University of St Andrews

SGSD students and staff in India (January 2019)

Wednesday 27 February 2019

Sophie Vonholm (4th year Geography & Management student), Iga Jozefiak (4th year Geography & Sustainable Development student) and Professor Bill Austin (former Head of School) visited India in January.

Sophie and Iga were taking part in a new internship programme to explore Sustainability in Fashion, generously supported by the father (Anish Tandon) of one of our alumna; they spent a week in Gurgaon, Delhi learning about the textile industry – see Sophie’s excellent account in the new undergraduate student journal – Irvine Atlas (also edited by Iga). You can see more of Sophie and Iga’s internship adventure on the University’s Instagram account.

Bill’s visit to India was funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund, which led him from Delhi to the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu where he caught up with our British Council visiting scholar (Gunasekaran) and his colleagues at Annamalai University. The project will develop an understanding of India’s Blue Carbon resources, with a focus on mangrove ecosystems, which Bill describes as “extraordinary, exotic and simply amazing” habitats! We are looking forward to a return visit from colleagues in India to St Andrews and SGSD in May this year, with a follow-up fieldwork campaign in India with SGSD students in January 2020.

Finally, Sophie, Iga and Bill caught-up in New Delhi at the end of the trip and were entertained to lunch by Deyvin Datwani (first year SGSD student) and his family – a number of current St Andrews students and their families attended a wonderful roof-top lunch, before we toured the nearby Gandhi Museum.