Dr. Brian Okey Associate Professor, Department of Geography & Regional Planning

Study Abroad: India

India

Special Topics – Field Study in India course is offered as a Study Abroad course, where students are exposed to socio-economic, cultural, environmental, and urban and planning scenarios in the fast-growing cities of India. In the past, students and faculty-members have traveled to Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, and Darjeeling to explore issues of slums and informal settlements, degrading wetland areas due to urban encroachment and pollution, transformation of ethnic enclaves, environmental and socio-economic conditions in tea-gardens. In addition to literature review and secondary information, students mostly collect data through visual observations and GPS surveys during field trips to study these topics and analyze key challenges. The next trip will explore urban issues and rapid growth of solar energy industry in the cities of Jaipur and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.



Darjeeling

Darjeeling City