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 and other excluded communities of Bangladesh resulted in a landmark book, documentary film, and a number of photography exhibitions and has drawn significant attention to the situation of some 4.5 million people who are among the extremely poor people of Bangladesh. His more than two decades of work with the indigenous peoples and the excluded communities is featured in a book, Survival on the Fringe: Adivasis of Bangladesh, Slaves In These Times: Tea Communities of Bangldesh, Lower Depths: Little-Known Ethnic Communities of Bangladesh, and On the Margins: Images of Tea Workers and Ethnic Communities. He also recently co-authored and 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 indigenous peoples struggling to protect their land. He is also an adjunct faculty member at a private university in Dhaka.