

During my tenure in OKDISCD, I was appointed as an Assistant Professor in 2013. I was engaged in several Research and Capacity Development activities across the North-eastern States during my service at the Institute.


  1. 12 week course on "Remote Sensing & GIS – Technology and Application" at National Remote Sensing Agency, Huderabad (Dept. of Space, Govt. of India) in 2008
  2. Environment and Natural Resource Economics” organized by South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE), Kathmandu Nepal from 02 – 20 May, 2011 in Asian Institute of Technology, Pathumthani, Thailand.
  3.  “Cost Benefit Analysis” organized by South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE), Kathmandu Nepal from 06-08 December, 2013 in Kathmandu, Nepal.
  4. Research Methods” organized by South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE), Kathmandu Nepal from 14 – 24 January, 2013 in Kavre, Nepal.
  5. IICA Certified Trainer in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)” by Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Govt. of India in 2014.



  1. Geospatial Technologies
  2. Environmental Economics
  3. Software include ArcGIS, ERDAS IMAGINE, STATA, R, SPSS



  1. Ecology and Environment
  2. Remote Sensing and GIS


  1. Assistant Professor, OKD Institute of Social Change and Development, Guwahati Assam (2013-2020)
  2. Assistant Professor, Cotton University, Department of Geography (22-07-2020 onwards)


Research Projects

Major Research Projects (Completed)

  1. Baseline Survey in Minority Concentrated Blocks/Towns of Assam under MSDP, sponsored by Dept. of Minority Welfare, Govt. of Assam (Rs. 4.165 Cr.), period (March 2017 – March 2018), Completed as Co-PI
  2. Verification of Cleanliness of Villages in the Districts of Assam, sponsored by PHED (Sanitation), Govt. of Assam (Rs.7.15 lakhs), period (December 2016 – February 2017), Completed as PI           
  3. Supporting the CSR endeavours of North Eastern Electric Power Cooperation (NEEPCO) Ltd., sponsored by NEEPCO (total Rs.36.0 lakhs), Shillong, period (2016-2017 & 2017-18), Completed as PI
  4. Village Level Facility Mapping and District Decision Support System, sponsored by UNICEF, Assam field office (Rs. 27.45 lakhs), period (July 2014- December 2014), Completed as PI
  5. ‘Does urban greenery reduce the cost of cooling homes?’, study sponsored by SANDEE, Kathmandu, Nepal (Rs. 8.25 lakhs), period (September 2012 – August 2014), Completed as PI
  6. Evaluation of Backward Regions Grant Fund, Assam (2015), sponsored by SIRD, Assam (Rs. 10.62 lakhs), period (March 2013 – December 2014), completed as RA
  7. ‘Vision Jorhat 2025’ Preparation of Vision Document and Perspective Plan for Jorhat District, Assam, sponsored by UNICEF, Assam field office (Rs. 9.77 lakhs), period (May 2012 – February 2014), completed as RA

Research paper publications till 2021


2020     Swelter in the city: Urban greenery and its effects on temperature in Guwahati, India. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 41.3 (2020): 341-366. (1st Author)

2020     Aboveground biomass estimation and carbon stock assessment along a topographical gradient in the forests of Manipur, Northeast India. Arabian Journal of Geosciences 13 (2020): 1-16. (Co Aouthor)

2019     Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan: Findings from an Empirical Analysis, Social Change and Development, XVI (1), pp. 130-144. (1st Author)

2018     Ecology, Economy and Society: the three pillars of Development. [Review of the book Felix Padel, Ajay Dandekar & Jeemol Unni. (2013). Ecology Economy: Quest for a Socially Informed Connection. New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan]. Social Change and Development, XV(2), pp. 117-121. (Sole Author)

2014     Operation of Backward Regions Grant Fund in Assam: Decentralised Planning or Populist Strategy? Social Change and Development, XI(2), pp. 99–108. (Sole Author)



Other Article:

2020     Nature-Society Relation – a Critical Interrogation, TIME8 News (https://www.time8.in/nature-societty-relation-a-critical-interrogation/)

2018     ‘Deshar Prastabita Ban Niti aru Khilonjiya Lukor Bhabishyat’, Amar Asom (Assamese Daily), 10 May, p. 4


Book publication relating subject/research concerned

Study Report:

2018     Evaluation of Swachh Vidyalya Abhiyan, study conducted under the impact evaluation of CSR initiatives of NHPC Ltd.

2017     ‘CSR & Sustainability: Evaluation Report of NEEPCO initiatives 2014-15; 2015-16 & 2017-18, study conducted under the impact evaluation of CSR initiatives of North Eastern Electric Power Corporation 

2014     ‘Evaluation of Backward Regions Grant Fund, Assam (2010-12)’, study conducted for State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) Assam

2014     District Facility Atlas, Kamrup & Dibrugarh districts of Assam, study conducted in collaboration with UNICEF, Assam

2013     ‘Vision Jorhat 2025’ Preparation of Vision Document and Perspective Plan for Jorhat District, Assam

Chapters/Articles publications in Books (Research Oriented)


2012     Development vs. Nature: A Critical Appraisal of Eco-Sensitive Zones and Green Belts of Guwahati Metropolitan Area. In V. Singh & R. Kumari (Eds.), Demographic Challenges and Regional Disparities in India (1st ed., pp. 520–532). New Delhi: Global Books Organization. ISBN 978-93-80570-30-3

Research Scholars

Sl.No Name Research Topic Roll No
1 Ananya Saikia Fluvial Geomorphology
3 Ratumoni Das Agro-climate