Durba Biswas

Fellow, Centre for Environment and Development, ATREE
durba.biswas@atree.org

Research Areas
Water resources economics, economic valuation, institutions, water and gender.

Education
2011. Ph.D. (Environmental Economics), Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore.
2004. M.Sc. (Economics). Madras School of Economics (MSE), Chennai.
2002. B.A. (Economics). Ethiraj College for Women, Madras University, Chennai.

Publications

Journals

Biswas, D. and L. Venkatachalam (2015). “Farmers’ willingness to pay for improved irrigation water– A case study of Malaprabha Irrigation Project in Karnataka, India”. Water Economics and Policy, Vol. 1, No. 1. 24 pages. © World Scientific Publishing Company DOI: 10.1142/S2382624X14500040.

Mukherjee, S. and D. Biswas (2016). "An Enquiry into Equity Impact of Groundwater Markets in the Context of Subsidised Energy Pricing: A Case Study". IIM Kozhikode Society & Management Review. 5(1) 63–73. Sage.

Biswas, D. (2015). “Anchoring effect in the context of a familiar good: case of irrigation water supply in rural India”. Bangladesh Development Studies, Vol. 38, No. 4.

Book Chapters

Biswas, D. and L. Venkatachalam (2016). Economic Analysis of Irrigation Institutions: A Case Study in Environment and Development Essays in Honour of Dr U. Sankar [Eds.] K. R. Shanmugam and K. S. Kavi Kumar. Pp: 267-291. New Delhi: Sage.

Working paper

Biswas, D. and L. Venkatachalam (2010). “Institutions and their Interactions: An Economic Analysis of Irrigation Institution in Malaprabha Dam Project Area, Karnataka, India”. ISEC Working Paper Series, N0. 250.

Conferences

Role of Institutions on Value of Water. Paper presented in World Water Week, Stockholm, Sweden, August 16-20, 2004, Stockholm International Water Institute, Sweden.

Estimation of Economic Value of Irrigation Water. Paper presented in the workshop on Interdisciplinary Research Methodology, January 2008, Madras Institute for Development Studies, Chennai.

Climate Change and Policy Blind-Spots: A Review. Paper presented at Colloquium on Citizen Voices in Environmental Governance. August 23-24, 2012, Public Affairs Centre, Bangalore.

Farmers’ willingness to pay for improved irrigation water– A case study of Malaprabha Irrigation Project in Karnataka, India. Paper presented in international seminar on Natural resources and National Accounts in South Asia, Feburary 5-6, 2015, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore.

Can market based instruments lead to efficient reallocation of canal irrigation water? An exploratory study (with Sarbani Mukherjee). Paper presented in National Development Convention on Resources, Institutions and Development: Contestations and Possibilities in Globalizing India, February 11-12, 2015, Gujarat Institute of Development Studies.

Patterns and drivers of household water consumption in Coimbatore (co-authored with U. Devasenadhipathi [first author], Veena Srinivasan and Sharad Lele). Paper presented at the 8th Biennial Conference of INSEE on the theme of Urbanization and the Environment, January 4-6, 2016, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Inter-and intra-household dynamics of domestic water access in urban slums: A case study of Coimbatore. Paper presented in International Seminar on Anthropology and Global Climate Change: Local Knowledge, Cultural Adaptation and Resilience among the Indigenous Peoples, February 15 – 16, 2016, Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, India.

Invited Talks
Water & Gender: Insights from an Urban Slum Survey. Talk given at NIAS-DST Training Programme for Women Scientists on Science for Progress in India: Focus on Sustainability February 08-12, 2016, Bangalore on 9th Feb, 2016.

Projects
Involved with Adapting to climate change in urbanizing watersheds (ACCUWa). Funded by International Development Research Centre (IDRC). http://www.atree.org/research/ced/lwl/ACCUWa.

Experience

Fellow. July 2015-present. Centre for Environment and Development, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore, India.

Post Doctoral Fellow. June 2013 – July 2015. Centre for Environment and Development, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore, India.

Post Doctoral Associate. December 2012 – May 2013. The School of Social Sciences, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore. Worked under DST Project entitled "Social technological solutions for major water challenges facing India".

Research Associate. January 2012-June 2012. National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research (NCAP), New Delhi.

Consultant Economist. September 2010 – June 2011. International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Colombo, Srilanka and Delhi, India.

Professional Membership
Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE).