Ratnajit Saha

Ratnajit Saha is a Senior Research Associate at RED. He has started his research career with Sustainable Arsenic Mitigation (SASMIT) - an international action research project in collaboration with NGO Forum for Public Health, Bangladesh and KTH-Royal Institute of   Technology, Stockholm, Sweden and then moved to the Research and Evaluation Division (RED) of BRAC, Bangladesh in October 2011. Around 8 years professional experience in the field of Water, Climate, Geographic Information System (GIS) and Social Science issues with the background of Environmental Science in graduated study. Have computer skills with advanced level knowledge on different “Environmental Research” software and strong background in environmental research design, instrument development, training of interviewer, quality ensuring in data collection, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, report writing, seminar presentation at both national and international level. Published research reports and contributed in journals and books/reports at home and abroad.

Personal data

Name: Ratnajit Saha

Address: 75 Mohakhai, BRAC Centre, Dhaka-1212

Telephone: 88 02 9881265 (Ext. 3727) Cell: +88-01819827956

E-mail address: Ratnajit.sa[at]brac.net

Nationality: Bangladeshi

Gender: Male

Marital Status: Unmarried

 

Education

 

M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences (2007), JahangirnagarUniversity, Dhaka, Bangladesh

B.S.S (Hons.) in Environmental Science (2006),Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

H.S.C in Science (1998),Narsingdi Govt. College, Narsingdi, Dhaka board, Bangladesh

S.S.C in Science (1996), Brahmondi K.K.M. Govt. High School, Narsingdi, Dhaka board, Bangladesh

 

Work experiences

 

Date: October 2011- present

Position: Senior Research Associate

Employer: BRAC

Type of business: Non-profit organization/NGO

Area of work: Research and evaluation in Environmental Research

Major responsibilities: Research report preparation; study proposal designing and conducting;Research tools preparation, data collection, data analysis; GIS based data analysis and GIS mapping; presentation preparation and result dissemination

 

 

Date: June 2008- October 2011

Position: Research Officer [Sustainable Arsenic Mitigation (SASMIT)]

Employer: NGO Forum for Public Health, Dhaka, Bangladesh & KTH-Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden 

Type of business: An International Action Research Project

Area of work: Action Research and implementation

Major responsibilities: Research tools preparation; data collection and data analysis; hydrological

investigation and implementation; result dissemination

 

Publications

 

Journal (peer reviewed)

 

  • Ratnajit Saha (2016). Historical Analysis of Climate Variability and Groundwater Table (1967-2014) in the Coastal Region of Bangladesh. (Prepared to submit – Environment)

 

  • Mohammad Abdul Malek, Tahsina Naz Khan, Nicolas Gerber, Ratnajit Saha and Ikhtiar Mohammad (2016). Can a specially designed information intervention around the WASH-agriculture linkages make any difference? Experimental evidence of behavioral changes and health impacts. (Prepared to submit - World Development)

 

  • Ratnajit Saha and Nepal C. Dey (2016). Assessing fluctuation of climatic parameters in the coastal region of Bangladesh: A historical perspective. Journal of Environmental Science and Development (IJESD, ISSN: 2012-0264) (Accepted)

 

  • Nepal Chandra Dey, Sujit Kumar Bala, AKM Saiful Islam and Ratnajit Saha (2016). Sustainability of Groundwater Use for Irrigation of Dry-Season Crops in Northwest Bangladesh. Groundwater for Sustainable Development (submitted on June 11, 2016)

 

  • Hossain M, Rahman SN, Bhattacharya P, Jacks G, Saha R and Rahman M (11 May 2015). Sustainability of

arsenic mitigation interventions—an evaluation of different alternative safe drinking water options provided in Matlab, an arsenic hot spot in Bangladesh. Front. Environ. Sci. 3:30

(http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2015.00030)

 

  • Nepal Dey, Ratnajit Saha, M. Aminul Islam and Md. Anwar Iqbal (July 2012). Assessing land-use Change and Land Degradation in Bangladesh. Stamford Journal of Environment and Human Habitat (SJEHH). Vol. 1, Pp. 60-70

 

  • Mahfuza S. Sultana, M. Shahidul Islam, Ratnajit Saha and Al-Mansur M.A. (2009). Impact of the effluents of Textile dyeing Industries on the surface water quality inside D.N.D. Embankment, Narayanganj. Bangladesh Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research. Vol. 44(1), Pp. 65-80. Available online at: banglajol.info (http://www.banglajol.info/index.php/BJSIR/article/view)

 

  • Ahmed, D. A. Chowdhury, R. Saha, M. K. Uddin, M. N. Abser, M. R. Islam, M. Kabir, J. U. Ahmad (December 2007). Impact Assessment of Industrial Effluents: A Case Study of Surface Water Connected Disposal Sites of Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ). Jahangirnagar University Journal of Science. Vol. 30, No.2, pp.19-29 (http://www.juniv.edu/faculty_science/journal.php)

 

Working paper

 

  • Malek, Mohammad Abdul and Hossain, MD Amzad and Saha, Ratnajit and Gatzweiler, Franz W., (June 1, 2013). Mapping Marginality Hotspots and Agricultural Potentials in Bangladesh. ZEF Working Paper Series (No. 144) ISSN 1864-6638, Department of Political and Cultural Change, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany

Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2298663 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2298663

 

Monograph/Research Reports

 

  • Mohammad Abdul Malek, Tahsina Naz Khan, Nicolas Gerber, Ratnajit Saha, and Ikhtiar Mohammad (April 2016). Can a specially designed information intervention around the WASH-agriculture linkages make any difference? Experimental evidence of behavioral changes and health impacts, ZEF – Discussion Papers on Development Policy No. 213, Center for Development Research, Bonn, Germany, pp. 45 (Available at: zef.de)

 

  • Nepal C. Dey, Tahera Akter, Ratnajit Saha and Mahmood Parvez (2016). Impact of BRAC WASH Programme’s Implementation Services and Sustainability: Studies from 2007 to 2015. Research Monograph (Accepted). Research and Evaluation Division, BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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  • Nepal C Dey, Sujit K Bala, AKM Saiful Islam, Ratnajit Saha, Ahsan A Shopan and Abdur Rashid (2015). Environmental and Economic Sustainability of Groundwater for Irrigation: Implications for Ensuring Food Security in the Northwest Region of Bangladesh. Research Monograph Series No. 62. BRAC Research and Evaluation Division, BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

  • Nepal Chandra Dey, Ratnajit Saha and Anindita Bhattacharjee (2014). Food Security, Water Productivity and Poverty - Comparative study between India (West Bengal) and Bangladesh (Southwest Region). Research Report. International Water Management Institute (IWMI), New Delhi, India and Research and Evaluation Division, BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh (under publication)

 

  • Dey NC, Islam AKM, Bala SK, Shopan A, and Saha R (2015). Estimation of ET using remote sensing information and empirical model. Research Monograph (Accepted). Research and Evaluation Division, BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh (Under publication)

 

  • Dey NC, Bala SK, Islam AKM, and Saha R (2015). Review of national and international policies for sustainable use of water resources. Research Report. Research and Evaluation Division, BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh (under publication)

 

  • Dey NC and Saha R (2013). Case studies and best practices research on empowering women through clean cookstove project in Bangladesh. Research Report. Research and Evaluation Division, BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh (under publication)

 

Conference proceedings/abstracts

 

  • Ratnajit Saha and Nepal C Dey (2016). Investigating high dependent drinking water sources contamination and health risk of mass population: A case study in the coastal area of Bangladesh. International Conference on Environmental Health and Safety, Meliá Valencia, Valencia, Spain on October 24-25, 2016 (http://environmentalhealth.conferenceseries.com/)

 

  • Ratnajit Saha and Nepal C Dey (2016). Assessing Drinking Water Quality at High Dependent Sources: Case Study in the Coastal Region Bangladesh. International Conference Proceedings on Environmental Science and Technology, American Academy of Science, Houston, Texas, USA, June 6-10, 2016. http://www.aasci.org/conference/env/2016

 

  • Ratnajit Saha (2016). Climate Variability and Groundwater Table in the Coastal Region of Bangladesh: A Chronological Analysis. International Conference Proceedings on Environmental Science and Technology, American Academy of Science, Houston, Texas, USA, June 6-10, 2016

(http://www.aasci.org/conference/env/2016)

 

  • Nepal C Dey, Ratnajit Saha and Mahmood Parvez (2016). Exposure to Drinking Arsenic, Iron and Salinity Contaminated Water in the Coastal Area of Bangladesh: A Pilot Study in Tala Union of Satkhira District. International Conference Proceedings on Environmental Science and Technology, American Academy of Science, Houston, Texas, USA, June 6-10, 2016 (http://www.aasci.org/conference/env/2016)

 

  • Ratnajit Saha and Nepal Dey (2016). Analysis of Climate Variability (1948 – 2014) in the Coastal Region of Bangladesh. International Special Conference Proceedings on Coastal and Marine Environment of Bangladesh (SCCMEB), BAPA BEN, January 2016, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

  • Nepal Dey, Ratnajit Saha, Mahmood Parvez, Milan K Barua and Akramul Islam (2016). Willingness to Pay for Safe Drinking Water in the Coastal Area of Bangladesh: A Pilot Syudy in Tala Union, Satkhira. International Special Conference Proceedings on Coastal and Marine Environment of Bangladesh (SCCMEB), BAPA BEN, January 2016, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

  • Malek, M. A., Saha, R., Chowdhury, P., Khan, T.N., Ikhtiar, M. (2015). Water quality information, WATSAN-agriculture hygiene messages and water testing with school students: Experimental evidence for behavioral changes in Bangladesh. Proceedings of International Association of Agricultural Economists 2015 Conference, August 9-14, 2015, Milan, Italy (http://ageconsearch.umn.edu//handle/211681)

 

  • Nepal C. Dey, Ratnajit Saha, Sujit k. Bala, AKM Saiful Islam, Nur A. Khondaker and Mohammad Najmul Islam (2013). Influence of climate change and river water level on the fluctuation of groundwater table in the Bogra district of Bangladesh. Abstract paper in the International Conference on Water Resources in South Asia: Conflict to Cooperation (IC WRSA CC) Dhaka, Bangladesh, Pp. 34-8. Organized by BAPA-BEN, Dhaka, Bangladesh on January 4-5, 2013

 

  • Nepal C. Dey, Ratnajit Saha, Sujit K. Bala, AKM Saiful Islam, Shahe Alam and Nur A. Khondaker (2012). Effect of climate change on groundwater table in Rajshahi district of Bangladesh. Abstract paper in the 1st National Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA): Local to National, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Organized by ARCAB and BCAS Dhaka, Bangladesh on April 8-9, 2012

 

  • Ahmad Kamruzzaman Majumder, Abu Jafor Chowdhury, Md. Nurul Islam, Md. Eftekhar Hossain, Md. Iqbal Sarwar and Ratnajit Saha (2008). A study on water quality parameters of Karnafully river of Bangladesh. ASSESS-HKH: Proceedings of the Scientific Conference on Rivers in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya-Ecology & Environmental Assessment, Kathmandu, Nepal, Pp. 171-178 on March 3-7, 2008

 

  • Ratnajit Saha and Mahfuza S. Sultana (August 2006). Analysis of Trace Element in the Effluent of DEPZ (old): Special Emphasis on Textile and Dyeing Industries. Abstract paper in the National Seminar on Status of Environment and Environmental Education in Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Pp. 33. Organized by Bangladesh Society of Environmental Scientist (BSES) on August 16, 2006

 

Newspaper

 

  • Bipanno Paribesh O Pranner Ashtitta- Ratnajit Saha, Vorer Shishir (A monthly paper),

1/5, Nurjahan Road, Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207. Volume 17, pp 42. & Vol 19, pp 54-55

 

  1. Sc Thesis

Impact of the effluents of Textile dyeing industries on the water quality of D.N.D. Embankment area, Narayanganj. M.Sc (Graduate) degree completion course work, Department of Environmental Sciences, Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka and Bangladesh Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (BCSIR), Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

  1. Sc (Honors) Project Work

Analysis of Trace Element in the Effluent of DEPZ (old): Special Emphasis on Textile and Dyeing Industries. Under Graduate degree completion course work, Department of Environmental Sciences, Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

 

Professional Research Work and Academic Thesis Supervision

 

  • Internship Research Report title: “Status of Food Security, Climate Change Perception and Adaptation Strategies: Comparison between Semi-dry and Wetland areas in Southwest Bangladesh” by Dana Ansberga, Master Student in Human Security, Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark. & Young Professional, IUCN, Bangladesh Country Office, Banani,Dhaka.

 

  • Sc. Thesis title: Assessing Trend of groundwater Table and Groundwater Suitability for Irrigation Purposes in Northwest Region (Godagari Upazila of Rajshahi District) Bangladesh, by Md. Safiqul Islam, M. Sc. Thesis, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka.

 

  • Sc. Project Report title: Influence of Climate variability on Groundwater Table Fluctuation in the South-East Region of Bangladesh, by Md. Jamal Uddin, B.Sc (Hons.) Project report, Department of Environmental Sciences, Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka.