Skip to main navigation menu Skip to main content Skip to site footer

Professor R.B. Singh (1955-2021), an Icon of Indian Geography: A Passage on the Path of Lineage, Legacy and Liminality


Professor R.B. Singh (1955-2021) had been the first Indian Geographer to have the dual distinction of holding the position of the IGU Secretary General and ICSU Scientific Committee Member. He was the first Indian and second Asian Secretary General and Treasurer of the IGU (2018-2022). Professor Singh was a distinguished geographer of 21st Century India who had made distinct academic contributions over the last five decades, illustrated with publishing 16 books, 40 anthologies, and around 260 research papers. He has covered and profusely published researches in 11 fields—Environmental Studies, Geoecology; Land resources, Land use/ Land cover; Water issues, Hydrology; Disaster, Natural Hazard; Quality of Life, Livelihood; Climatic Change, Air Pollution study; Urban Environment, Health, and wellbeing; Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); Environmental Monitoring; Geography, Development Studies R-U; Mountain Studies, Forestry, Tourism; and RS, GIS, Recent trends appraisal. He had supervised 39 PhD and 81 MPhil dissertations. This paper presents an appraisal of his life journey on the path of Lineage, Legacy and Liminality—a type of biographical highlights in the frame of his practising geography, while also emphasising various niches, distinctions, networks, and collaborative programmes.


R.B. Singh, Lineage, International Geographical Union (IGU), Secretary General, Environmental Studies, Climatic Change, Mountain Studies, Future Vision



  1. Buttimer, Anne (1983). The Practice of Geography. Longman.
  2. Buttimer, Anne (1993). Geography & the Human Spirit. The Johns Hopkins University Press.
  3. Henry, Todd (2013). Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day. Penguin Books Ltd (Portfolio Penguin).
  4. Matthew, John A. and Herbert, David T., eds. (2004). Unifying Geography: Common Heritage, Shared Future. Routledge. DOI:
  5. Roy, Shouraseni Sen (2021). Professor R.B. Singh (1955~2021). In Pandey, Bindhy Wasini and Anand, Subhash (eds.) Water Science and Sustainability (pp. 1-3). Sustainable Development Goals Series Springer Nature. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-57488-8_1 DOI:
  6. Sikka, Gaurav; Yenneti, Komalirani; Singh, R.B. and Tikunov, V.S., eds. (2021). Special issue on “Geospatiality and Sustainable Development Goals” of the Geography, Environment (the official journal of Russian Geographical Society. 14(1). DOI:
  7. Singh, Rana P.B. (2013). The Hindu Family in Indian Society: Perspectives and Prospects. In: Angellio, Maria (ed.) The Family in the Cultures and Societies of Asia/ La famiglia nelle culture e nelle società dell’Asia - Asiatica Ambrosiana, Saggi e ricerche di cultura religioni e società dell’Asia [AA presso la Biblioteca Ambrosiana - Milano, Italy; Bulzoni Editore, Roma], nr. 5: pp. 19 - 48.
  8. Singh, Rana P.B. (1977). Clan Settlements in the Saran Plain: a Study in Cultural Geography, Varanasi: National Geographical Society of India, Banaras Hindu University, Res. Pub. 18.
  9. Singh, Rana P.B. and Singh, R.B. (1981). Changing Frontiers of Indian Village Ecology: Case of a Bihari Village. Varanasi: National Geographical Society of India, Banaras Hindu University, Res. Pub. No. 27.
  10. Tau, Byron (2012). Obama asks geography bee question. 05/24/2012 02:40 PM,
  11. Tuan, Yi-Fu (2002). Dear Colleague: Common and Uncommon Observations. University of Minnesota Press.
  12. Tuan, Yi-Fu (2008). Human Goodness.University of Wisconsin Press.


Download data is not yet available.