Dr. Samir K. Doshi
Specialization: Environmental Science and Ecology
Home institution in US: Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Host Institution in India: Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada       
Start date/Month in India: TBD
Duration of grant: 4 months

Brief Bio:
Dr. Samir K. Doshi is the Sustainability Postdoctoral Fellow at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada and an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Vermont’s Gund Institute for Ecological Economics in the U.S. His work explores the relationships between people and place as a complex adaptive system through the fields of sustainability science, community development economics, systems ecology and regenerative ecological design.

From an interdisciplinary and systemic approach, Dr. Doshi’s research predominantly focuses on transitioning adverse communities and degraded landscapes to just, sustainable and resilient economies. In 2008, Dr. Doshi’s work on designing carbon neutral economies in Appalachian coalfield communities contributed to the award-winning model for the Buckminster Fuller Design Challenge. Dr. Doshi’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, BBC and other news outlets.

Dr. Doshi has been a fellow of the Santa Fe Institute, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Center for Whole Communities and several other programs. He serves on several local, national and international boards and committees. Dr. Doshi has co-authored over 15 papers, reports and book chapters and has been a guest speaker at Yale University, Harvard University, University of California at Berkeley, the Indian School of Mines, Gujarat Vidyapith University and several other institutions around the world.

Dr. Doshi’s Fulbright research project proposes a new collaborative methodology to help develop resilient and sustainable communities in the rural villages of India, utilizing the tools of ecological restoration, social innovation and entrepreneurship. Rural Indian villages have a rich cultural history and have interacted with their environment on many scales and levels. As the nation undergoes a large period of growth, a vast amount of natural resources are being extracted resulting in an increasing amount of degraded landscapes and low-income communities. This project will evaluate how alternative technologies developed through social innovation and entrepreneurship could sustain a resilient economy for these low-income communities.