New Book by Dr Camelia Dewan

Misreading the Bengal Delta: Climate Change, Development & Livelihoods in Coastal Bangladesh



Camelia is an environmental anthropologist focusing on the anthropology of development with a historical perspective.

She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology (SAI), University of Oslo where she is ethnographically examining shipbreaking in Bangladesh for the Norwegian Research Council-funded project (Dis)Assembling the Life Cycle of Container Ships.

Prior to joining SAI, Camelia lectured in Environmental Anthropology and Political Ecology as well as Development Studies at Stockholm University. She obtained her PhD in Social Anthropology and Environment from the University of London in 2017. Her doctoral work consisted of intercollegiate and interdisciplinary collaboration between the Department of History and the Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies (Birkbeck College) and the Department of Social Anthropology (SOAS) under the supervision of Prof. David Mosse (SOAS), Prof. Sunil Amrith (Yale University), and Penny Vera-Sanso (Birkbeck College). Her thesis was awarded the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Sutasoma Award and passed examination without corrections. 

Prior to her PhD, Camelia worked at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). She holds an MSc Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (Distinction) and an MA (Honours) International Relations from the University of Edinburgh (First Class). 


Current Research

Shipbreaking and Toxicity in the Fluid Commons of Southeast Coastal Bangladesh