Basundhara Tripathys research interests include climate change, human mobility, gender, resilience, anthropology-development nexus and environment. Her PhD research focuses on climate change and migration and the impact of social remittances in SW Bangladesh.
She obtained her MSc. in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford in 2012 and completed her undergraduate studies from the University of Delhi in Sociology (Hons.). She was a lecturer at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, Dhaka and carried out research on climate migration. She has worked in India on education projects for tribal communities (Santhals and Mundas) in Jharkhand and developed teaching material for their primary education. Her work in Odisha, a coastal state in India, focused on climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, integrated water management, migration and ecosystems conservation. She has carried out collaborative research with UNICEF (India) and University of Southampton among others. She has experience of working with NGOs in India and has also been an International Development consultant for organizations such as UNDP, Practical Action and WaterAid.