Sujata Dutta Hazarika is the Deputy Director of the Guwahati Regional Centre at the Indira Gandhi National Open University and co-founder of Global Initiative for Sustainable Development and Planning, which seeks to redefine the role of economy and business in public policy through social innovations founded on creative and critical thinking. She began her career as a sociologist in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. In 2009, she initiated the North East Centre for Research and Development. In 2010-2011, as a Fulbright Fellow, she did postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, on ecovillage initiatives in the US. She has conducted projects nationally and internationally, and published papers exploring issues of governance, internal displacement, and sustainability.