Thounaojam Somokanta

PhD (Central University of Gujarat, India, 2016 )

Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Research Interest



  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, 2019
  • PhD, Central University of Gujarat, India, 2016
  • MPhil, Central University of Gujarat, India, 2012
  • MA, Maharaja Sayajirao University, India, 2010
  • BA, Maharaja Sayajirao University, India, 2008




  • T. Somokanta, 2018, Large Dams in India: The Missing Dimension of Science, Technology and Society (STS), Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


  • Somokanta, 2022, Urban Climate Change Experiments in Gandhinagar City, India, Urban Climate, 43, 101149.

  • Somokanta, E. Feitelson, A. Tubi, 2021, South Asian Dams at a Tipping Point? The Case of Tipaimukh Dam in Manipur, India, Water Alternatives 14, pp. 491-519

  • Sapana Devi and T. Somokanta, 2016, Case of Education in a Conflict Ridden State, Manipur: A Narrative Analysis, Economic and Political Weekly 51, pp. 52-59.

  • Premi Devi and T. Somokanta, 2016, Gender, Technology and Work: Case Study of Women Employees in Selected Food Processing Industries in Manipur, Gender, Technology and Development 20, pp. 81-104.

  • Somokanta, 2014, Sociological Understanding of Risks: An Empirical Case of Tipaimukh Dam in Manipur, India, International Journal of Innovation and Sustainability Development 8, pp. 363-379.

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India (February 2022 till now)

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology (guest), Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India (December 2021 February 2022)

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Geography, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (January 2018 September 2019)

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology (guest), Department of Sociology, Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi, India (July November 2017)

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Centre for Responsible Business, India (March July 2017)


  • T. Somokanta, ‘Urban Climate Change Experiments in Gandhinagar, India’, 20th Annual Science, Technology and Society Graz Conference (online), Austria, May 2022.

  • T. Somokanta, ‘The Shifting Discourse of Hydroelectric Dams in Neoliberal India”, Authors’ Webinar on Political Economy of New Technology in India: Concerns and Potentials at Gujarat Institute of Development Research and Madras Institute of Development Studies, June 2021.

  • T. Somokanta, ‘Experiments for Sustainability Transitions in Gandhinagar City of India’, The Annual Conference for Science and Environment on Challenges in Environmental Sciences at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, June 2018.

  • K. Sapana Devi and T. Somokanta, ‘Understanding the Linkages of Education, Conflict and Students: Case of Manipur, India’, Children and Young People in a Changing World: Action, Agency and Participation Conference at the Liverpool Hope University, England, June 2016 (presented by K. Sapana Devi)

  • W. Premi Devi and T. Somokanta, ‘Gender, Technology and Work Relations: Case of Women Employees in Food Processing Industries in Manipur, India’, The 3rd ISA Forum of Sociology at the University of Vienna, Austria, July 2016 (presented by T.Somokanta)

  • T. Somokanta, ‘Geographical Contexts of Sustainability Transitions: A Case of Gandhinagar Model Solar City’, The 6th International Conference of Sustainability Transitions at the University of Sussex, England, August 2015

  • T. Somokanta, ‘Environmental Movement and Grassroots Innovation of Bamboo Bicycle: Introducing Sustainability Transitions Thinking in Imphal City of Manipur’, The Royal Geographical Society Conference at University of Exeter, England, September 2015.

  • T. Somokanta, ‘Exploring the grassroots innovation of Bamboo bicycle in Imphal city of Manipur: Geography of sustainability transitions perspective’, The International Conference on Creativity and Innovations at Grassroots, at the Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad, India, January 2015.

  • T. Somokanta, ‘Sociological Understanding of Risk: An Empirical Case Study of Tipaimukh Dam in Manipur, India’, The Global STS Conference at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, March 2014.

  • T. Somokanta, ‘Theory-Empiric Understanding of Science, Technology and Society: A Study on Tipaimukh Dam in Manipur’, ST Global Consortium Science & Technology in Society Conference at the National Academics, Washington, April 2013.

  • T. Somokanta, ‘Development Project and the Risk of Ecosystem In North East India: A Case Of Tipaimukh Dam In Manipur’, The International Conference on Global

  • Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Environmental Sustainability in the 21st Century at the Assam University, India, February 2012.

  • T. Somokanta, ‘Resistance and Environmental Risk of Tipaimukh Dam in Manipur’, The Globalization and Social Transformation: The Indian Experience at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India, February 2012.

  • 2018 - 19, Postdoctoral Fellowship (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

  • 2017, Postdoctoral Fellowship (Centre for Responsible Business)

  • 2016, Author Aid Gender Travel Grant (International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications Limited)

  • 2016, Conference Travel Grant (University of Sussex)

  • 2015, Conference Travel Grant (European Manipuri Association)

  • 2014, Conference Travel Grant (Nanyang Technological University)

  • 2013, STEPS Summer School Scholarship (University of Sussex)

  • 2013, Conference Travel Grant (George Washington University & Central University of Gujarat)

  • 2010, 2nd Position in Master of Arts in Sociology (final year) (Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda)

  • 2010, National Eligibility Test for Assistant Professorship in Sociology (University Grant Commission)



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