Vikrom Mathur

Vikrom Mathur

Title: SEI Associate

Role: Associated with SEI Stockholm

Expertise: climate change adaptation; sociology of science about nature; dynamics between science, knowledge and public policy

Centre: SEI Associates

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    Dr. Vikrom Mathur was a Research Fellow at SEI Stockholm and Bangkok until 2012. He is currently an SEI Associate based in India.

    Dr. Mathur has close to 15 years of professional experience, straddling research and policy advice, at the interface of societal change and adaptation to environmental risks. His diverse research interests include: environmental decision-making under ‘uncertainty’ (particularly in relation to climate adaptation); social and cultural perceptions of environmental risk; dynamics between science and public policy; political and social context of scientific knowledge about Nature; Cultural Theory; and future studies. He received his Doctorate of Philosophy degree from Oxford University, Institute for Science, Society and Innovation in 2012. The focus of his research was on institutional frameworks for climate adaptation decision making around the Tonle Sap Lake of Cambodia. His research explores how ‘myths of nature’ frame plural narratives about adaptation to climate change in Cambodia.

    Vikrom has undertaken consultancy assignments for various multilateral and bilateral development agencies. His areas of consultancy expertise include: institutional analysis; climate adaptation science and policy; vulnerability assessments; public participation in scientific assessments; disaster risk management and design and facilitation of interlinked scientific assessments and policy processes. He has worked in over ten different countries but his focus has been on the Mekong Region: Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and the Yunnan province of China. He led the development of a Strategic Environmental Framework for the Asian Development Bank’s program for economic integration in the Mekong. He led the establishment of a collaborative research and knowledge network in the Mekong region (SUMERNET). He is amongst the lead authors of the vulnerability chapter of United Nations Environment Programs Global Environmental Outlook 2004.

    After fifteen years, in 2012, he left his Research Fellow position at the Stockholm Environment Institute to setup the Centre for Science in Society (CS2) in India. CS2 conducts policy research and cultivates public discourse at the interface of science, technology and society.

    He received Bachelors in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from McGill University, Canada and Masters in Regional Planning from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. Vikrom describes himself as an environmental scientist and a sociologist of science and strives to deploy his ‘undisciplined’ thinking and multidisciplinary perspective to think ‘out of the box’ about complex environmental policy challenges.


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