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Faculty Profile

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Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan

Primary Areagroup(s):

Social Sciences

Designation:

Associate Professor

Current Areas of Interest:

Economic measurement, sustainable use of resources, energy, water, human development, disarmament, world peace, and socio-political reforms.

hippu@irma.ac.in

Profile Summary
  • Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan is an engineer-turned development researcher with an M.Tech. in Thermal Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and Ph.D. in Development Studies from Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai. Prior to joining IRMA, he was with National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore in the Energy Environment Programme since February 2012. He had industry experience as a software professional at Infosys Limited, Bangalore (during 1998-99) and Geometric Global, Mumbai (during 2001-04). As a part of civil society interventions through Peoples Foundation for Scientific Socio Economic Development (PeFSSED; www.pefssed.org), he has been involved in education, health, and livelihood issues in urban slums and remote villages of Maharashtra, Odisha, and Uttar Pradesh.

    Dr. Nathan has won the Elsevier-National Academy of Sciences, India Young Scientist Award 2017 in Social Sciences. He was the Subir Chowdhury Post-doctoral Fellow at the London School of Economics for the academic year 2016-17. Montreal during 2019. Dr. Nathan is also one of the winners in the GDN Awards and Medals Competition 2013 in the category of Outstanding Research on Development. He is a recipient of Young Scientist Award conferred at Odisha Environment Congress-2012. In the doctoral years, his research papers have received best paper awards in four colloquiums: Doctoral Colloquim-2010 (IIM, Ahmedabad), COSMAR-2007 and 2008 (IISc, Bangalore), and SCODER-2007 (IGIDR, Mumbai). Dr. Nathan's most significant research contributions are 'Conceptualized and developed frameworks for both, structuring and selection of sustainable development indicators'; in a co-authored works he proposed an alternative approach to measure human development index and conceived a novel method to assess energy poverty.

    For details of his work, see - http://works.bepress.com/hippu.

Awards

    • NASI Scopus Young Scientist Award - 2017 in Social Sciences by Elsevier and National Academy of Science India (NASI) conferred on Oct 31, 2017 at New Delhi The award is given on the basis of overall quality and number of publications, nature and uniqueness of research, outcomes of research, impact on society, and vision of the researcher.
    • International Fellowship Award from Urban Studies Foundation: Awarded a six-month fellowship (2018-2019) for the proposal - Urban Sustainability frameworks: Case of Mumbai Transportation battleground - at the McGill University, Montreal.
    • Subir Chowdhury Fellowship on Quality and Economics 2016, London School of Economics and Political Science. The study proposal accepted for this fellowship is entitled as - Energy Poverty and Quality of Life in India: A household-level analysis.
    • Best Paper Award at IPE Golden Jubilee International Conference on Climate Change and Sustainable Development: Global Perspective, at Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad, February 20-21, 2014 for the paper - Mumbai Public Road Transport at Crossroads: Will it Perish or Prosper? - With Lakshmikanth Hari, Dhruv Sanghavi, & Arif Virani.
    • Second runner up in the category of Outstanding Research in Development for the research proposal - Inclusiveness of Human Development in India - in Global Development Awards and Medals Competition hosted by Global Development Network (GDN). This proposal topped amongst all the proposals received under the theme Inclusive Growth. Presented the proposal at 14th Annual Global Development Conference at Asian Development Bank Headquarters, Manila, Philippines, Jun 19-21, 2013. The proposal was jointly developed with Dr Srijit Mishra.
    • Young Scientist Award at Odisha Environment Congress (OEC) - 2012 for the paper titled - Pipeline Politics - Study of India's Proposed Cross Border Gas Projects, organized jointly by Human Development Foundation (HDF), Bhubaneswar, Centre for Environment and Development (CED), Tiruvananthapuram, and Regional Museum of Natural History (RMNH), Govt. of India held at RMNH, Bhubaneswar, Dec 2012. The paper was co-authored with Sanket S Kulkarni and Dilip R Ahuja.
    • Best Paper Award in Doctoral Colloquim-2010 (in Advanced Papers category) for the paper titled -Gender-based Indicators in Human Development: Correcting for Missing Women, at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, Jan 2010.
    • Best Paper Award (first prize) in COSMAR-08 for the paper titled - Gender-based Indicators in Human Development: Correcting for Missing Women, at Dept of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, Nov 2008.
    • Best Paper Award (first prize) in COSMAR-07, for the paper titled - An Alternative Approach to Measure HDI, at Dept of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Dec 2007.
    • Best Paper Award (first prize) in SCODER-07, for the paper titled - An Alternative Approach to Measure HDI, at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai, Sep 2007
    • M Tech thesis got nominated from IIT Delhi for Inter IIT Innovation Potential of Students Projects Award - 2001.

Academics

    • Ph.D. in Development Studies (2011), Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai. Thesis title: Indicators of Sustainable Resource Use and Human Development.
    • Master of Technology (M.Tech.) (2001) in Thermal Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. Thesis title: Design and Fabrication of Test Facility to Collect Dust Particles through Spray Water.
    • Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) (1998) in Mechanical Engineering, University College of Engineering (UCE). (Sambalpur University, Odisha).
    • +2 Science (1994), BJB College, Bhubaneswar.
    • Matriculation (1992) at Govt. High School, Unit-1, Bhubaneswar. 
    • Full course: Development Organizations and Interventions (under the Fellow Program on Rural Management (FPRM)), Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), Jan-Apr 2019 (continuing).
    • Full course: Dimensions of Poverty and Development (under the Area course in FPRM), IRMA, Jan-Apr 2019 (continuing).
    • Full course: Development, Displacement, and Migration (under the Area course in FPRM), IRMA, Jan-Apr 2019 (continuing).
    • Full course: Measuring Development (under the Foundation Course), National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore Aug-Dec 2017; 2018 (Aug-Oct, 2018).
    • Part course: Four lectures on the module Measuring Human and Sustainable Development under the UGC-Refresher Course for Assistant Professors at UGC-Human Resource Development Center, Utkal University, Vanivihar, Bhubaneswar during 26-27 September 2018.
    • Part course: Four lectures on the sub-topics Frameworks for measuring sustainability and Indicators of sustainability under the course - Managing Technology for Sustainability at Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore in Feb-Mar 2018; Jan-Feb, 2017; Mar-Apr, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012. The course was floated by Dr. P. Balachandra.
    • Part course: Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources - Policies and Practices in the Indian context, NIAS, Bangalore Aug-Dec 2017. The course was floated by Prof. R. Srikanth.
    • Part course: Energy Systems and Sustainability at Center for Sustainable Technologies, IISc, Bangalore in Aug-Dec 2017. The course was floated by Prof. S Dasappa and Dr. P. Balachandra.
    • Guest lecture: Lecture on the topic - Powerful Application of Simple Mathematics in Development Research: How I Stumbled Upon It - to the faculty and students at the Department of Mathematics, Christ University, Bangalore, on Feb 15, 2017.
    • Part course: Lecture on the sub-topic - Sustainable development under the Foundation Course at NIAS, Bangalore in Nov 10, 2016.
    • Guest lecture: Lecture on the topic Energy access and energy poverty: Concepts and insights on measurements - to the first year MBA students, Acharya Bangalore Business School, Bangalore on Sep 16, 2016.
    • Part course: Lecture on the sub-topic - Data Gathering and Survey Design - under the Data module in the Research Methodology Course at NIAS, Bangalore on Mar 01, 2016; Mar 10, 2015.
    • Part course: Lecture on the topic - Understanding energy sustainability - under the Energy Environment Policy Programme module in the Foundation Course at NIAS, Bangalore on Nov 17, 2015.
    • Part course: Lecture on the topic - Energy access and Energy poverty - under the Course Energy Systems: Technology and Policy at NIAS, Bangalore on Nov 04, 2015.
    • Guest lecture: Lecture on the topic - Rural lighting through solar options? expectations and realities - at Department of Economics, School of Graduate Studies, Jain University, Bangalore on Jul 24, 2015.
    • Part course: Lecture on the sub-topic - Sustainability of resource use and human development - under the broader theme of Natural resources and social questions in Foundation Course at NIAS, Bangalore in Oct 15, 2013.
    • Guest lecture: Lecture on the topic - Technology: diffusion, sustainability, and human development - as a part of guest lecture to Management students at Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management, Mangalore, in Nov 09, 2012
    • Guest lecture: Lecture on the topic - India's Power Poverty: Poverty of Ideas - to Mechanical Engineering students at Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management, Mangalore, in Nov 09, 2012.
    • Part course: Two lectures under the course - Sustainable Energy Systems at NIAS, Bangalore during Mar-Apr 2012.
    • Part course: Lecture on sub-topic - Technology: diffusion, sustainability, and human development under Foundation Course at NIAS, Bangalore in Oct 2012.
    • Full course: Development Economics at School of Business Management, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies for PTMBA SE, II Yr, Tri IV for the academic year 2011-12.
    • Part course: To Postgraduate students of Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai: Energy portion in the course Energy and Environment for the academic year 2005-06.
    • Teaching Assistant: TA to Energy and Environment course at IGIDR for both the semesters in academic years- 2005-06, 2006-07.

MDP-Coordinated

  • Measuring Development, (July 4 - 5, 2019)

MDP-Instructed

  • Faculty Development Programme on Contemporary Management of Public Systems, (May 30 - June 3, 2019)

Journals

    • "A MANUSH or HUMANS Characterisation of the Human Development Index", Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 398-495, 2018. Jointly with Srijit Mishra. [full text]
    • "Towards sustainable development: planning surface coal mine closures in India", Contemporary Social Science, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 30-43, 2018, Academy of Social Sciences. Jointly with R. Srikanth. [full text]
    • "Group differential for attainment and failure", Journal of International Development, Vol. 29, No. 4, pp. 520-532, 2017 (First published online: 29 January 2013). Jointly with Srijit Mishra. [full text]
    • "Social dimension  of India's Energy Future", RITES Journal. Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 12.1-12.20, Jan, 2016. Jointly with Baldev Raj and TS Gopi Rethinaraj. [full text]
    • "India's 100GW of solar by 2022 - Pragmatism or Targetitis", Economic and Political Weekly. Vol. L, No. 50, pp. 10-14, Dec 12, 2015. [full text]
    • "The Elephant and the Tiger: Energy Security, Geopolitics, and National Strategy in China and India's Cross Border Gas Pipelines", Energy Research and Social Science, Vol. 11, pp. 183-194, 2016. Jointly with Sanket S. Kulkarni. [full text]
    • "Solar energy for Rural Electricity in India - A Misplaced Emphasis", Economic and Political Weekly. Vol. XLIX, No. 50, pp. 60-67, Dec 13, 2014. [full text]
    • "Pipeline Politics - Study of India's Proposed Cross Border Gas Projects". Energy Policy, Vol. 62, pp. 145-156, Nov 2013. Jointly with Sanket S. Kulkarni and Dilip R. Ahuja. [full text]
    • "Urban Transport Sustainability Indicators - Application of Multi-view Black-box (MVBB) Framework", International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 285-312, 2013. Jointly with B. Sudhakara Reddy. [full text]
    • "Energy in the Development Strategy of Indian Households - The Missing Half", Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. Vol. 18, pp.203-210, Feb 2013. Jointly with B. Sudhakara Reddy. [full text]
    • "Towards a Conceptual Framework for Development of Sustainable Development Indicators for an Urban Set Up", International Journal of Sustainable Development. Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 187-205, 2012. Jointly with B. Sudhakara Reddy. [full text]
    • "Criteria Selection for Sustainable Development Indicators", International Journal of Multicriteria Decision Making. Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 257-279, 2011.  Jointly with B. Sudhakara Reddy. [full text]
    • "Progress in Human Development - Are We on the Right Path?" International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 199-221, 2010. Jointly with Srijit Mishra. [full text]
    • "Commercialization of Sustainable Energy Technologies", 2010, Renewable Energy, Vol. 35, No. 8, pp. 1842-1851, Aug, 2010. Jointly with P. Balachandra and B. Sudhakara Reddy. [full text]
    • "Universalization of Access to Modern Energy Services in Indian Households - Economic and policy analysis", Energy Policy, Vol. 37, No. 11, pp. 4645-4657, 2009. Jointly with B. Sudhakara Reddy and P. Balachandra. [full text]

     

Conferences

Research Paper Presentations
    • Renewable Microgrid Workshop: "Strategies for successful renewable based community microgrid", held at ECE, IISc, Bangalore; May 04, 2018.
    • CSCS (Centre for the Study of Contemporary Societies) National Conference on Transforming Odisha: Policies, Institutions and Innovations: "A measure of children’s health using distance method: Application to different regional and socio-economic groups in Odisha" at KIIT Convention Center, Bhubaneswar during 03 Mar - 04 Mar 2018.
    • AIEFS (Association of Indian Economic and Financial Studies) 22nd Biennial Conference 2017: "Substitutes and complements - the curious case of poverty measure" at Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies, Bhubaneswar during 31 July - 01 Aug 2017.
    • Quest for Equity: Reclaming social justice; Revisiting Ambedkar (Dr. BR Ambedkar International Conference): presented paper "A new PR system of election: Proposal for Political Justice in India" at University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, Jul 21- 23, 2017. 
    • LSME International Conference on Responsible Research and Transformation in Education 2017: presented a paper "Correcting for 'missing women' in Gender Development Indicators: Responsible application of simple mathematics in development studies" at Grange City Hotel, London, April 05, 2017.
    • HDCA (Human Development and Capability Association) 2016 Annual Conference on Capability and Diversity in a Global Society - paper presentation "Dying in Silence: A Study on Mortality-Morbidity Gap in India" - at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, on Sep 01-03, 2016.
    • 8th INSEE (Indian Society for Ecological Economics) 2016 - paper presentation "Urban Energy Poverty in different states of India: A household level analysis", organized by Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Jan 04-06, 2016.
    • HDCA (Human Development and Capability Association) 2015 Annual Conference on Capabilities on the Move: Mobility and Aspirations - paper presentation "Inclusiveness of human development in India" - at Georgetown University, Washington DC, on Sep 10-13, 2015.
    • Conference on Myanmar at the crossroads: Current realities, challenges and opportunities - paper presentation "Indo-Myanmar Electricity Cooperation: Prospects and Challenges", organized by International strategic security studies programme, NIAS, Bangalore, Jul 20-22, 2015.
    • International symposium in Microgrid - paper presentation "Solar Microgrid in India - different perspectives" at the National Institute Engineering, Mysore, May 15-16, 2015.
    • HDCA (Human Development and Capability Association) 2014 Annual Conference on Human Development in Times of Crisis: Renegotiating social justice- paper presentation "Gender-based Indicators in Human Development: Correcting for 'Missing Women'" - at President Hotel, Athens, Greece, on Sep 02-05, 2014.
      2nd CUTS (Consumer Unity and Trust Society) International Conference on Regional Cooperation for Energy Security in South Asia - keynote presentation "Think global act regional - Setting the agenda through Global grid" - at Hotel Hindustan International, Kolkata, on Aug 07-08, 2014.
    • 26th International Summer Symposium on Science and World Affairs - presented the paper "Key to Global Arms Control through Determinants of Arms Trade" - at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, Jul 25 - Aug 01, 2014.
    • IPE Golden Jubilee International Conference on Climate and Sustainable Development - coauthors presented the paper "Mumbai Public Road Transport at Crossroads: Will it Perish or Prosper?" - at Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad, on Feb 20-21, 2014. This paper is one of the three papers which received the Best Paper Award in the conference.
    • IWRM-2014 (Integrated Water Resource Management - 2014) - presented the coauthored paper "Water and Sanitation Literacy through Women Self-Help Groups (SHGs) in Marginalized Areas - Enabling the 'Water Users' to 'Water Entrepreneurs'" - organized by Center for Water Resource Development and Management (CWRDM), held at CWRDM, Calicut, on Feb 19-21, 2014.
    • IWRM-2014 - presented the coauthored paper "Is roof water harvesting an answer to urban water crisis? - A case study of Bangalore" - organized by Center for Water Resource Development and Management (CWRDM), held at CWRDM, Calicut, on Feb 19-21, 2014.
    • National Seminar on "Agricultural Risk Management: Challenges and Strategies in Making Small and Marginal Farm Holdings Sustainable and Profitable" - presented the paper "Towards measuring RRA's interventions in rainfed areas" - organized jointly by National Institute of Rural development and Centre of Good Governance (CGG), held at CGG, Hyderabad, on Jan 03-04, 2014.
    • 4th National Research Conference on Climate Change (2013) - presented the paper "Solar PV microgrid: 'tragedy of commons' or 'community wisdom - A case study of electrification projects in Komna" - held at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai, Oct 26-27, 2013.
    • 3rd National Research Conference on Climate Change (2012) - presented the paper "Can India go Nuclear Energy Free - the Pathways and Aftermaths" - held at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, Nov 03-04, 2012.
    • BIWAES-2012 (8th Biennial International Workshop in Advanced Energy Studies - 2012) - presented the paper "Pipeline politics - study of India's proposed cross border gas projects" - held at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai, Oct 25-27, 2012.
    • URBIO-2012 (Urban Biodiversity Conference - 2012) - presented the paper "Towards a Set of Urban Biodiversity Indicators for Indian Cities" - held at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Oct 08-12, 2012.
      URBIO-2012 - presented the paper "Urban Water Bodies - Tale of Two Cities" - held at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Oct 08-12, 2012.
    • URBIO-2012 - presented the paper "Food Security in context of Urban Biodiversity: An Indian Dimension" - held at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Oct 08-12, 2012.
    • Inside China (Second Annual Conference - 2012) - presented the paper "China's Path Towards Democracy: Prospects and Challenges" - held at India Habitat Centre (IHC) in New Delhi, by Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies(IPCS), New Delhi, Sep 08, 2012.
    • PPG-2012(International Conference on Public Policy and Governance - 2012) - presented the paper "Measuring poverty - Do we need to cut the cake in two haves?" - held at Dept of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, Sep 04-06, 2012.
    • National Seminar on Contemporary Nonviolent Movements in India and Abroad - 2012 - presented the paper "World Government for World Peace: A Gandhian agenda for research and activism" - held at School of Gandhian Thought and Development Studies, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, Aug 23-24, 2012.
    • ISC-2011 (98th Indian Science Congress-2011) - participated as a symposia speaker on "Higher Education - Mismatch in Demand and Supply", at SRM University, Chennai, Jan 3-7, 2011.
    • Doctoral Colloquium -2010 (IIM, Ahmedabad) - presented the paper "Gender-based Indicators in Human Development: Correcting for Missing Women" - held at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Jan 08-09, 2010.
    • CDE Winter School-2009 (DSE) - presented the paper "Measurement of Group Differential: A Formal Treatment for Two Group Case" - held at Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi, Dec 11-14, 2009.
    • QAPP-09 (Quantitative Approaches to Public Policy - 2009) - presented the paper "Gender Development Index: Two Corrections" - held at Center on Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore, Aug 11-12, 2009.
    • COSMAR-08 (8th International Consortium of Students in Management Research) - presented the paper "Gender-based Indicators in Human Development: Correcting for Missing Women" - held at Dept of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, Nov 20-21, 2008.
    • TIES-08 (44th Annual Conference of The Indian Econometric Society) - presented the paper "An alternative approach to measure HDI" - held at Department of Economics, University of Hyderabad, Jan 03-05, 2008.
    • COSMAR-07 (7th International Consortium of Students in Management Research) - presented the paper "An Alternative Approach to Measure HDI" - held at Dept of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, Dec 12-13, 2007.
    • SCODER-07 (Students Colloquium on Development Research - 2007) - presented the paper "A Framework for SDIs for Urban Resource Dynamics in Mumbai" - held at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai, Sep 28-29, 2007.
    • SCODER-07 (Students Colloquium on Development Research - 2007) - presented the paper "An Alternative Approach to Measure HDI" - held at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai, Sep 28-29, 2007.
    • ICHE-07 (International conference on Higher Education-2007) - presented the paper "Higher Education - Mismatch in Demand and Supply", at Centre for Continuing Education (CCE), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, Jul 12-14, 2007.
Research Poster Presentations
    • HDCA (Human Development and Capability Association) 2014 Annual Conference on Human Development in Times of Crisis: Renegotiating social justice- poster presentation "Measuring poverty: Do we need to cut the cake in two parts" - at President Hotel, Athens, Greece, on Sep 02-05, 2014.
    • 4th National Research Conference on Climate Change (2013) - presented the poster "Solar PV for rural electricity - A misplaced emphasis for mitigating climate change" -held at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai, Oct 26-27, 2013.
    • 3rd National Research Conference on Climate Change (2012) - presented the poster "Assessment of Electrification Projects in India's Remote Villages where Grid-extension is Infeasible" - held at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, Nov 03-04, 2012.

Cases/ Books / Articles / Book Chapters

Book Chapters
    • Correcting for Missing Women in Gender Development Indicators: Responsible Application of Simple Mathematics in Development Studies", In Ravi Kumar et al. (eds.), Responsible Research and Transformation in Education Chapter D1-5, pp. 204-227, 2018; London: London School of Management Education.[full text of the book]
    • "Towards measuring interventions in rainfed areas", In J. Devi Prasad, B. Gangaiah and K. Suman Chandra (eds.) Agricultural Risk Management, Chapter 17, pp. 274-293, 2015; Hyderabad: PharmaMed Press/BS Publications. Jointly with Rajendra and Srijit Mishra. [full text of the book]
    • "Self Help Group (SHGs) - A Medium of Water Management and Conflict Resolution", In N. Shantha Mohan and Sailen Routray (eds.) Sharing Blue Gold: Locating water conflicts in India, NIAS Books and Special Publications No. SP6-2015, Chapter 10, pp. 183-198, 2015, Bangalore: NIAS. Jointly with Jayasree V. [full text of the book]
    • "Emerging Energy insecurity - the Indian Dimension", In Nachane, D.M. (ed.) India Development Report 2011, Chapter 14, Page 135-150, 2011; New Delhi: Oxford University Press. Jointly with B. Sudhakara Reddy. [full text of the book]
    • "Energy for High Humane and Low Carbon Future", In J. Ramos-Martin, M. Giampietro, S. Ulgiati, and S.G.F. Bukkens (eds.), Can we break the addiction to fossil energy? pp. 39-47, 2011; Barcelona: Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Jointly with B. Sudhakara Reddy. [full text of the book]
    • "On measuring group differential: some further results", In Himanshu Sekhar Rout and Prasant Kumar Panda (eds.), Human Development: Dimensions and Strategies, Chapter 3, pp. 54-61, 2009; New Delhi: New Century Publications. Jointly with Srijit Mishra. [full text to the earlier working paper]
    • "Indo-Myanmar Electricity Cooperation: Prospects and Challenges", In Mayilvaganan M. (ed.) Myanmar at the crossroads (tentative title), Routledge. Jointly with Sanket S. Kulkarni. (forthcoming)
Commentaries
    • "India can learn from Bhutan's happiness in electricity for all", Qrius (formerly The Indian Economist), May 08, 2017. Jointly with Baldev Raj.(link)
    • "Can energy equality improve India's human development index?", Qrius (formerly The Indian Economist), Dec 11, 2016. Jointly with Baldev Raj (link)
    • "Undimmed: Nurturing Indian solar-power technology within the strictures of the WTO", The Caravan, Apr 2016, pp. 22-24. Jointly with Manmeet Singh. [text]
    • "Equal democracy: election system needs change", Janata, Vol. 70, No. 45, pp. 16-19, 13 Dec 2015. [text]
    • "The other house: why legislative councils serve little purpose", The Caravan, Jul 2015, pp. 5-7. [text]
    • "Solar Energy: Urban first and Rural later" SANDEE blog, Mar 22, 2015. (link)
    • "Global grid - Harnessing Green Power Round the Clock" Geopolitics, Vol. V, No. I, Aug 2014, pp. 71-73. [text]
Popular Press and Others
    • "The rising girl power in India", My voice, May 17, 2017. (link)
    • "Energy Conservation Day: Symbolism doesn't pay" The Pioneer, Dec 20, 2014. [text]
    • "India polls: Choosing none of the above" Al Jazeera, Apr 5, 2014. (link)
    • "The two-seat solution" The Indian Express, Mar 31, 2014. (link) [text]
    • "Uttarakhand Tragedy - the question one prefers to ignore" Humanist Outlook, Vol. 13, No. 9, Autumn 2013, pp. 290-292. [text]
    • "Science and non-Science" Science Reporter, (October 2013) Vol. 50, No. 10, p.41. (link)
    • "Reducing wastage of food is key to saving environment" Deccan Herald, Jun 5, 2013. [text]
    • "World Government - Why and How", In GAM Souvenir, Jan 2013, VSSUT, Odisha. [text]
    • "Address people 'right'ly", The Hans India, Dec 11, 2012. [text]
    • "Gandhi's Ideas on World Government", The Hans India, Oct 2, 2012. [text]
    • "Blind beliefs - the other name of unfreedom", 2012, Anti-Caste Marriage One-Child Family Organization of India (AMOFOI) Year Book, AMOFOI, Odisha.
    • "The Beauty of Ownership", In Karika 2009-10, IGIDR Newsletter, Page 10-11, IGIDR, Mumbai. [text]
    • "Dichotomy", In Karika 2007-08, IGIDR Newsletter, Page 6-7, IGIDR, Mumbai. [text]
    • "AMOFOI: Fighting Caste and Religious Bigotry in India", International Humanist News (IHN), Page 15, February 2003, International Humanist Ethical Union (IHEU), London. [text]
    • "Humanist Work: A Spark", The Worldwide (Scientific Outlook and Uniform Civil and Criminal Code), Page 93-94, 2003, AMOFOI Year Book, AMOFOI, Odisha.
    • "War, Kashmir, and World Government", The Worldwide (Scientific Outlook and Uniform Civil and Criminal Code), 2002, Page 125?127, AMOFOI Year Book, AMOFOI, Odisha. [text]

Other Publications

Letters/Correspondence
  • "Indivisible Morality" - Comment #68069 on "Intrinsic honesty and the prevalence of rule violations across societies", by Simon Gachter & Jonathan F. Schulz, Nature 531, 496-499. Published on 11 Apr, 2016. Jointly with Venkat Posina Rayudu. [text]

Other Activities

Talks
    1. Talk on "Universal energy access: strategies for rural India" in the track on Energy, Water, & Sanitation at the National Seminar on "Transforming Rural India 2030: Strategies for Sustainable Development Goals" organized by Symbiosis School of Economics and Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB) of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) Pune, in collaboration with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development held at SIIB, Pune, Jan 18, 2019.
    2. Invited expert talk on "Sustainability of Solar Microgrid and Home-lighting Systems" at the IEEE Power and Energy Society Student Congress 2018 held at BEC, Bagalkot, Karnataka, Nov 2, 2018.
    3. Invited Speaker at the Global Conclave - "Kalahandi Dialogue": Spoke in the session 'Youth on new development agenda' on the topic of 'New idea in political leadership' on 29 October 2018; conclave held at College of Agriculture, Bhawanipatna, Kalahandi, Odisha during 28 to 30 September 2018.
    4. Invited Talk "Simple Yet Powerful Ideas for India's Power Sector" in Dept. of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, PSCMR College of Engg. & Tech., Vijayawada, Dec 8, 2017.
    5. Invited Talk "Measuring energy poverty and promoting solar PV electricity in India" in Dept. of Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, PVP Siddhartha Institute of Technology, Vijayawada, Dec 8, 2017.
    6. Talk on the topic "Simple ideas on Energy" to the students at Jammu University during the National Conference on Climate change and sustainable development: Perspectives and transformational challenges organized jointly by Department of Law, University of Jammu and CEERA, National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, Nov 07-08, 2017.
    7. NIAS Wednesday Talk - presented the paper "Substitutes and complements - the curious case of poverty measure" - held at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, Oct 4, 2017.
    8. Seminar Talk- "Rural lighting through Solar PV - A supply-side analysis of home lighting systems in Karnataka, India", Organized by Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK, May 19, 2017.
    9. Seminar Talk - "On human development index (HDI) - the old, the new, & the elegant", Organized by Department of Economics and Department of Social and Policy Science, University of Bath, Bath, UK, May 17, 2017.
    10. Seminar Talk - "Dying in Silence: A Study on Mortality-Morbidity Gap in India", (a paper with Dr. Tulika Tripathi) Organized by Faculty of Education and Humanities, University of Northampton, Northampton, UK, May 15, 2017. 
    11. India Observatory Seminar - "Energy Poverty: Concepts, Measurement and Impacts on Quality of life", Organized by India Observatory, London School of Economics and Political Science, on May 10, 2017.
    12. Seminar Talk - "Energy access and energy poverty: Some Concepts and insights on measurement", Organized by Center of Development Studies, University of Cambridge, UK, May 02, 2017.
    13. NIAS Wednesday Talk - presented the paper "Dying in Silence: A Study on Mortality-Morbidity Gap in India" (a paper with Dr. Tulika Tripathi) - held at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, Feb 1, 2017.
    14. Invited talk on "Sustainability of Urban Transportation Systems" at the Faculty Development Programme (Recent Advancements in Transportation Engineering), Department of Civil Engineering, Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, on Jan 20, 2017.
    15. Invited talk on "Innovations in the Energy Environment Policy Programme at NIAS" at the Faculty Development Programme (Energy conservation and Management), College of Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar, on Sep 22, 2016.
    16. ADBI Seminar talk "Energy Access and Energy Poverty: Concepts and Insights on Measurements" at Asia Development Bank Institute, Tokyo, Aug 31, 2016.
    17. GIDR discussion series talk "Energy Access and Energy Poverty: Some Concepts and Insights on Measurements" at Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad, Jul 22, 2016.
    18. Invited talk "Urban Energy Poverty in India: Towards a new methodological framework" at CUTS International, Jaipur, Mar 16, 2016.
    19. Pre-dinner talk at Institute of Social and Economic Change (ISEC, Bangalore) on "Solar PV for rural electricity in India: Current realities, challenges and opportunities" - presentation to research scholars of ISEC, Bangalore, Mar 03, 2016.
    20. Chair at the session on "Innovation and Technologies for Energy" in the Indo-French College de France Innovation Workshop on "Innovation: Technological, Political and Societal dimensions", held at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore (Feb 24-25, 2016)
    21. Invited talk "Solar PV for Electricity in India - lessons for Myanmar" at the Yangon University, Yangon, Myanmar organized by the Physics Department and University Research Center of Yangon University, Dec 21, 2015.
    22. Special talk on the topic "Simple ideas on Energy" in the Exposure Program for Students of North East at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, Dec 15, 2015.
    23. Seminar talk "Energy Access and Energy Poverty: Some concepts and insights on measurements" at the Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies, Bhubaneswar on Dec 05, 2015.
    24. NIAS Wednesday Talk - presented the paper "Urban Energy Poverty in different states of India: A household level analysis" (a paper with Dr. Lakshmikanth Hari) - held at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, Oct 7, 2015.
    25. NIAS Wednesday Talk - presented the paper "Rural lighting through Solar PV - A supply side analysis of home lighting systems in Karnataka, India"- held at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, Mar 11, 2015.
    26. Invited as Chair at the National Seminar on "Gender Budgeting in India: Emerging Issues and Challenges" held at Acharya Bangalore B School, Bangalore on Dec 5-6, 2014.
    27. Invited as a discussant in the National Seminar on Social Innovation, organised by Indian Institute of Management Ahmadabad in collaboration with National Innovation Foundation, International Longevity Centre - India, SRISTI, and other honey bee network partners held at Yashada, Pune on Nov 17, 2014. Spoke about NIAS Innovations in Energy Environment Policy Programme.
    28. NIAS Wednesday Talk (2013) - presented a coauthored paper "Measure of human development index (HDI) - the old, the new, & the elegant"- held at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, Mar 13, 2013.
    29. "Indicator Development - frameworks and methods" as a part of workshop by ResRA (RRA network) at Center for Economic and Social Studies (CESS), Hyderabad, on Jan 25, 2013.
    30. Invited for a valedictory talk on "Experiments with Science" at Golden Jublee Science Exhibition at Gora Science Center, Vijayawada on Dec 05, 2012.
    31. Invited talk: on Engineering as a career option entitled 'Engineering: A giant step in an Unknown direction' to the first-year engineering students of Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management, Mangalore, in Nov 09, 2012 Also conducted a session.
    32. Invited for a talk on "CDM for India's Energy Security - universalization and low carbon future" at Green Industrial Evolution, India - 2010, Black 2 Green- an Industrial Summit, at Orchid, Mumbai, Organized by Helping Hand Foundation, Jan 14, 2010.
    33. Invited for a valedictory talk on "Energy for Everybody: Strategies and Policies" at National Youth Seminar on "Green Energy Solutions meeting Global Concerns", conducted by Green Energy Initiatives of Maris Stella (GEMS 2009), Sponsored by UGC, Nov 19-20, 2009.
    34. Invited for a lecture on Alternative Technology in Domestic Energy in the Energy Workshop in NK Varadkar Arts, RV Belose Commerce College, Dapoli, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, Jan 27-28, 2006.
Workshop/Course Participation (selected ones)
    1. Completed the noncredit course "Social Norms, Social Change I" authorized jointly by University of Pennsylvania and UNICEF (instructor Prof. Cristina Bicchieri) offered through Coursera in December 2018. 
    2. Jury member at the regional level (Gujarat, Rajasthan and Daman & Diu) for the National Entrepreneurship Awards instituted by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to honor outstanding young first-generation entrepreneurs and their Ecosystem Builders , Institute of Rural Management, Anand, Dec 03, 2018.
    3. Participant in NIAS-DST workshop on "Optimal Electricity Mix for India - Glide Path for India’s Power Sector" held at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, Nov 20, 2018.
    4. Participant in NIAS-MOES workshop on "Earth and Human Systems: Understanding the interaction" held at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, Aug 14, 2018.
    5. Academician/expert member (on Indicators) for finalization of State Indicators for SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all" on 25th July 2018 at M.S Building, Planning Department, Govt. of Karnataka.
    6. Diagnostic Panel member at Startup Oasis Evaluation of two startups: 'School Connect' and "Best of the Bump" at Startup Oasis Head Office, Jaipur, 22 Mar 2017.
    7. Panel speaker at the 3rd Idea Conclave for Better Bengaluru" on Challenges, gaps, and role of active citizen in Sustainable transformation of Bengaluru at Satish Dhawan Auditorium, IISc 14 Oct 2017.
    8. Roundtable discussant at Vision 2025: Invitation for Sector Consultation Workshop on (i) Urban Development, Transport and Renewable Energy Sector on Sep 27, 2017 (ii) Urban Infrastructure & Energy Sector on Sep 22 , 2017, at JW Marriott Hotel, UB City - Bengaluru.
    9. Urban Policy Dialogue 2016 Sustainable Development Goals and Urban India, was part of the deliberating panel on 'Energy' at Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS), Bangalore, Nov 10-11, 2016
    10. The 5th Global Conference of the Initiative on Climate Adaptation Research and Understanding through the Social Sciences (ICARUS), Climate Social Science: Towards a transformative science of climate change, at Indian School of Business, June 30 - July 2, 2016.
    11. Roundtable workshop on "Renewable Energy: Policy Creation, Implementation and Efficacy" organized by King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center held at Jaipur, Mar 14, 2016.
    12. A Stakeholders Consultations Workshop on policy framework for achieving the ambitious targets of renewables and nuclear power at Windsor Manor, “Windsor Square", Bangalore on 13th Oct - 14th Oct 2015.
    13. OPHI (Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative) Summer School 2015 on Multidimensional Poverty Analysis held at Georgetown University, Georgetown, Washington DC, 3rd Aug - 15th Aug 2015.
    14. A Solar xChange Workshop on "Indian and South Asian experience of implementing community solar power plants" jointly organized by The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) and University of Oslo at TERI Southern Regional Centre, Bangalore on 21st Apr 2015.
    15. A roundtable on "'Make in India for a Solar India: The need to boost R&D and local manufacturing in the Solar PV sector" organized jointly by National Centre for Photovoltaic Research & Education (IIT Bombay) and Observer Research Foundation Mumbai at IIT Mumbai on 18th Apr 2015.
    16. 26th International Summer Symposium on Science and World Affairs held at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 25th Jul - 1st Aug 2014.
    17. 15th GDN (Global Development Network) Annual conference held at Accra, Ghana, from 18th - 20th Jun 2014.
    18. Research and Training workshop (28th) of SANDEE (South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics) held at Druk Hotel, Thimpu, Bhutan, from 16th - 20th Jun 2014.
    19. Winter School in Environment and Resource Economics, by South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics held at Godavari Resort, Kathmandu, Nepal, from 4th - 13th Mar 2014.
    20. Tata Energy Research Institute Workshop on Mini-Grid Development for Livelihood Generation Opportunities, Shared experience in the breakaway working group discussion on ‘Institutional and operational challenges in implementation of decentralized electricity solutions’ - held at Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, Jan 3, 2014.
    21. Research and Training workshop (27th) of SANDEE (South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics) held at Gokarna Forest Resort, Kathmandu, Nepal, from 9th - 14th Dec 2013.
    22. Cost Benefit Analysis Course, by South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics held at at Gokarna Forest Resort, Kathmandu, Nepal, from 6th - 8th Dec 2013.
    23. Silver Jubilee Conference on Cities and Sustainability held at Indira Gandhi Institute of Advanced Studies (IGIDR) in Mumbai, India from 29 - 30 Oct 2013.
    24. Silver Jubilee Conference on Human Development held at Indira Gandhi Institute of Advanced Studies (IGIDR) in Mumbai, India from 26 - 28 Sep 2013.
    25. Orientation Programme for the empanelled NGOs/NPOs under Rural Area Energy Access Programme of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy - participated on behalf of NIAS, held at India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, on 16 Sep 2013.   
    26. Research and Training workshop (26th) of SANDEE (South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics) held at The Tide Resort, Baeng Saen, Thailand from 19-23 Jun 2013.
    27. Communications Surgery for Awards & Medals Finalists of GDN (Global Development Network) under 4th Annual Global Development Conference on Inequality, Social Protection and Inclusive Growth at Asian Development Bank (ADB) Head Quarters, Manila, Philippines, Jun 19-21, 2013.
    28. SANDEE-Summer School in Environmental and Resource Economics, 2013 (South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics) held at Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok, Thailand from 29th April - 17th May 2013.
    29. A workshop on "Solar photovoltaics for off-grid electricity access in rural India", organized by Imperial College London in collaboration with Divecha Centre for Climate Change, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, on 14th Jan 2013.
    30. Training Course on "Mapping Essentials" by Gubbi labs aiming at equipping the participants with the essentials of mapping offering insights and hands-on exposure to working with various free-and-open-source mapping applications. The workshop was held at National Institute of Advanced studies (NIAS), Bangalore from 9th - 10th Aug 2012. The workshop
    31. Training Course on "Understanding Conflict and Conflict Analysis" by United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Delhi Policy Group (DPG) held at India Habitat Centre (IHC) in New Delhi from 25th - 29th June 2012.
    32. Research and Training workshop (24th) of SANDEE (South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics) held at International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka from 18th - 22nd June 2012.
    33. NIAS Durban Round Table on "Developing an Indian Working Response to the Decisions adopted by The Durban Platform for Enhanced Action" with support from Ministry of Earth Science (MoES) and Department of Science and technology (DST), Govt. of India at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore on 31st Mar 2012.
    34. A Civil Society Workshop on "Energy Subsidies" jointly organized by The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) at TERI Southern Regional Centre, Bangalore on 30th Mar 2012.
    35. Three-day Bruno Latour Workshop - "Climate Change and Controversy Mapping” from Mar 19th to 21st at Devechia Centre for Climate Change, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore organized jointly by Sciences Po, France and Devechia Centre, IISc, Bangalore.