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M G Chandrakanth
Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, Ciriacy-Wantrup Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, Erasmus Mundus and DAAD visiting professor, Gent University and Humboldt University
Area of Specialisation:  Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, Water resource economics, Groundwater economics and institutions, Externality in groundwater irrigation, Costing groundwater irrigation, Groundwater markets, Impact of watershed programs, Economic contribution of agricultural research, Valuation of medicinal plants, Role of Sacred groves / Temple forests in forest protection, Payment for Ecosystem Services.

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D Rajasekhar

HAG Professor, CDD

Ph.D. in Economics from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 1994.

Area of Specialisation: Decentralisation; Poverty Reduction; Development through and Interface among Local Organisations; Micro Finance; Social Security for Unorganised Workers and Child Labour.

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Meenakshi  Rajeev

Professor, CESP

Ph.D. Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata

Area of Specialisation: Banking and credit related issues; Issues relating to Development Economics (game theoretic modeling); Industrial Economics;
Labour Relations.


S  Madheswaran

Professor,  CESP

Ph.D. in Econometrics, Department of Econometrics,
University of Madras (1996)

Area of Specialisation: Economics of Labour; Economics of Education;
Environmental Economics; Applied Econometrics

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Parmod  Kumar

Professor, ADRTC

Ph.D. in Economics from Centre for the Studies of Regional Development,
JNU, New Delhi, 1997.

Area of Specialisation: Agriculture and Allied Activities; Agro Processing; Rural Development

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Manohar Yadav

Professor, CSSCD

Ph.D. in Anthropology from Karnataka University, Dharwad, 1989

Area of Specialisation: Caste; Untouchabality; Dalit and Development related studies.


Sunil Nautiyal

Professor, CEENR

Ph.D. in Botany (Ecology), G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development,  H.N.B. Garhwal University, Srinagar – Garhwal

Area of Specialisation: Natural resource management and conservation; Production system analysis; Protected Area Management;  Ecological Modeling;  GIS and Remote Sensing in landscape analysis; Climate Change and Socio-Ecological Development

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Kala Seetharam Sridhar

Professor, CRUA

Ph.D. in Public Policy & Management, The Ohio State University, 1998

Area of Specialisation:  Regional disparities, Urban poverty, Land use regulations

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K Gayithri

Professor, CESP

Ph.D. in Public Finance: University of Mysore (Through ISEC) 1990

Area of Specialisation: Public Economics: Expenditure Planning and Management: Fiscal Policy analysis, Program Performance Budgeting’ and Measurement of Performance; Industrial Economics: Industrial Policy, Industrial Subsidies and Tax concessions


C M Lakshmana

Professor, PRC

Ph.D.  Bangalore University, 1998

Area of Specialisation: Population and Environmental Issues; Population
Geography; Environmental Health; Gender and Developmental Issues

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Krishna Raj

Professor, CESP

Ph.D. in Economics (Environmental Economics), University of Mysore,
Mysore, 2005

Area of Specialisation: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics; Natural Resource Conservation and Management: Forest and Water; Urban Water Supply and Management (Bangalore City); Ecotourism in Protected Areas (Economic Valuation of biodiversity); TRIPs, Biodiversity Conservation and Traditional Environmental Knowledge; Deforestation and Climate Change

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I Maruthi,

Professor, ADRTC

Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Poona, 1994

Area of Specialisation: Rural Sociology


T S Syamala  

Associate Professor, PRC

Ph.D. in Population Studies, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai, 1994

Area of Specialisation: Population and Health, Women and child Health

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Ramappa K B
Associate Professor, ADRTC
in Agribusiness Management from UAS, Dharwad
Area of Specialisation: Agricultural Marketing, Rural Development, Agribusiness, Supply Chain Management, Food retailing.
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S Manasi

Associate Professor, CRUA

Ph.D. Department of Economics, Mysore University, 2002

Area of Specialisation: Urban Governance; Urban Ecology;  Water Resources Management; Waste Management


V Anil Kumar

Associate Professor, CPIGD

Ph.D. University of Delhi

Area of Specialisation:  Policy Processes; Social, Political Theory; Federalism, Devolution; Agrarian Change; Urban and Rural Governance; Development Studies

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B P Vani

Associate Professor, CESP

M.Sc. (Statistics), Bangalore University.

Area of Specialisation: Poverty and Income Distribution


Lekha Subaiya

Assistant Professor, PRC

Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park

Area of Specialisation: Demography and Stratification


M Lingaraju

Assistant Professor, CHRD

Ph.D. in Development Studies, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Mysore, 2004

Area of Specialisation: Migration and Urbanization Studies; Population, Health and Health related Studies


Marchang Reimeingam
Assistant Professor, CSSCD
in Economics, CSRD, JNU, New Delhi
Area of Specialisation: Labour, migration, education, economy and development
Sobin George
Assistant Professor, CSSCD
Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru
University, New Delhi
Area of Specialisation:
Marginalities, Social Gradients of Health, Medical Industry and Labuor Rights
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A V Manjunatha
Assistant Professor, CEENR
Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, Justus Liebig University, Germany
Area of Specialisation: Agricultural water management- water markets, pricing, valuation, pollution; Natural Resource Management - valuation, efficiency, equity, sustainability; Agricultural markets - value chain analysis, transaction costs; Impact analysis of developmental programmes and technology adoption; Energy and climate change in Agriculture -valuation, management

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Malini Laxminarayan Tantri
Assistant Professor, CESP
Ph. D in Economics, Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC),  through Mysore University
Area of Specialisation: Trade and development: Trade policy and trade facilitation; India China studies; Special Economic Zones; Agricultural trade

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M Balasubramanian
Assistant Professor, CEENR
in Environmental Economics from Madurai Kamaraj University
Area of Specialisation:
Green Accounting, Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, Climate Change, Solid Waste Management, Environmental Policy, Sustainable Development and Sustainability, Urban Ecology

Indrajit Bairagya
Assistant Professor, CHRD
Ph.D. in Economics (2012), Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, India.
Area of Specialisation: Informal sector and informal employment, Economics of education, Social cost-benefit analysis
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Channamma Kambara
Assistant Professor, CRUA
Ph.D.  (2011), Kannada University, Hampi
Area of Specialisation: Informal Economy, Gender Studies and Development Studies


Faculty on Contractual Basis

R Manjula
Assistant Professor on contractual basis, CDD
Ph.D. in Economics from University of Mysore, Mysore.
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Ambuja K Tripathy
Assistant Professor on contractual basis, CPIGD
PhD. in Political Science from University of Delhi
Area of Specialisation:  Development Politics, Civil Society, Citizenship Studies






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