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Air Pollution Observation Analyst,
Water and Air
My work as an air pollution observation analyst involves setting up air quality monitoring stations and conducting field campaigns in the region to study air pollution and health-related issues. I also develop and administer questionnaire-based surveys on household air pollution, energy and health; conduct regular trainings, conferences and workshops; and mentor MD and PhD level researchers.
Parth Sarathi Mahapatra
How do you protect the pulse of the planet?
My work generates good science-based evidence on air pollution issues prevalent in the HKH that is of utmost importance for the region and the globe and that can prompt appropriate action by policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders, thus I feel that my work plays a vital role in protecting the pulse of the planet.
What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?
I love working with a strong group of interdisciplinary researchers at ICIMOD.
What are you passionate about?
Though it keeps changing from time to time but at present I am passionate about researching air pollution issues across the HKH. I also like learning about the different languages and cultures in the region.
I have nine years of experience in the field of air pollution studies, having done extensive work in India, Nepal and Bhutan. I completed my Bachelors of Science in Zoology (Honours) from Ravenshaw University, India followed by a Master of Science in Environment Management from the Forest Research Institute, India. My education at both these places instilled in me a sense of responsibility towards environmental protection and set me on a quest to understand more about the environment and creating appropriate awareness. In searching for a PhD programme that would give me an edge in understanding the problems and provide me a global platform to work with researchers across the globe, I enrolled in a Ph.D programme in Science from the Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research at the CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, India. There, I designed and executed field campaigns for understanding air pollution issues at an urban coastal site; networked with regional and national government officials, and academic and research institutions to build effective collaborations; and mentored BSc and MSc level researchers. From there, I got an opportunity to join a a PhD fellowship programme with ICIMOD and then a full time job with the organization.