Philip Gain works on human rights and environmental issues in Bangladesh, combining investigative journalism with a systematic pursuit of policy change. The outputs of his research and investigations–books, monographs, special reports, documentary films, and photographic works are widely used as readings in general and in classrooms. He is also an adjunct faculty member at a private university in Dhaka where he teaches environmental communication, development communication, and advanced reporting. With a number of reporting guides and resource books he has authored and edited he also teaches working journalists skills of in-depth reporting.
For the past decade his work with tea plantation workers, indigenous peoples, and other excluded communities of Bangladesh has resulted in a great number of landmark books, monographs, many investigative reports, documentary films, and a number of photography exhibitions and has drawn significant attention to the situation of some 6 million people who are among the extremely poor people of Bangladesh.