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Nandan Mukherjee

Post Doctoral Research and Communication Specialist, UNESCO Centre for Water Law Policy and Science, University of Dundee

Nandan Mukherjee has more than 20 years of academic and professional experience in water and environmental management, with a focus on risk and human resilience. He has a PhD from the University of Dundee titled 'A study of water hazard-related loss and damage in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna River basin.' He is currently employed at the University of Dundee's UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy, and Science. He is also an adjunct professor at BRAC University in Bangladesh, where he has worked since 2011 as an Assistant Professor and Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER). He holds a BSc (Civil Engineering) and an MSc (Water Resources) degree, as well as an MBA from Bangladesh's premier university, the University of Dhaka.
He has a proven track record as a researcher, having led over 40 projects as project or task manager and contributing significantly to another 19. His background includes research design, project management, quantitative analysis, and analytical synthesis, all of which were completed within strict time and budgetary constraints. In recognition of his abilities, he was appointed as one of the youngest Directors within BRAC, the world's largest non-governmental organisation. He was also in charge of grant applications, workflow management, annual budgeting, compliance reporting, and managing suppliers and subcontractors in multiple concurrent research projects.
Nandan has extensive experience with stakeholder engagement and participatory approaches to community-based research in relation to social vulnerability, risk analysis, and adaptation planning, as well as expertise in numerical modelling (e.g. SWAT, Deflt3D, HEC-RAS), multivariate statistics (R & SPSS), and qualitative analysis (NVivo). His academic maturity is demonstrated by his publication record, which includes peer-reviewed journal papers (5), book chapters (4), and international conferences (14). He also served as the primary author on 13 technical and research reports.
He has served as a negotiator in the UN COP process, including as a national representative on loss and damage in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – yet another clear example of experience, esteem, and the ability to manage difficult relationships in a collaborative context with internal/external stakeholders. He possesses strong leadership and delegation abilities, but his style is intensely collaborative and collegiate. Finally, in terms of broader communications, he is a sophisticated exponent, as evidenced by his recent receipt of the UN's Risk Award 2019 for the project he conceived and delivered on the design of flood resilient floating homes in Bangladesh. This project's social media engagement has been viewed over 6 million times in Bangladesh and abroad, and it has been featured in multiple media outlets, including the BBC.


  • –present
    PhD candidate, Geography and Environmental Science, University of Dundee


United Nation's Risk Awardee