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Dr. Subham Mukherjee

Subham Mukherjee

Arbeitsbereich Pof. Dr. B. Schütt

Malteserstr. 74-100, Haus H
Raum H 124
12249 Berlin
(+49 30) 838 - 458711
  • Name:                                           Subham Mukherjee
  • E-mail:                                          subham.m@fu-berlin.de

  • Research Areas:                         Sustainability, Water Security and Holistic Thinking

  • Skills
    • Sustainability (Earth and Environment) Sciences
    • Mainstreaming Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in research
    • Scientific writing and content editing
    • Critical and holistic thinking
    • Design and developing research
    • Verbal & Non-verbal Communication
    • Outreach & Social Media Handling
    • Steering Collaborations



  •  Education:

Degree (Discipline)



DAAD-PhD (Physical Geography)

Freie Universität Berlin, Germany


Erasmus Mundus M.Sc. (Ecohydrology)

Christian Albrecht University of Kiel, Germany


M.Sc. (GIS for Catchment dynamics and Management)

School of Geography, University of Leeds, UK


M.Sc. (Remote Sensing & GIS)

University of Burdwan, India




  • Research Positions/Employment Experience :  
    15 years in industrial and academic R & D programs

Position & Organization

Research Theme/ Nature of Job/Role


Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Analyzing ecosystem services of urban parks and greens (under Einstein Research Unit Climate and Water under Change (CliWaC) project)

01/06/2023- Current

Director (Scientific Research and Education) at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Sustainability Research and Education (IISRE), New Delhi, India

Co-founder, Member of the Trustee Board and Director of IISRE

01/11/2022- Current

MINDSS Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Herta and Paul Amir Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Haifa, Israel

Comparative analyses of freshwater ecosystem services and adaptation strategies towards a sustainable water secured future for coastal urban areas


Postdoctoral Scientist for Physical Geography at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Comparative interdisciplinary assessment of water sensitive basin management in Germany and Israel


Doctoral Scientist for Physical Geography at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Interdisciplinary quantitative assessment of urban water security of a deltaic megacity in India


Research Scientist for Physical Geography at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Scientific Research and preparation of groundworks for PhD


Research Scientistfor Wetland Ecohydrology at the Capital Normal University, Beijing, P.R.China

Scientific Research and Teaching Assistantship for Master students

01/09/2014- 31/08/2016

Project Supervisorfor Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) Mapping of West Bengal Coastal Zones under Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF), Govt of India, Kolkata, India

Overseeing technical operations of Remote Sensing-GIS laboratory including training of laboratory stuffs and development and implementation of analytical and mapping methods


Teaching Assistant (Remote Sensing) at the Christian Albrecht University of Kiel, Germany

Research and teaching Master students of Remote Sensing


GIS-Remote Sensing Specialist at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Edinburgh, Scotland

Providing GIS input for restoration and management of various rivers projects


GIS Technician at Infotech (under the

Rural Payment Agency, Department of Environment, Forestry and Agriculture, Govt of England), Reading, England

Research and Development


Environmental Designer and GIS Specialist at the Leeds City Council, Leeds, England

Research and Development


Ambassador of Geography, Royal Geographic Society, London (Voluntary), England

Promoting Geographic knowledge sharing in Schools within England



  •    Accolades:

1.        MINDSS Postdoctoral Research Fellowship by the University of Haifa, Israel (2022-2023)

2.        Joint FUB-HUJI Postdoctoral Research Fellowship by Freie Universität Berlin and
           Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel (2021-2023)

3.        University of Kent’s Covid Recovery Fund for setting up a website to collect and disseminate
           research on water security in India and Bangladesh

4.        University Alliances for Sustainability Fellowship for Senior Research Mobility (2021)

5.        DAAD Full Scholarship to study PhD (2017-2020)

6.        Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Workshop grant (£30,000) by the University of
           Kent, UK (2019)

7.        Geo.X Network’s (Berlin and Potsdam) Travel and Research Stay grant (2018)

8.        Freie Universität Berlin’sGuest Scientist Scholarship (2016)

9.        Chinese Scholarship Council’s (CSC) Full Research Scholarship
           for research in China (2014-2016)

10.      UNESCO-Erasmus Mundus Full Scholarship to study MSc in Eco-Hydrology (2011-2013)

11.      National Scholarships from Govt. of India for both 10th and 12th Board Examinations,
           India (1996 & 1998)


  •  Academic-Stays abroad:






Research Positions

01/04/2022- 31/03/2023 


Higher Study and Research Positions

First Phase: 01/10/2012-30/04/2014

Second Phase: 01/10/2016- current

P.R. China

Higher Study and Research Position



Higher Study


United Kingdom

Higher Study, Research Positions


  • Academic Contributions (Published):

     Book Chapters (Peer Reviewed)

  1. Kar, S.; Gayek, J.; Khan, K.; Satpati, L.; Mukherjee, S. (2022). Achieving rural water security through traditional knowledge: a comprehensive appraisal of traditional water harvesting techniques used in dry lands of Purulia district, West Bengal, India. In: Panda, G.; Chatterjee, U.; Bandyopadhyay, N.; Diah Setiawati, M.; Banerjee, D. (Eds.). Indigenous Knowledge and Disaster Risk Reduction- Insight towards Perception, Response, Adaptation and Sustainability. Springer, Cham. (doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-26143-5_16).
  2. Mukherjee, S.; Sundberg, T.; Schütt, B. (2021). Issues, Dimensions and Approaches of Assessing Urban Water Security in Developing and Emerging Countries: An Inclusive Perspective. In: Sikdar P.K. (ed.). Environmental Management: Issues and Concerns in Developing Countries. Springer, Cham.(doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-62529-0_9)
  3. Mukherjee, S.; Kar, S.; Pal, S. (2021). Environmental Disaster Management and Risk Reduction. In: Sikdar P.K. (ed.). Environmental Management: Issues and Concerns in Developing Countries. Springer, Cham. (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-62529-0_11)
  4. Mukherjee, S; Sikdar, P.K.; Pal, S. (2021). Sustainable Governance of Groundwater as Drinking Water in the Post CoViD-19 World: An Urban Water Security Perspective. In:Kumar, M.; Vithanage, M.; Mohapatra, S.; Acharya, K.(eds.). Legacy, Pathogenic and Emerging Contaminants in the Environment. CRC Press. (eBook ISBN 9781003157465)


     Journal Publications (Peer Reviewed)

  1. Mukherjee, S., Sundberg, T. (2023). A transdisciplinary and collaborative urban water security framework: Developed through an interdisciplinary study in Kolkata, India. World Water Policy, 1–31. (doi: 10.1002/wwp2.12125)
  2. Brindha, K.; Taie Semiromi, M.; Boumaiza, L.; Mukherjee, S. (2023). Comparing Deterministic and Stochastic Methods in Geospatial Analysis of Groundwater Fluoride Concentration. Water, 15(9), 1707. (doi: 10.3390/w15091707)
  3. Mukherjee, S.; Sundberg, T.; Sikdar, P.K.; Schütt, B. (2022). An Integrated Quantitative Assessment of Urban Water Security of a Megacity in the Global South. Frontiers in Water, 4, 834239. (doi: 10.3389/frwa.2022.834239)
  4. Mukherjee, S.; Sikdar, P.K.; Pal, S.; Schütt, B. (2021). Assessment of Environmental Water Security of an Asian Deltaic Megacity and its Peri‐urban Wetland Areas. Sustainability, 13, 2772. (doi: 10.3390/su13052772)
  5. Acharyya, R.; Pramanick, N.; Mukherjee, S.; Ghosh, S.; Chanda, A.; Pal, I.; ... Mukhopadhyay, A. (2021). Evaluation of catchment hydrology and soil loss in non-perennial river system: a case study of Subarnarekha Basin, India. Modeling Earth Systems and Environment, 1-29. (doi: 10.1007/s40808-021-01231-3)
  6. Mukherjee, S.; Sundberg, T.; Schütt, B. (2020). Assessment of Water Security in Socially Excluded Areas in Kolkata, India: An Approach Focusing on Water, Sanitation and HygieneWater, 12, 746. (doi:10.3390/w12030746)
  7. Kar S, Sen E, Mukherjee S. (2020). A geospatial technique-based sitesuitability analysis for construction of water reservoirs in Arsha and Balarampur Blocks,Purulia. World Water Policy. 00:1–36. (doi.org/10.1002/wwp2.12021)
  8. Mukherjee, S.; Bebermeier, W.; Schütt, B. (2018). An Overview of the Impacts of Land Use Land Cover Changes (1980–2014) on Urban Water Security of Kolkata. Land, 7, 91. (doi: 10.3390/land7030091)
  9. Mukherjee, S. (2016). Review of the Role of Remote Sensing for Submarine Groundwater Discharge. New Water Policy and Practice Journal. 2:30-50. (doi: 10.18278/nwpp.2.1.4)
  10. Mukherjee, S. (2016). Influence of Discharge of River Daya in Chilika Lagoon: A Brief Study Using Mohid Simulation Model. Suresh Gyan Vihar University International Journal of Engineering and Technology. 2(2)-10-21. (ISSN: 2395‐0196)


     PhD Dissertation

  • Mukherjee, S. (2021). An Integrated Socio-Eco-Hydrological Framework to Assess and Evaluate Urban Water Security, PhD Thesis. Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.


     MSc Dissertations

  • Mukherjee, S. (2013). Location analysis of Submarine Groundwater Discharge: A Remote Sensing Approach, MSc Thesis. University of Kiel, Germany.
  • Mukherjee, S. (2009). Impact of urbanisation on river pollution: A Geospatial Approach. MSc thesis. University of Leeds, UK.
  • Mukherjee, S. (2006). Spatio-temporal effects of land use and land cover on urban freshwater bodies: a case study in Burdwan City, India. MSc thesis. University of Burdwan, India.


     Conference Papers & Presentations (Selected and Peer Reviewed)

  1. Mukherjee, S. (2023). Urban Water Security in India: Issues and Challenges for vulnerable communities in Post COVID World. International Webinar (February 8, 2023). Organized by Centre for Global Science and Epistemic Justice, University of Kent, UK.
  2. Mukherjee, S. & Zachariah, B. (2022). USSR-backed Developmental Projects in India and the Environment: A Case Study of the Calcutta (Kolkata) Metro Railway. Referat im Panel Environmental Protection in the Soviet Union and Russia: Breaks and Continuities [Panel #75]. 6th Swiss History Days, June 29–June 1 July 2022, University of Geneva, Switzerland. Abstract: https://www.geschichtstage.ch/referat/22/ussr-backed-developmental-projects-in-india-and-the-environment-a-case-study-of-the-calcutta-metro-railway
  3. Kar, S. & Mukherjee, S. (2021). An integrated assessment of water security in dry land area for a comprehensive rural development in Purulia, India. Conf 1325: Narratives of water and water security. RGS-IBG Annual International Conference on 01.09. 2021.
  4. Mukherjee, S. (2021). SDGs, WaSH, and Urban Water Security: Issues and Challenges in India. The first web talk of the DAAD Alumni (India) for Sustainable Development Goals on 26.08.2021.
  5. Mukherjee, S. (2021). SDGs, WaSH, and Urban Water Security: Issues and Challenges in Post COVID World. The first edition of the online event series organized by the FU Berlin Liaison Offices: “At the crossroads of global research!” on 17.06.2021.
  6. Mukherjee, S. (2021). Urban Water Security in India: Issues and Challenges in Post COVID World. The First International Conference on Sustainable Development on April 21-22, 2021, in the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne & La Cité du développement durable, Paris, France. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GuO_i250o0&t=258s
  7. Mukherjee, S; Sundberg, T; Sikdar, PK; Schütt, B. (2021). Role of data and statistical analysis for assessment of urban water security in the Global South. Virtual International Conference on statistical Tools and Techniques for Research Data Analysis’ (ICSTRDA -2021) from 21.01.2021 to 22.01.2021. Organized by Central University of Gujarat, India.
  8. Mukherjee, S. (2020). Urban Water Security in India: Issues and Challenges in Post COVID World. International Webinar on Contemporary Issues in Geography: Challenges and Management (September 10-11, 2020). Organized by Dept. of Geography and IQAC, Bidhannagar College, Kolkata, India.
  9. Mukherjee, S (2020). Issues and Dimension of Urban water Security: An Inclusive Approach. International Faculty Development Program (June 15-20, 2020)-Recent Trends in Science and Technology (via Webinar). Organized by Academic Staff College, Suresh Gyan Vihar University, Jaipur, India.
  10. Mukherjee, S; Dasgupta, D; Sundberg, T. (2020). Water security on a Gender continuum: An overview. Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) water security workshops (February 22-23, 2020), Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  11. Mukherjee, S; Dasgupta, D; Sundberg, T. (2019). Water security on a Gender continuum: Solutions. Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) water security workshops (August 12-14, 2019), University of Calcutta, India.
  12. Mukherjee, S; Dasgupta, D; Sundberg, T. (2019). Water security on a Gender continuum: Issues. Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) water security workshops (May 23-24, 2019), University of Kent, UK.
  13. Mukherjee, S. (2019). Understanding city and its Water Security: Conceptualizing a quantitative assessment framework from an inclusive perspective with an example from Kolkata, India. Presented at the Latin American Institute, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
  14. Mukherjee, S. (2018). Urban Water Security in Kolkata, India: Dimensions and Challenges. DAAD conference, Cottbus, Germany.
  15. Mukherjee, S. (2016). Integrated Catchment Decision Support System (ICDSS) for Groundwater Resources Management: An Ecohydrological Approach using GIS. Presented at the International Conference on Sustainable Groundwater Management, Kolkata, India.
  16. Mukherjee, S. (2013). Location Analysis and Assessment of Submarine Groundwater Discharge: A Geospatial Approach. Poster Presentation at the EGU’s Annual General Conference, Vienna, Austria on 8th April 2013.
  17. Mukherjee, S. (2013). Application of Geospatial Technology for the delineation and assessment of Coastal Groundwater Discharge. The UNESCO-Ecohydrology consortium at the International Symposium on Ecohydrology, Biotechnology and Engineering, Lodz, Poland.
  18. Mukherjee, S. (2012). Application of Geospatial Technology for the delineation and assessment of Hyporheic zones. UNESCO-Ecohydrology consortium during the Erasmus Mundus Ecohydrology Summer School, Faro, Portugal.