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Dr Atanu Sarkar
School of Environmental Studies
Queen's University

Biosciences Complex, Room 3134
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Tel: +1 613 449 9455
Fax: +1 613 533 6090
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Atanu Sarkar is a public health physician specialized in social and environmental epidemiology. After completing graduation in medicine (MBBS), Atanu Sarkar did his Masters in Community Health and PhD in social epidemiology of arsenic poisoning of groundwater in West Bengal (India) from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Currently he is pursuing second masters in Environmental studies in Queen's University, Kingston, Canada. His research topic is The Impact of Agricultural Practices on Environmental Health: A Comparative Analysis in India. He is also core team member of employment condition and health dimension (a subgroup of Commission of Social Determinants of Health) of World Health Organization, Geneva. Prior to his current assignment, he has served in various public health programs and researches in India and Ethiopia. His future areas of interest are conducting research on development,  agriculture, climate change and adverse health outcomes linkages.

Dr Sarkar recommends:

Jean Lebel (2003), Health – an ecosystem approach, International Development Research Centre, Canada.

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Dr Sarkar has authored

Sarkar, A. (2007) 'Participatory Governance and Inter-sector Coordination for Sustainable Solutions of Arsenic Contamination of Ground Water in India: An Explorative Study', in European Conferences on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, 24 – 26 May, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Around 9 million people living in India are at risk by consuming arsenic contaminated water. While several technological solutions have failed to address the problem, suffering of the people has increased over the period. The study aims to find out the solutions, which are effective, feasible, locally acceptable, and ecologically appropriate. Data were collected through in-depth study, focus group and informal discussion from the households of arsenic affected villages and by review of literature, policy documents, interaction with concerned authorities and technical experts. The study shows that the current policies need collective thinking, community participation and bottom-up action to deliver effective sustainable solution.

Willing to be mentor to Sustainability Science Fellows
This Network Member is classified within these Core Themes:
Asia and Pacific
Gender Equality
Global Partnerships
Health and Environment
Poverty and Hunger
Regional (Subnational)
Water and Sanitation
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