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Gautam Yadama, PhD

Gautam Yadama is Dean and Professor at Boston College School of Social Work (BCSSW). Dean Yadama joined Boston College in 2016 as the ninth dean of the School of Social Work. Prior to working at Boston College, he served as Professor and Assistant Vice Chancellor for International Affairs-India at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Dean Yadama’s work focuses on understanding the social, environmental, and health challenges of rural poor in the regions of South Asia, Central Asia, and China. Yadama’s research in India focuses on understanding the livelihoods of rural poor and ensuing strategies to achieve sustainability in their livelihoods. He is conducting a randomized control trial to study sustainability of new and efficient stove technologies in rural India to improve respiratory health and wellbeing of women and children. His book – Fires, Fuel & the Fate of 3 Billion: State of the Energy Impoverished (Oxford University Press) outlines an argument for transdisciplinary research to tackle complex problems at the intersections of poverty, environment, and health.