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 workers that resulted in a landmark book, a documentary film, and a photography exhibition has drawn significant attention to the captive situation of a community of some 500,000 people treated as untouchables. His decade-and-a-half long work with small ethnic communities has recently been published in a 630 page book, Survival on the Fringe: Adivasis of Bangladesh, of which he is the editor. His recently edited two landmark books are: The Chittagong Hill Tracts: Man-Nature Nexus Torn (368 pages) and Energy Challenges and Phulbari Crisis (242 pages). 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.