Diya Paul

Diya Paul

Teacher of ESS and Geography


  • PhD in Geography, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

I describe myself as a conservationist and social scientist who strives towards a more sustainable and just world for humans and non-humans through research and education. My own work contributes to integrated research in wildlife conservation that considers how human-environment relationships are constantly being co-produced and shaped in unintended ways. Prior to my academic stint, I worked in the development sector in India with a focus on natural resource management and climate change adaptation in rural farming communities.

What is the favourite part of the course you teach?
One of the best things about being a teacher of Geography and Environmental Studies is the ability to evoke in students a deep care for the world that we share. My favourite moments are when we as a learning community can move beyond our own smaller concerns and think of the larger picture. I like to believe that my students go out into the world with new respect for the environment and think of it as an important component of whatever future they choose to take.

Which teaching method do you prefer and why?
I am a hands-on teacher who tries to balance real world experience that each student brings to the classroom, with the wealth of knowledge that thinkers, scholars, activists and communities have generated on the natural and social world we live in.

What inspires you?
The Earth.

What are the three things you can't imagine your life without?
Coffee, Coffee, Coffee.