Philip Gain

Philip Gain

Director
Society for Environment and Human Development

Philip works on human rights and environmental issues in Bangladesh, combining investigative journalism with a systematic pursuit of policy change. His recent work with tea plantation laborers resulted in a landmark book, documentary film, and a photography exhibition and has drawn significant attention to the situation of a community of some 500,000 people treated as untouchables. His more than a decade of work with small ethnic communities is featured in a book, Survival on the Fringe: Adivasis of Bangladesh. He also recently edited two landmark books: The Chittagong Hill Tracts: Man-Nature Nexus Torn and Energy Challenges and Phulbari Crisis. Philip’s lifelong mission to promote investigative reporting takes him close to the ground on climate change issues, the serious consequences of inappropriate pesticide use, natural farming, monoculture, mining, and small ethnic communities struggling to protect their land. He is also an adjunct faculty member at private universities in Dhaka.

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