Ngamjahao Kipgen 

Ngamjahao Kipgen 

Associate Professor 
Education: PhD
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Room No: 110
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Research Interests: Environmental sociology, political sociology, religion and cultural politics

Journal Publications

1. T. Sen, S. Mallick and N. Kipgen, "Tattooing, Cultural Change, and the Indigenous Apatanis of Arunachal Pradesh", Society, Springer, vol.60, pp.761-771, ISBN.1936-4725 [2023],

2. T. Sen, S. Mallick and N. Kipgen, "Prohibition on Tradition, Tattooing, and the Apatanis of Arunachal Pradesh", Asian Journal of Social Science, Elsevier, vol.51, Issue no.1, pp.54-61, ISBN.1568-4849 [2023],

3. S. Tamang and N. Kipgen, "‘Land’ as a site of contestation: Empire, identity, and belonging in the Darjeeling Himalayas", Ethnicities, Sage, vol.23, Issue no.2, pp.213-234 [2023],

4. B. Kharmylliem and N. Kipgen, "Assessing the Sustainability of Urban Water Supply Systems in Shillong, India", Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, Brill, vol.20, Issue no.3, pp.251-277, ISBN.1569-1500 [2021],

5. S. Tamang, N. Kipgen, "Rethinking Hill-Valley Binary: Methodological Nationalism and the Trends of Writing Sociology in India", Sociological Bulletin, Sage, vol.68, Issue no.3, pp.325-341 [2019],

6. N. Kipgen, "Why Are Farmers in Manipur Cultivating Poppy?", Economic and Political Weekly, Sameeksha Trust, vol.54, Issue no.46, pp.0-0, ISBN.ISSN (Online) - 2349 [2019],,opium%20harvest%20takes%20place%20later.

7. B. Kharmylliem, N. Kipgen, "Urban water governance: Examining the role of traditional institutions in Shillong, Meghalaya", Journal of North East India Studies, Association for North East India Studies, vol.8, Issue no.1, pp.1-21, ISBN.ISSN: 2278-1455 (Pr [2018],

8. N. Kipgen, "The enclosures of colonization: Indigeneity, development, and the case of Mapithel dam in Northeast India", Asian Ethnicity, Routledge, vol.18, Issue no.4, pp.505-521 [2017],

9. N. Kipgen, A. Roy Chowdhury, "Contested State-craft on the Frontiers of the Indian Nation: "Hills-Valley Divide" and the Genealogy of Kuki Ethnic Nationalism in Manipur", Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, Wiley, vol.16, Issue no.2, pp.283-303 [2016],

10. N. Kipgen, "Dissenting Voices from the Margins: Mapithel Dam in Manipur", Economic and Political Weekly, vol.50, Issue no.39, pp.0-0, ISBN.ISSN (Online) - 2349 [2015],

11. A. Roy Chowdhury, N. Kipgen, "Deluge amidst Conflict: Hydropower Development and Displacement in North-East Region of India", Progress in Development Studies, Sage, vol.13, Issue no.3, pp.195-208 [2013],

12. V. Arora, N. Kipgen, "The Politics of Identifying with and Distancing from Kuki Identity in Manipur", Sociological Bulletin, Sage, vol.61, Issue no.3, pp.429-449, ISBN.ISSN 0038-0229 [2012],

13. V. Arora, N. Kipgen, "'We can live without power, but we can't live without our land': Indigenous Hmar Oppose the Tipaimukh Dam in Manipur", Sociological Bulletin, Sage, vol.61, Issue no.1, pp.109-128, ISBN.ISSN 0038-0229 [2012],

Book Chapter

1. N. Kipgen, "Ethnicity, food security and deprivation: The marginalised Hill people and distributive [in]justice in Manipur" , Comprehending Equity: Contextualising India's North-East , Routledge , pp.80-97 [2022]

2. N. Kipgen, "Food Security, Ecology and Livelihoods: Examining Agro-Political Strategy of the Kukis and the Anglo-Kuki War" , Against the Empire: Polity, Economy and Culture during the Anglo-Kuki War, 1917-1919 , Routledge , vol.0 ISBN.ISBN-10: 0367409984, pp.137-153, [2021]

3. N. Kipgen and S. Mallick, "Prejudice in pandemic period: A case study of Northeast India" , Covid Crisis: Social Science Perspectives , ABS Books India ISBN.ISBN.9.78939E+12, pp.135-148 [2020]

4. B. Kharmylliem, N. Kipgen, "Local Institutions, Urban Water Governance and Future Challenges: A Case Study of Shillong" , Understanding Urbanisation in Northeast India: Issues and Challenges , Routledge , vol.0 ISBN.ISBN-10: 0367466198, pp.0-0, [2020]

5. N. Kipgen, "Territoriality, ethnic contestation and insurgency in the Indo-Myanmar borderland" , India and Myanmar Borderlands: Ethnicity, Security and Connectivity , Routledge , vol.0 ISBN.ISBN-10: 1138328464, pp.79-97, [2019]

6. N. Kipgen, A. Roy Chowdhury, "Using Case Study Method Analysis to Explore the Indo-Myanmar Borderland Communities" , SAGE Research Methods Cases , Sage (London, UK) , vol.0 ISBN.ISBN 9781526477231, pp.0-0, [2019] 10.4135/9781526477231

7. N. Kipgen, "Revisiting the military: Role of som institution in the Anglo-Kuki war" , The Anglo-Kuki War, 1917-1919: A Frontier Uprising against Imperialism during the First World War , Routledge , vol.0 ISBN.ISBN: 978-1-138-5070, pp.211-233, [2018]

8. N. Kipgen, D. Pegu, "Floods, Ecology and Cultural Adaptation in Lakhimpur District, Assam" , Development and Disaster Management: A Study of the Northeastern States of India , Palgrave Macmillan , vol.0 ISBN.10.1007/978-981-10-8, pp.301-318, [2018]

9. N. Kipgen, "Land Laws, Ownership and Tribal Identity: The Manipur Experience" , Marginalities in India: Themes and Perspectives , Springer , vol.0 ISBN.ISBN-10: 97898110521, pp.111-126, [2017]

10. V. Arora, N. Kipgen, "Demand for Homeland and Kuki ethnic-nationalism" , Democratization in the Himalayas: Competing Interests, Conflict, and Negotiations , Routledge , vol.0 ISBN.ISBN 978-1-138-24428, pp.161-185, [2017]

11. N. Kipgen, "Forests, Ecology and Traditional Knowledge: A Kuki Woman's Perspective in the Northeast" , Regional Environmental History: Issues and Concepts in the Indian Subcontinent , Aakar , vol.0 ISBN.ISBN 978-93-5002-426, pp.209-225, [2016]

12. N. Kipgen, V. Arora, "Contemporary Poverty Alleviation Policies and the Historical Marginalization of the Kukis in Manipur, India" , Strategies and Innovations for Sustainable Organizations , Macmillan , vol.0 ISBN.ISBN CORP-000186, pp.423-436, [2011]

13. N. Kipgen, "Oral Narratives and Identity Assertion among the Kuki-Chin People" , Kuki Society: Past, Present, Future , Maxford , vol.0 ISBN.ISBN: 978-81-8116-091-1, pp.352-363-0, [2011]


1. N. Kipgen, D.L. Haokip (Eds.), Against the Empire: Polity, Economy and Culture during the Anglo-Kuki War, 1917-1919, Routledge, vol.0, Issue no.0, pp.1-281-0, ISBN.ISBN-10: 0367409984 [2021]


Online Video Course on Environment and Development
Funding Agency : MHRD (under CSS-MOOCs)
Principal Investigator: N. Kipgen
Duration/Starting Year: 2021-07-26 to 2021-10-23
Status: Ongoing


Ecotourism and Sustainable Livelihoods: A Prospective Look in the Rural Areas of Manipur
Funding Agency : Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi
Principal Investigator: N. Kipgen
Co-investigator: -
Duration/Starting Year: 01-12-2014 to 30-11-2016
Status: Completed


Change and Continuity of Traditional Governance: A Study of Kuki Chieftainship in Manipur
Funding Agency : Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG), Start Up Grant
Principal Investigator: N. Kipgen
Co-investigator: -
Duration/Starting Year: 29-09-2014 to 31-07-2019
Status: Completed


Online Video Course on Ecology and Society
Funding Agency : MHRD (under CSS-MOOCs)
Principal Investigator: N. Kipgen
Duration/Starting Year: 24-07-2017 to 13-10-2017
Status: Completed

Sl.No Name Thesis Title PhD Status
1 Ado Kehie Ecology, Culture and Livelihood Practices: An Ethnographic Study among the Angamis and Konyaks in Nagaland APR6
2 Tania Sen Prohibition on Tipe, Culture Change, and the Apatanis in Arunachal Pradesh Completed
3 Sangay Tamang The Environmentalism of the Hills: Empire, Environment and Ethnicity in Darjeeling Himalayas Completed
4 Mr. Savio Hollienthang Touthang Tribe, Class, Status and Power: Dynamics of Social Stratification and Change among the Kukis in Manipur Completed
5 BankerLang Kharmylliem A Study of Social Sustainability and Urban Water Supply Systems in Shillong Completed
6 Rajkumar Panthoiren SOAS
7 Lika Dholua Tentative: Floods, Livelihoods and Vulnerability: A study on the Riverine Community of Majuli
8 Debasish Hazarika Understanding the Foothills: Infrastructures, Borders and Resource Extraction in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam SOAS
9 Abhimanyu Chettri SOAS
10 Kangkana Shivam Women, Work and Technicity: Plant Tissue Culture in Daranggiri Banana Plantation Site SOAS
11 Bhargav Gogoi Comprehensive
Sl.No Name Year Dissertation Title
1 Prafull Satpute 2022 Mining, Environment and Livelihoods: A case Study of Malanjkhand Copper Mine in Madhya Pradesh
2 Siddhartha Kumar Sharma 2021 Wetland, Livelihoods and Sustainability: A Case Study of Deepor Beel, Guwahati, Assam
3 Shelly Das 2021 Community, Conservation and Livelihoods: A Case Study of the Pakke Tiger Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh
4 Alex Chongtham 2021 A Study on the Fisher Community in the Loktak Lake with reference to Champu Khangpok Village, Manipur
5 Debasmita Bej 2020 Examining the Role of Eco-Development Committees (EDCs) in Manas National Park, Assam
6 Utkarsh 2020 Flood, People and Local Institutions: A Case Study of the Baisi Block in Purnia District, Bihar
7 Vishal Singh 2020 Religious Rituals and Water Pollution: A Study of the River Ganga at Varanasi
8 Prashant Kumar 2019 Assessing sustainability of drinking Water Supply systems in guwahati city
9 Arindam Chakma 2018 Ecotourism, Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Livelihood: A Case Study of the Jatinga Valley, Assam
10 Dipleena Saikia 2018 Traditional Knowledge and Practices of Medicinal Plants among the Kachari Community: A Study in Dibrugarh District of Assam
11 Fungkha Basumatary 2017 Traditional Governance, land use and ownership system: A study of the Bodo Community in BTAD
12 Sanjvir Sinku 2017 Development-induced displacement and mining: A study among the Adivasis in West Singhbhum, Jharkhand
13 N. Joyson 2016 Deforestation and rural livelihoods: A case study in Senapati district of Manipur
14 S. Veihotelo 2016 Land use and ownership system among the Poimai Naga in Manipur
15 Dhiraj Pegu 2015 Flood, culture and river ecology: A case study of the missing tribe in Lakhimpur district, Assam
16 Nishant Kumar Environmental governance:- A case study of Diphu circle in Karbi Anglong district of Assam.

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Awards and Achievements

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Title: Agriculture, Livelihood and Vulnerability: A Case Study of the Char Dwellers in Bankura District, West Bengal

Name of Conference: The 64th Indian Society of Labour Economics Annual Conference

School of Economics, University of Hyderabad, Telengana, Hyderabad Mar 29, 2024 - Mar 31, 2024 National
Title: Hydropower Projects, Resistance, and Environmentalism in Northeast India

Name of Conference: XX ISA World Congress of Sociology

International Sociological Association, Melbourne, Australia Jun 25, 2023 - Jul 1, 2023 International
Title: Cradle of Transformation: Environment, Development and Ethnicity in the Eastern Himalayas

Name of Conference: Environmental Change and Socio-cultural Transformations in India

IIT Roorkee, Roorkee Sep 22, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022 International
Title: Infrastructure, Development and Political Ecology in the Borderland of Northeast India

Name of Conference: Development Days 2022: Infrastructure, technologies, and vulnerabilities in global development

University of Helsinki, Finland, Helsinki Feb 17, 2022 - Feb 18, 2022 International View
Title: Examining Traditional Governance and Democratization of Tribal Polity in the Hills of Contemporary Manipur

Name of Conference: Governance and Democracy in North East India

Department of Political Science, Sikkim University, Gangtok Apr 19, 2004 - Apr 19, 2005 National
Title: Ecogender: Locating the Kuki Womens Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Northeast India

Name of Conference: ASA2018: Sociality, matter, and the imagination: re-creating Anthropology

The Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth’s 2018, Oxford, UK Sep 18, 2018 - Sep 18, 2021 International
Title: Agro-Political Strategy of the Kukis and the Anglo-Kuki War

Name of Conference: National Seminar on India’s Frontier Uprising during First World War: The Anglo-Kuki War 1917-1919

Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, New Delhi Oct 15, 2018 - Oct 15, 2018 National
Title: Ethnicity, Food Security and Deprivation: The Marginalized Hill People and Distributive [in]Justice in Manipur

Name of Conference: National Seminar on Equity with Special Emphasis on North Eastern Region

Dr. Ambedkar Chair, Tezpur University In Collaboration with ICSSR, New Delhi & ICSSR NERC, Shillong, Tezpur University, Tezpur Jun 18, 2021 - Jun 18, 2022 National
Title: Land Laws, Ownership and Identity: The Manipur Experience

Name of Conference: Second International Conference on Contemporary Debates in Public Policy and Management

Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Kolkata, West Bengal Jan 15, 2016 - Jan 17, 2016 International
Title: Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods through Ecotourism: A Prospective Look in Nort

Name of Conference: 3rd ISA Forum of Sociology

International Sociological Association, Vienna, Austria Jul 10, 2016 - Jul 14, 2016 International
Title: Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainability: Jhumming Practice and Experience of the Kuki Community in N

Name of Conference: International Conference on Agriculture and Human Development in India: Indigenous Practices, Scient

IGNOU and IIT Guwahati, IIT Guwahati Sep 8, 2017 - Sep 9, 2017 International


Title: Mechanisms in Thesis Writing

Name of Invited Lecture: Resource Person for ICSSR Sponsored Ten-Day Research Methodology Course RMC24 for M.Phil./Ph.D./PDF Scholars in Social Sciences

NIT Nagaland, Chumukeidma, Nagaland Mar 11, 2024 - Mar 11, 2024 No.of Partcipants: 34 National
Title: Awareness of Trends and Technology for Sociology

Name of Invited Lecture: Resource Person for BA Induction Programme

University of Science and Technology Meghalaya, Ri-Bhoi, Meghalaya Jun 12, 2023 National
Title: Environment and Development

Name of Invited Lecture: Emerging Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies

Department of English, Banaras Hindu University, Banaras Hindu University Jun 7, 2023 National
Title: Environment and its relationship with the indigenous communities of Northeast India

Name of Invited Lecture: World Environment Day

Department of Social Work, University of Science and Technology Meghalaya, Ri-Bhoi, Meghalaya Jun 5, 2023 No.of Partcipants: 60 National
Title: Indigenous knowledge, Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainability in the Hills of Northeast India

Name of Invited Lecture: Webinar on Environmental Sociology

Department of Sociol9ogy, Miranda House, University of Delhi, Delhi University Nov 7, 2022 - Nov 7, 2022 No.of Partcipants: 76 National
Title: Forests and Livelihoods in Northeast India

Name of Invited Lecture: National Webinar

St. Edmund’s College, Shillong, Online Apr 9, 2021 - Apr 9, 2021 National
Title: Dams, Indigenous People and Resistance:

Name of Invited Lecture: Contesting Development: Matrix of Ecological Politics in North East India

Sikkim Government College, Gangtok, Online Nov 12, 2021 - Nov 13, 2020 National
Title: Ethno-nationalism in Northeast India

Name of Invited Lecture: Dialogues Across Fault lines of Territory & Peoples: Bridging State, Nation, Ethnicity in North East

The Other Media and South Asia Forum for Human Rights (SAFHR), India International Centre, Annexe, New Delhi Dec 11, 2016 - Dec 12, 2016 National


Title: Forests, Ecology and Traditional Knowledge: A Kuki Woman’s Perspective in Northeast

Name of Symposia: National Seminar on Debating Environmental History: Reading from Regional Discourses

Department of History, Assam University, Diphu Campus, Diphu, Assam Nov 24, 2014 - Nov 25, 2014 National
Title: The Enclosures of Colonization: Indigeneity, Development and the Case of Mapithel Dam in Manipur

Name of Symposia: Silver Jubilee Seminar on Environment and Development Trade-off

Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development, Guwahati, Guwahati Jan 21, 2016 - Jan 22, 2016 National


Title: Livelihood and Agriculture

Name of Workshop: Three Days Workshop on Earthquakes and Landslides: Challenges of Disaster Management in Four North E

Disaster Research Programme, JNU, New Delhi & Manipur Central University, Imphal, Manipur, Imphal, Manipur Apr 9, 2016 - Apr 12, 2016 International
Title: Livelihoods, cash crops and ecosystem fragility: Assessing the sustainability of traditional agricul

Name of Workshop: Disasters and Community Resilience in the Northeastern States

Special Centre for Disaster Researc, JNU, New Delhi Oct 26, 2017 - Oct 27, 2017 National


Title: Online Certificate Workshop on EnviPol and Global Policy Insights: Climate Governance and Global Commons

Name of Workshop: EnviPol and Global Policy Insights: Climate Governance and Global Commons

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati and Global Policy Insights, New Delhi, Virtual Jan 7, 2022 - Jan 7, 2022 No.of Partcipants: 211 National
Title: Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi

Name of Workshop: A Ten-Day Research Methodology Workshop for PhD Students in Social Sciences (at NIT Rourkela)

Mar 20, 2013 - Mar 29, 2013 No.of Partcipants: 50 National
Title: Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi

Name of Workshop: A Ten-Day Research Methodology Programme for PhD Students in Social Sciences

Mar 14, 2016 - Mar 23, 2016 No.of Partcipants: 65 National
Title: Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi

Name of Workshop: Two-Week Capacity Building Programme for Faculty Members in Social Sciences

Mar 7, 2018 - Mar 18, 2018 No.of Partcipants: 33 National


Title: Polity, Economy and Culture during the Anglo-Kuki War, 1917-1919

Name of Seminar: Silver Jubilee National Symposium on Remembering Anglo-Kuki War, 1917-1919: Hundredth Year of the War against Imperialism

Sponsored by ICSSR - North Eastern Regional Centre, Shillong, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of technology Guwahati Feb 7, 2019 - Feb 7, 2019 No.of Partcipants: 20 National


Title: Adoption, Inheritance, and Maintenance: Tribal Practices in North-East India

Name of Panel details: Panel Discussions on "Voices from the North-East: Adoption, Inheritance and Maintenance in the Uniform Civil Code"

National Law University Meghalaya (NLU-Meg), Online Sep 9, 2023 - Sep 23, 2022 No.of Partcipants: 55 National