About Me

I am a bio-cultural Anthropologist working in the Central and Eastern Parts of India. My research generally explores the bio-cultural facet of Food, Nutrition and Health among the vulnerable people (specifically so called “scheduled tribes” in India). My specific research interest investigates the inter-relationship between food, culture & society and its reflection on human health and nutritional status. In course of doing aforesaid work, I was also trying to explore the impact of human ecology on food and nutritional security among the marginalized groups. Currently I am aiming to understand the complex inter-play between gender role on maternal and child health care practices by considering psychological aspects of both the mother and child. Presently I am also interested to study the food insecurity issue among the indigenous community living in south, south-east and Asia pacific countries.

My email - sumanshabar@gmail.com

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Class in High News Channel on Role of Anthropology in Public Health (Bengali Version)

Class in actual field situation at the Sundarban Areas of West Bengal, India

FGD on Climate Variability, Water Scarcity and Cultivation among an Indigenous Group in India

Key informant interview about the preparation of Jaggery in Susunia Hills of Bankura, WB, India

Key informant interview about the impact of climate change on Lac Culture in Purulia

Delivering lecture on the topic Applied Anthropology in India Issues and Challenges in the BRAC CENTRE, Dhaka

Delivering lecture on the persisting problem of forest conservation and tribal development in India

Sensitization program regarding fieldwork in biological anthropology in Kamakhyaguri 2019

Insufficient Agricultural Production in Dry Weather of WB, India

Mobile Banking in Rural Villages of Purulia, WB, India

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Teaching and research Interests:

  • Nutritional Anthropology (Special Interest), Medical anthropology, Intra-household food allocation, Anthropology of food, ethnicity and health, human growth and nutrition, Gender role on maternal and child health.
  • Food insecurity and nutritional deprivation of tribal people living in Indian forest areas including its relationship with the ecological variation.
  • Inter-relationship between forest conservation (rehabilitation/displacement), food security and mental health status among the indigenous communities.
  • Bio-cultural modeling of double burden of disease (obesity and undernutrition) among the Indian tribal population in the context of nutrition transition.

Special Teaching/Training Capabilities:-
Nutritional anthropology (Theories/Research/Planning), Anthropometric measurements, Dietary Survey, Use of bio-statistics in qualitative and quantitative data analysis, Maternal and Child Health, Research Methods, Medical Anthropology.

Specific areas of interest:-
Indigenous population living in South, South East and Asia Pacific Countries.

Institution visit in abroad:-

Sl no. Institution Activities
1 Department of Anthropology, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh Workshop, teaching, research, curriculum design on nutritional anthropology
2 Department of Statistics, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh Research collaboration
3 Department of Anthropology, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh Attended conference , initial discussion on research collaboration
4 Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia Invited talk, research and teaching collaboration in the domain of food and nutrition
5 Department of Society and Health, Mahidol University, Salaya Campus, Thailand Invited talk, research collaboration
6 Behavioral Science Research Institute, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand Research collaboration
7 Faculty of Social Sciences, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok, Thailand Research collaboration
8 Faculty of Social Sciences, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand Research collaboration
9 Faculty of Humanities, Department of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Visiting Scholar and Research Collaboration