Forests and trees generate a range of ecosystem services that are direct sources of food, energy
Ronju has a Bachelor of Forestry degree from Chittagong University of Bangladesh and a Masters degree in Ecosystems, Governance and Globalisation from Stockholm Resilience Centre of Stockholm University in Sweden. His research interests are in contemporary development approaches to natural resource management with a particular focus on synergies and trade-offs of biodiversity conservation with livelihoods at the community and ecosystem levels and application of resilience and transformation concepts in dynamic social-ecological systems.
Before commencing his PhD with RIEL, Ronju worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bangladesh on Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change through Coastal Afforestation project. He supported activities to build partnerships between local government agencies and communities for collaborative land uses in coastal areas and monitoring of mangrove plantations and income-generating livelihood practices. Ronju also contributed to knowledge management of the project through developing case study information, fact sheets and stories on the adaptation lessons for dissemination within Bangladesh and abroad.
In the past two years, Ronju actively led a field survey in Chittagong Hill Tracts region of Bangladesh supported by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE). He conducted qualitative and quantitative surveys at rural households, forest and agriculture farms across land use intensification gradient. He is familiar with interdisciplinary research approaches, mixed method research design, surveys and data analysis. Ronju has published articles and book chapters on forest and land use changes, coastal livelihoods and presented his work at several international conferences held in Mexico, Africa, Norway, Germany and the UK.