A Geographer by profession, I love to visit new places and explore a new culture. Traveling is my way of life. I enjoy listening to people and their stories. I think of myself as a Global citizen while I support local ventures.
“We cannot understand a region until we understand the behavior of the people who inhabit it and we cannot understand their behavior until we understand and appreciate the values that motivate that behavior.”
- Prof. John Fraser Hart, Dept. of Geography University of Minnesota
To me, ‘geography’ has served as a tool to understand complex interconnections in the world. Geography has provided a lens to acknowledge and appreciate the interactions among the world’s natural and human-cultural components.
My research explores the perception of risk with respect to oil and natural gas development in communities in Kansas and Oklahoma and ties the role of attachment to place, and sustainable development. More specifically, it explores the opinions, knowledge, attitude and perceptions of local communities towards technological advances such as fracking, and help identify channels of effective risk communication. I use sequential mixed method approach, informal interviews, mail questionnaire and focus group discussion, in an effort to investigating the problem using quantitative method supported by qualitative inquiry.
Viewing the world through geographic lens places me in a unique position. Among my colleagues, I have been fortunate to be an outlier. I was born in a society where gender duties and roles are bound by expectations and rules. I grew up in a progressive family that challenged these societal expectations. I was given the liberty to pursue a career of my own choice and the freedom to study for it far from home. I make sure I use this opportunity with responsibility.
The chance to serve as an educator is one of the most fulfilling aspects of my life. Assisting others to develop spatial and analytical reasoning skills to address the complexities of our world is an important role and one that I would like to be both dedicated to and fulfill successfully. I am passionate about geography and I am passionate about teaching. Learning experiences can be enriched combining both my passions with effective communication and clear thoughts.
As an educator, my primary goal is to understand the current level of students’ knowledge and their exposure to the world and accordingly formulate ways of stimulating new modes of thinking while broadening their knowledge bases. As a geographer, my ultimate aim is for students to recognize the greater connections between human and natural environment and encourage them to understand not only the spatial interactions between these two components but also the possible consequences of human actions on natural environments at both, local and global scale.
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
BASICS OF GIS
My research expertise are the area of nature-society interaction, mixed methods research, statistical and GIS techniques, qualitative, and rural geography and sustainability.
My current research with Dr. Bimal Paul explores the perception of risk with respect to oil and natural gas development in communities in Kansas and Oklahoma and ties the role of attachment to place, and sustainable development. More specifically, it explores the opinions, knowledge, attitude and perceptions of local communities toward technological advances such as fracking, and helps identify channels of effective risk communication. I am using sequential mixed method approach, informal interviews, mail questionnaire and focus group discussion, in an effort to investigate the problem using quantitative method supported by qualitative inquiry. I am using Psychometric Paradigm and Cultural Theory while building on Sjӧberg’s model of risk perception and weaving into it additional factors of attachment to place and perceptional and behavioral geography in an attempt to improve place specific perceptions of risk. This work has enhanced my theoretical and analytical skills as well as refined my fieldwork techniques. I hope to present my work at national and international conferences.
University of Pune, 2008
Determination of Hydrologic Flow Regime and Dependable Flow of the River Narmada at Garudeshwar, Gujarat: Implications for Sardar Sarovar Dam
Medical Geography and GIS
University of Edinburgh, 2010
Accessibility to Primary Healthcare Centers in Padang, Indonesia
Risk Perceptions and Risk Communication
Kansas State University, 2018
Living with oil and natural gas: A Risk Perception study among adults in Kansas and Oklahoma
Current and forthcoming work
Paul B., Ramekar A., “Host Characteristics as Risk Factors of the 2015 Earthquake-Induced Injuries in Nepal: A Cross-Sectional Study” International Journal of Risk Reduction.
Paul B., Ramekar A., “Internal migration in Bangladesh: A comparative analysis of coastal, environmentally challenged, and other districts” Handbook of Environmental Migration and Displacement, Routledge.
Co-founder and VP Operations
A casual conversation with a group of friends, in a small cafe in Edinburgh Scotland, lead to the formation of GeoSpoc. Geospatial Operations and Consulting (GeoSpoc) is a brainchild of three young minds, studied and trained in different parts of the world who decided to come together to explore the commercial GIS world in India. Founded on trust, friendship, and passion for Geospatial technology, GeoSpoc today has gone beyond international boundaries to reach Australia and United States.
Working with GeoSpoc was a personal and professional "growing up" experience. I played roles beyond my academic expertise. I learned to appreciate the contribution of every individual to achieve an organization's goals. I worked with GeoSpoc for two years before beginning my PhD in the USA.
Xenolith Geoservices was my window to the world of commercial GIS. I worked at Xenolith in two phases. As a fresh graduate student from the University of Pune, I joined Xenolith as a GIS engineer. I was involved in training young professionals and undergraduate students coming from different educational backgrounds in GIS, GPS handling. I was also responsible for their professional training and preparing them for the industry.
I worked with computer literate urban students as well as technologically challenged rural students. My class was an open environment where I learned from my students and tried to teach them. I can proudly say that many of my students are now working in companies in Pune using their GIS skills.
My second phase of working with Xenolith Geoservices was after returning from the UK on finishing my Masters in Geographical Information Science. This time, I worked on government projects at Xenolith. One was a large Government project while the second was county-based taxation project. Both these opportunities helped me understand the professional world of Indian GIS market.
“All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.”
- Samuel Johnson