Qualification: 
Ph.D
pk_viswanathan@asb.kochi.amrita.edu

P. K. Viswanathan serves as Professor (Economics) with specialised interests in the Economics of Natural Resources Management and Sustainability. He has a PhD in Economics from the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore (Mysore University). His research and teaching interests relate to Economics of Natural Resources Management; Agrarian Transformation and Rural livelihoods; Aspects of Technology, Institutions, Policies and Governance; Climate Change impacts on natural resources, environment and agriculture; Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystems; Sustainable energy policy; Globalisation and its impacts on Agriculture and Trade; Welfare Impacts of Trade Certifications in India’s Plantation Sector, etc.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Economics), Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore [Mysore University] (2003)
  • Postdoc (Environment, Resources and Development), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok (2005)
  • Postdoc (Demographic and Socio-Economic Surveillance System, Thailand), Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR), Mahidol University, Thailand (2006) 

Professional Experience

Period

Position

Institutional Affiliation

From

To

31 October 2016 Continue Professor (Economics and Sustainability) Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Department of Management, Kochi, Kerala
14 May 2007 30 October 2016 Associate Professor Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
15 July 2013 14 September 2013 International Consultant Agricultural Census Studies, FAO of the United Nations, Vientiane, Lao PDR

1 February 2010

30 November 2010

Research Scientist Regional & Rural Development Planning, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand
1 May 2006 30 April 2007 Visiting Fellow Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Thailand
1 March 2006 30 April 2006 Lee Hysan Visiting Scholar Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
1 January 2005  31 January 2006 Post-Doctoral Fellow School of Environment, Resources and Development, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand
1 November 1994 31 December 2006 Scientist (Economics) & Economist Rubber Research Institute of India (Government of India, Ministry of Commerce and Industry), Kottayam, Kerala
20 October 1992 31 October 1994 Doctoral Fellow Institute for Social & Economic Change, Bangalore, Karnataka
1 March 1991 19 October 1992 Research Assistant Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, Kerala

TEACHING

  • Environmental Management and Sustainable Development (Core)

Current Research & Writing Projects

  • “Fair Trade certified Tea in the Hired Labour Sector: An impact study and baseline data collection”, supported by Fairtrade International, in collaboration with International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA), Colombo; Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Trivandrum; and Gujarat Institute of Development Research (GIDR), Ahmedabad, March 2015 – December 2016.
  • Book under processing for publication by Springer, titled, “Employment Guarantee Programme and Dynamics of Rural Transformation in India: Challenges and Opportunities”, Edited by M. Bhattarai, P.K. Viswanathan, Rudra N. Mishra and Cynthia Bantilan (forthcoming, 2017).

Research projects undertaken during 2007-2016

No

Title of research project

Period

Supporting Agency

1

Farmers Adoption of Bt Cotton in India: A study in Maharashtra and Gujarat (with N. Lalitha, GIDR Ahmedabad as Principal Investigator)

2007-09

Oxfam, USA

2

Water Policy and Water Laws in India: A Critical Review of Structural and Institutional Impediments and Governance Systems and Outlook for Future (with R. Parthasarathy, GIDR Ahmedabad)

2009-10

International Water Management Institute (IWMI),  Colombo (through Hyderabad office)

3

Challenges, Opportunities and Imperatives for Techno-Economic-Institutional Reforms under Trade Liberalisation: Case Studies of Tea and Rubber Plantations (with Amita Shah, GIDR Ahmedabad)

2009-10

South Asia Network of Economic Research Institutes (SANEI), Bangladesh

4

Socio-Economic and Ecological Benefits of Mangrove Plantations: A Study of Community Based Mangrove Restoration Activities in Gujarat

2009-10

Gujarat Ecology Commission (GEC), Government of Gujarat, Gandhinagar

5

Impact of Industrialisation and its related activities on the Marine National Park, Jamnagar (with Jyoti Parikh, IRADe, New Delhi)

2010

Integrated Action for Research and Development (IRADe), New Delhi

6

Assessing the Poverty Impact of Social and Voluntary Standards under the Fair Trade: A study of Tea Plantations

2010

Natural Resources Institute (NRI), Greenwich University, UK

7

An Economic Evaluation of Revitalisation of Village Tanks in Gujarat

2011-12

Gujarat Land Development Corporation (GLDC), Government of Gujarat, Gandhinagar

8

Trends and Determinants of Agricultural Power Consumption and Distribution Losses: An analysis of agricultural feeders across power distribution companies in Gujarat

2012-13

Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC), Government of Gujarat, Gandhinagar

9

Regional Dimensions of Emerging Labour Shortage in Rubber Plantation Sector in Kerala: An Exploratory analysis

2013

National Research Programme on Plantation Development (NRPPD), CDS Trivandrum

10

Capacity Building Programme on Agricultural Water Demand Management (with M. Dinesh Kumar, IRAP, Hyderabad)

2013

Cap-Net/ UNDP

11

Socio-Economic Survey for Review Report on Impacts of Employment and Social Protection Policies (ie. NREGA) on Rural Livelihoods in India: Village Case studies in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh (with Rudra N Mishra, GIDR Ahmedabad)

2012-14

International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad

12

Techno-Economic and Social Impacts of Water Saving Technologies in Agriculture: A case study of PINS & MIS in Gujarat (with Chandrasekhar Bahinipati, GIDR Ahmedabad)

2014

Gujarat Water Resources Development Corporation (GWRDC), Gandhinagar

13

Compatibility of Institutional Architecture for Rubber Plantation Development in North East India from a comparative perspective of Kerala

2014

National Research Programme on Plantation Development (NRPPD), CDS Trivandrum

14

Public Investments for Water Sector Development in Kerala: A Post Facto Analysis of Major & Medium versus Minor Irrigation Projects in a comparative perspective

2013-14

State Planning Board (SPB), Government of Kerala

15

Economic Evaluation of Bt Cotton Adoption in Gujarat (with N. Lalitha, GIDR Ahmedabad as Principal Investigator)

2013-14

Directorate of Agriculture, Government of Gujarat

16

Social and Economic Impacts, Institutional and Policy Constraints in the Adoption of Water Saving Technologies in Agriculture: A Comparative Study of Micro Irrigation Systems in India (with Jharna Pathak and Chandrasekhar Bahinipati, GIDR Ahmedabad)

2013-15

Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi

17

Peasant Migration and Plantation Development in Kerala: Changes in the local economy, society and the agrarian landscape in the Erstwhile Malabar Region

2014

National Research Programme on Plantation Development (NRPPD), CDS Trivandrum

18

Enhancing Agriculture Livelihoods in Coastal Areas: A study of the climate change resilient agriculture and farm management interventions in Gujarat, Western India (with Jharna Pathak and Madhusudan Bandi, GIDR Ahmedabad)

2015-16

Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell Ahmedabad and Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Mumbai

19

Will Climate Change Adaptation Enhance Farm Productivity? A Study of Micro-Irrigation Systems (MIS) in Gujarat, India (with Chandrasekhar Bahinipati, GIDR Ahmedabad, as Principal Investigator)

2015-16

South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE), Kathmandu, Nepal

20

State of Social Science Research in India: An overview of International Collaborations and Research (with Parthasarathy and Madhusudan Bandi, GIDR Ahmedabad)

2016

Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi

NRPPD-CDS Discussion Papers

  • Viswanathan, P.K. Amita Shah (2012): ‘Gender Impact of Trade Reforms in Indian Plantation Sector: An Exploratory Analysis’, NRPPD Discussion Paper 17, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, Kerala, 69p. http://cds.edu/admin/homeFiles/nrppd%2017.pdf 
  • Viswanathan, P.K. (2013): Regional dimensions of emerging Labour shortage in rubber Plantation sector in Kerala: An exploratory analysis, NRPPD Discussion Paper 27, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, 86p. http://cds.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/NRPPD27.pdf
  • Viswanathan, P.K. and Indraneel Bhowmik (2014): ‘Compatibility of Institutional Architecture for Rubber Plantation Development in North East India from a Comparative Perspective of Kerala, NRPPD Discussion Paper 38, 71p. http://cds.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/NRPPD-38.pdf
  • Viswanathan, P.K. (2015): Farmer Migration and Agrarian Transformation in Kerala: Impacts on the Local Economy, Society and the Agrarian Landscape in the Erstwhile Malabar Region, NRPPD Discussion Paper 43, 38p. Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum http://cds.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/43_ViswanathanII.pdf
  • Indraneel Bhowmik and P.K. Viswanathan (2015): Emerging Labour Relations in The Small Rubber Plantations of Tripura, NRPPD Discussion Paper 47, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, 33p. http://cds.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/47_Indraneel.pdf

Invited Lectures (Since 2012)

  • Delivered a talk “Challenges of Agricultural Development in Kerala” at the Colloquia at the Amrita School of Business, Kochi, Kerala, on 28 February 2012.
  • Delivered a lecture, “Agriculture Transition in Asia: Challenges and Perspectives on Future Research” on 8 March 2012 at the Workshop on Methods of Research and Proposal Writing (March 5-10, 2012) Mizoram University, Aizawl, Jointly orgnaised by Department of Economics, Mizoram University, Aizawl & OKD Institute of Social Change and Development, Guwahati.
  • Delivered a lecture, “From Jhuming to Tapping: An analysis of rubber development  programme in NE States in India”, on 8 March 2012 at the Workshop on Methods of Research and Proposal Writing (March 5-10, 2012) Mizoram University, Aizawl, Jointly organised by Department of Economics, Mizoram University, Aizawl & OKD Institute of Social Change and Development, Guwahati.
  • Delivered 2 lectures, viz., “Inclusive Growth: understanding it”, and “Inclusive Growth and Agriculture  Development in India: Challenges and way forward” at the UGC Sponsored Two-Day National Seminar on “Inclusive Growth: Economic, Institutional and Rights Perspectives” March 8-9, 2013, at PSG College of Arts & Science College, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India.
  • Delivered 2 lectures on “Longitudinal Data Analysis in Social Science Research: Theoretical and Empirical Considerations” at the ICSSR Research Methodology Workshop held on 23 March 2013, at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
  • Delivered a lecture on “Agriculture and Environment in the Indian Context: A Critical Assessment”, Refresher Course on Macro Economics with Special Reference to Indian Economic System, held on 17 May 2013, at the Sardar Patel Institute of Economic and Social Research, Ahmedabad.
  • Delivered lectures on: (a) “Agricultural Water Management: Socio-Economic and Policy Challenges”; (b) “Institutional and Policy Reforms in Indian Water Sector: A critical assessment”; and (c) “Climate Variability and Water Insecurity in India” at the Training Workshop on Agricultural Water Demand Management, held during 21-25 October 2013, at Ahmedabad, supported by Cap-Net and UNDP.
  • Delivered lectures on: (a) “Factor analysis and Principal Component Analysis; (b) Database on Indian Agriculture; (c) Database on Environment”, at the National Workshop on ‘Research Methodology for Social Sciences’ held at GIDR Ahmedabad during 25 February – 06 March 2014.
  • Delivered a lecture on “Investment Strategies and Technology Options for Sustainable Agriculture Development in India: Challenges and Way Forward”, at Christ College, Irinjalakuda, as part of the Alumni Lecture Series organised by the Research Department of Economics on 13th January 2015.
  • Regression and Multivariate Analysis”, Lecture delivered on 23rd September 2015, at the Building Capacity of the Technical Cadre of the Directorate of Economics and Statistics in Statistical Methods and Analysis, 23-25 September 2015, held at GIDR Ahmedabad, jointly organised by the Department of Economics and Statistics, Government of Gujarat and the UNICEF, Gandhinagar.
  • “Land, Water and Coastal Resources and Livelihoods in Gujarat: Data and Analysis”, Lecture delivered on 24th September 2015, at the Building Capacity of the Technical Cadre of the Directorate of Economics and Statistics in Statistical Methods and Analysis, 23-25 September 2015, held at GIDR Ahmedabad, jointly organised by the Department of Economics and Statistics, Government of Gujarat and the UNICEF, Gandhinagar.
  • Delivered four lectures on: “Analysis of Livelihoods” and a lecture on “Data Analysis” for Masters’ Students at the Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, on 23rd November 2015 and 27 November 2015.
  • Delivered two Lectures on: (a) ‘Data Collection Techniques and Sampling in Social Research’; and (b) ‘Selection of Research Sample and Sampling Techniques’, at the Research Methodology Workshop for Ph.D. Scholars In Social Sciences, Sponsored by Indian Council of Social Sciences Research, New Delhi, Organized by Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar,  11 March 2016.
  • Delivered four Lectures on: ‘Natural Resources Management and Conservation: Policies, interventions and Evaluation Methods’, at the Workshop on ‘Program Monitoring and Evaluation in NRM’, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, 7th – 8th April, 2016.
  • Delivered two lectures on: (a) Writing Research Proposals; and (b) Database on Indian Economy, at the Two Day National Workshop on Research in Economics, organised by the Kerala Economic Association at Kottayam, Kerala during 30-31 July 2016.
  • Delivered a lecture on: ‘Conventional and Non-conventional sources of Data’, at the Orientation Programme on Social Science Research for Research Scholars and Faculty Members, supported by ICSSR, 2-4 August 2016, GIDR Ahmedabad.

Referee (Journals)

  • Water Resources Bulletin Journal (American Water Resources Association)
  • Water Policy (International Water Association)
  • Agroforestry Systems (Springer)
  • Journal of Gender Studies (Taylor & Francis, UK)
  • Community Development Journal (Routledge)
  • European Journal of Development Research (Palgrave Macmillan)

Membership in Academic Societies/ Professional Bodies

  • Alumni, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India
  • Alumni, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok
  • Alumni, Institute for Population Research, Mahidol University, Thailand
  • Asian Society of Agricultural Economists
  • International Society for Development and Sustainability (ISDS), Japan
  • Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP), Switzerland
  • Life Member, Kerala Economic Association

Other Academic Credentials

  • External Expert, Research Advisory Committee, Department of Economics, Tripura University, Agartala
  • Member, Student Advisory Committee, CEPT University, Ahmedabad
  • External Examiner for PhD, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Cochin, Kerala
  • External Examiner for PhD, University of Calicut, Kerala
  • External Examiner for PhD, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • External Examiner for MPhil & PhD, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar
  • PhD Guide, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad
  • Member, Board of Studies of Economics, Christ College, Irinjalakuda, Kerala
  • Series Editor & Coordinator, Working Paper Series, GIDR, Ahmedabad (2008-2010 & 2011-2016)
  • Series Editor & Coordinator, Occasional Paper Series, GIDR, Ahmedabad (2011-2016).

Scholarships/ Awards

  • May 2006 – May 2007, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Thailand.
  • March – April 2006: Lee Hysan Visiting Fellowship, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • January – December 2005, Post Doctoral Research Fellowship, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand.
  • October 1992 - September 1996: PhD Fellowship, Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, India
  • National Merit Scholarship from 1985 to 1988 for Graduate studies
  • Cultural Scholarship (1983 to 1988) for Literary Competitions in Sanskrit, Calicut Uty.

Publications

Publication Type: Book Chapter

Year of Publication Publication Type Title

2017

Book Chapter

Dr. Viswanathan P. K., Parthasarathy, R., and Bandi, M., “International Collaborations as Research Infrastructure”, in Social Science Research in India: Status, Issues and Policies, New Delhi: Oxford University Press & Indian Council of Social Science Research, 2017, pp. 139-172.

2016

Book Chapter

Dr. Viswanathan P. K., “Multifunctional Benefits of Community-Based Mangrove Restoration in Gujarat: An Analysis”, in Nature, Economy and Society: Understanding the Linkages, New Delhi: Springer (for Indian Society for Ecological Economics), 2016, pp. 243-265.

2016

Book Chapter

Dr. Viswanathan P. K., “Trade-Offs Between Industrial Growth and the Environmental Protection: an Analysis of the Policy Responses and Implementation in Gujarat”, in Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection, New Delhi: Bookwell India Publishers, 2016, pp. 1-29.

2016

Book Chapter

K. J. Joseph and Dr. Viswanathan P. K., “Globalisation, inclusive development and plantation labour: an introduction”, in Globalisation, Development and Plantation Labour in India, New Delhi: Routledge, 2016, pp. 1-26.

2016

Book Chapter

Dr. Viswanathan P. K., “Labour shortage in rubber sector in Kerala: An analysis”, in Globalisation, Development and Plantation Labour in India, New Delhi: Routledge India, 2016, pp. 196-233.

2016

Book Chapter

Dr. Viswanathan P. K. and Shah, A., “Gender impact of trade reforms in India: An analysis of tea and rubber production sectors”, in Globalisation, Development and Plantation Labour in India, New Delhi: Routledge, 2016, pp. 234-265.

2016

Book Chapter

Dr. Viswanathan P. K., Jharna, P., and S., B. C., “State of Development and adoption of Micro Irrigation Systems in Gujarat”, in Micro Irrigation Systems in India: Emergence, Status and Impacts in Select Major States, Singapore: Springer Science + Business Media, 2016, pp. 71-89.

2016

Book Chapter

Dr. Viswanathan P. K. and C.S., B., “Determinants of Adopting and Accessing Benefits of Water Saving Technologies: A Study of Public Tube Wells with MI Systems in North Gujarat”, in Micro Irrigation Systems in India: Emergence, Status and Impacts in Select Major States, Singapore: Springer Science + Business Media, 2016, pp. 133-154.

2016

Book Chapter

Dr. Viswanathan P. K. and Bhowmik, I., “Compatibility of Policy and Institutional Regimes for Rubber Monoculture Plantation Development in Diverse Social and Agro-Ecological Environments: A Study in the Indian Context”, in Monoculture Farming: Global practices, Ecological Impact and Benefits /Drawbacks, 2016, pp. 1-37.

2015

Book Chapter

Dr. Viswanathan P. K., “Water Scarcity and pollution in South and Southeast Asia: Problems and Challenges”, in Routledge Handbook of Environment and Society in Asia, London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015, pp. 197-215.

2015

Book Chapter

Dr. Viswanathan P. K. and Lalitha, N., “Wheeling the Bt Technology on the IPM Cart A Case for Environmentally Sustainable Crop Protection Practices for Cotton in India”, in India’s Tryst with Bt Cotton-Learning from the First Decade, New Delhi: Concept Publishing Company Pvt. Ltd., 2015, pp. 240-273.

2015

Book Chapter

N. Lalitha and Dr. Viswanathan P. K., “Development of Agri-biotechnology: An Overview”, in India’s Tryst with Bt Cotton-Learning from the First Decade, New Delhi: Concept Publishing Company Pvt. Ltd., 2015, pp. 1-33.

2015

Book Chapter

N. Lalitha and Dr. Viswanathan P. K., “Do Farmers Make an Informed Choice?:An Analysis of the Selection of Seeds and Insecticides by Cotton Growers in Gujarat”, in India’s Tryst with Bt Cotton-Learning from the First Decade, New Delhi: Concept Publishing Company Pvt. Ltd., 2015, pp. 182-220.

2015

Book Chapter

M. Bandi and Dr. Viswanathan P. K., “India: Determinants and Challenges of Sustainable Forest Governance”, in Multi-level Forest Governance in Asia: Concepts, Challenges and the Way Forward, New Delhi: Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd, 2015, pp. 40-66.

2015

Book Chapter

C. S. Bahinipati, Patnaik, U., and Dr. Viswanathan P. K., “What causes economics losses from natural disasters in India”, in Handbook of Research on Climate Change Impact on Health and Environmental Sustainability, IGI Global Publisher , 2015, pp. 157-175.

2015

Book Chapter

A. Soonthorndhada, Dr. Viswanathan P. K., and Kittisuksathit, S., “Promoting rural women’s economic dynamism: a case study on participation in income generating activities in Kanchanaburi”, in Translating Women’s experience into Classroom Teaching: Gender and Development Cases in ASEAN and Korea, Seoul: Korean Women Development Institute (KWDI), 2015, pp. 79-108.

2014

Book Chapter

Dr. Viswanathan P. K. and Pathak, J., “Economic Growth and the State of Natural Resources and the Environment in Gujarat: A Critical Assessment”, in Growth or Development: Which Way is Gujarat Going, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2014, pp. 380-432.

2014

Book Chapter

Dr. Viswanathan P. K., “Community Based Mangrove Restoration as Instruments of Conserving Marine Biodiversity and the Protected Areas: An Exploratory Analysis from Gujarat”, in Biodiversity Conservation in India: Management Practices, Livelihood Concerns and Future Options, New Delhi: Concept Publishing Company Pvt. Ltd, 2014, pp. 249-283.

2014

Book Chapter

Dr. Viswanathan P. K., “Will Neoliberal Policies and Regulations Resolve Our Water Sector Dilemmas?: Learning from Maharashtra and Gujarat”, in Neoliberal State and Its Challenges, New Delhi: Aakar Books, 2014, pp. 257-300.

2014

Book Chapter

Dr. Viswanathan P. K. and Shah, A., “Has Indian Tea Plantation Sector weathered the Crisis? An assessment in the Post-reforms Context”, in Globalization and Standards: Issues and Challenges in Indian Business, New Delhi: Springer India, 2014, pp. 275-291.

2013

Book Chapter

Dr. Viswanathan P. K., “Investment strategies and technology options for sustainable agricultural development in Asia: challenges in emerging context”, in Water Management, Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Developing Economies, London/ New York: Earthscan/ Routledge, 2013, pp. 184-207.

2013

Book Chapter

Dr. Viswanathan P. K., “Conservation, Restoration, and Management of Mangrove Wetlands Against Risks of Climate Change and Vulnerability of Coastal Livelihoods in Gujarat”, in Knowledge Systems of Societies for Adaptation and Mitigation of Impacts of Climate Change, Environmental Science and Engineering, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag , 2013, pp. 423-441.

2013

Book Chapter

N. Lalitha and Dr. Viswanathan P. K., “Bt Cotton Cultivation in Gujarat: Emerging Issues and Environmental Challenges”, in Knowledge Systems of Societies for Adaptation and Mitigation of Impacts of Climate Change, Environmental Science and Engineering, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2013, pp. 285-301.

2012

Book Chapter

Dr. Viswanathan P. K., “Legal Pluralism and the Governance Crisis in India’s Water Sector: A critical Review of National and Sub-national policies and regulatory regimes”, in Amalendu Jyotishi, Sushanta Mahapatra and Maarten Bavinck (Eds.), Legal Pluralism in Natural Resource Management: South and South-East Asian Perspectives, New Delhi: Excel India Publishers, 2012, pp. 35-55.

2012

Book Chapter

Dr. Viswanathan P. K., “Integrated Rubber Farming and Livelihood Systems in Northeastern India”, in Agriculture and Changing Environment in Northeastern India, New Delhi/UK: Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group), 2012, pp. 263-288.

2011

Book Chapter

Dr. Viswanathan P. K. and Lalitha, N., “GM Technology and Sustainable Agriculture Future: Some Reflections Based on Bt Cotton Experience in Maharashtra and Gujarat”, in Gandhi, Environment and Sustainable Future, New Delhi: Institute of Gandhian Studies Wardha (Maharashtra) and Gandhi Peace Foundation, 2011, pp. 144-174.

2010

Book Chapter

Dr. Viswanathan P. K. and Lalitha, N., “Does GM Technology Pay Rich Dividends?: Farm Level Responses from BT cotton farmers in Maharashtra”, in Economic and Environmental Sustainability of the Asian Region, New Delhi: Routledge, 2010, pp. 391-414.

Publication Type: Book

Year of Publication Publication Type Title

2016

Book

Dr. Viswanathan P. K., M. Kumar, D., and Narayanamoorthy, A., Micro Irrigation Systems in India: Emergence, Status and Impacts. Singapore: Springer Science + Business Media, 2016.[Abstract]


This book takes stock of micro irrigation systems (MIS), the technological intervention in India’s agricultural and water management sectors, over the past couple of decades. Based on empirical research from the major agriculturally dynamic states, viz., Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, the book provides a nuanced understanding and objective assessment of the implementation and adoption of MIS across these states. It addresses several of the questions related to adoption and impacts of MIS in India. On the adoption side, the key question that the book addresses is which segment of the farming community adopts MIS across states? The impacts analysed include those on physical, agronomic and economic aspects. At the macro level, the question being asked is about the future potential of MIS in terms of saving water from agriculture and making more water available for environment. The book also addresses the question of the positive/negative externalities and real social benefits and costs from the use of MIS, a major justification for heavy capital subsidies for its purchase by farmers. It also brings out certain critical concerns pertaining to MIS adoption, which need to be addressed through more empirical research based on longitudinal panel/ cross sectional data. The book would be of great use to researchers (agricultural water management, irrigation economics), students of water resource engineering, irrigation engineering and water resources management, as well as to policy makers and agricultural water management experts – national and international. More »»

2016

Book

K. J. Joseph and Dr. Viswanathan P. K., Globalisation, Development and Plantation Labour in India. London: Routledge/ New Delhi: Routledge India (South Asia Edition), 2016, p. XVII,277.[Abstract]


This book provides a detailed examination of the impact of globalisation on plantation labour, dominated by women labour, in India. The studies presented here highlight the perpetuation of low wages, inferior social status and low human development of workers in this sector and point out the movement of labour away from this sector and the resultant labour shortage. It also highlights the perils involved in doing away with the Plantation Labour Act 1951 and provides a plausible way forward for improving the conditions of plantation workers. More »»

2015

Book

N. Lalitha and Dr. Viswanathan P. K., India’s Tryst with Bt Cotton: Learning from the First Decade. New Delhi: Concept Publishing Company Private Limited, 2015, p. XXVI, 294.[Abstract]


This volume is quite unique and timely in terms of consolidating some of the most recent theoretical, R&D as well as empirical analyses of the performance outcomes and farm level responses. It is also timely as it unfolds the debate on the wider adoption of Bt technology, which addresses some of the apprehensions that prevail over the GM crop varieties. The volume provides a holistic perspective on the state of Bt cotton technology in India, in terms of presenting the institutional, R&D, policy regimes and regulatory environments, that are seemingly inadequate to address the veracity of challenges facing the technology and its legitimacy and social relevance in rendering future of cotton farming more sustainable and inclusive. To the best of our understanding, this volume is perhaps the first of its kind that engages with the critical aspects of Bt cotton adoption in India since its introduction in 2003. More »»

2010

Book

Dr. Viswanathan P. K., Economics of Land Development in Canal Commands: A Study of Surface Irrigation Systems in Kerala, India. GmbH & Co. KG, Germany: Lap Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010.[Abstract]


This book examines the inter-face between the apparently divergent processes of irrigation and agricultural development in Kerala state and its implications on land development and water management practices, especially, adoption of On-Farm Development both at the system as well as farm levels. It offers a convincing explanation for the dismal performance of irrigation systems in the state in the context of cropping pattern changes from irrigated crops, mainly, paddy to dry/ perennial cash crops. As irrigation systems in Kerala are designed for rice, the decline in rice area resulted in the poor performance of irrigation systems. More »»

2010

Book

G. B. Thapa, Dr. Viswanathan P. K., Routray, J. K., and Ahmad, M. M., Agricultural Transition in Asia: Trajectories and Challenges. Thailand: Asian Institute of Technology, 2010, p. 230.

Publication Type: Report

Year of Publication Publication Type Title

2016

Report

Dr. Viswanathan P. K., “State Investment for Water Sector Development in Kerala: A Post Facto Analysis of Major and Medium versus Minor Irrigation Projects in a comparative perspective”, State Planning Board, Government of Kerala, 2016.

2016

Report

Dr. Viswanathan P. K., Pathak, J., and Bandi, M., “Enhancing Agriculture Livelihoods in Coastal Areas in Gujarat: A Study of the Impacts of KVY Interventions, Report Submitted to Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell (CSPC)”, Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell (CSPC), Ahmedabad, 2016.

2014

Report

Dr. Viswanathan P. K. and Bahinipati, C., “Techno-Economic and Social Impacts of Water Saving Technologies in Agriculture: A Case Study of PINS/MIS in Gujarat, Report submitted to the Gujarat Water Resources Development Corporation Ltd.”, Gujarat Water Resources Development Corporation Ltd., Gandhinagar, 2014.

2014

Report

Dr. Viswanathan P. K., “Trends and Determinants of Agricultural Power Consumption and Distribution Losses: An analysis of agricultural feeders across power distribution companies in Gujarat”, Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission, 2014.

2014

Report

Dr. Viswanathan P. K., “Lao Census of Agriculture 2010/11: Analysis of Selected Themes, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Vientiane”, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Lao PDR, Vientiane, 2014.

2012

Report

Dr. Viswanathan P. K., “An Economic Evaluation of Revitalisation of Village Tanks in Gujarat”, Gujarat Land Development Corporation Ltd, Gandhinagar, 2012.

2011

Report

Dr. Viswanathan P. K., Pathak, K. D., and Mehta, I., “Socio-Economic and Ecological Benefits of Mangrove Plantation: A Study of Community Based Mangrove Restoration Activities in Gujarat”, Gujarat Ecology Commission (GEC), Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, 2011.

Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Publication Publication Type Title

2015

Journal Article

Dr. Viswanathan P. K. and Bahinipati, C., “Exploring the Socio-Economic Impacts of Micro-Irrigation System (MIS): A Case Study of Public Tube wells in Gujarat, Western India ”, South Asia Water Studies Journal, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 1-25, 2015.

2015

Journal Article

N. Lalitha and Dr. Viswanathan P. K., “Technology Diffusion and Adoption in Cotton Cultivation: Emerging Scenario in Gujarat”, AgBioForum, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 1-12, 2015.

2014

Journal Article

Dr. Viswanathan P. K., “The rationalisation of agriculture in Kerala: implications for the natural environment, agro-ecosystems and livelihoods”, Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 63-107, 2014.

2013

Journal Article

Dr. Viswanathan P. K. and Lalitha, N., “Performance of Bt Cotton in Gujarat: Is there an evidence of Inclusive Agricultural Growth”, Productivity, vol. 54, no. 1, pp. 39-53, 2013.

2013

Journal Article

Dr. Viswanathan P. K. and Shah, A., “Trade Reforms and Crisis in India’s Plantation Industry: an analysis of Tea and Rubber Plantation Sectors”, Social Change & Development, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 31-85, 2013.

2012

Journal Article

Dr. Viswanathan P. K., Thapa, G. B., Routray, J. K., and Ahmad, M. M., “Agrarian Transition and Emerging Challenges in Asian Agriculture: A Critical Assessment”, Economic & Political Weekly, vol. 47, no. 4, pp. 41-50, 2012.

2012

Journal Article

Dr. Viswanathan P. K. and Mandal, A., “NREGS As Instrument of Gender Mainstreaming: An Exploratory Analysis”, Man and Development, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 17-36, 2012.

2011

Journal Article

Dr. Viswanathan P. K., “Co-operatives and Collective Action: Case of a Rubber Grower Co-operative in East Garo Hills in Meghalaya, North East India”, Social Change & Development, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 89-125, 2011.

2010

Journal Article

Dr. Viswanathan P. K., “GM technology and sustainable agriculture future: Empirical evidences from Bt cotton farmers in Maharashtra and Gujarat in India ”, Journal of Development & Agricultural Economics, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 007-017, 2010.[Abstract]


World agriculture is passing through a distinct phase of transformation, called the ‘second Green Revolution’ or Gene Revolution, in which modern biotechnology enables the production of genetically modified (GM) crops/ foods that are claimed to help resolve the pressing problems of food security, malnutrition and abject poverty in different parts of the world. However, there are apprehensions the world over that the GM technology as it unveils may have harmful consequences on sustainable livelihoods in view of the potential threats to food security and subsequent environmental and health challenges. Set in this broader context of GM tech induced agrarian transformation, this paper tries examining some of the potential challenges emerging from the unscrupulous expansion of GM crops in India with reference to Bt cotton. In doing so, the paper draws useful insights from the empirical evidences of the dynamics of Bt cotton adoption in the dominant cotton rowing states of Maharashtra and Gujarat in India. The analysis is based on farm household data gathered from five leading cotton growing districts in the two states. The paper observes that there is no clear way forward to sustain the initial dynamism cast by the introduction of Bt technology in India. A bright future for Indian agriculture with the presence of GM technology in general and Bt technology in particular, would essentially call for many reforms, development strategies and institutional and policy interventions covering a wide spectrum of activities ranging from restructuring the input markets to the output markets. India need also to learn from the experiences of other countries with respect to the performance of GM technology and evolve carefully devised strategies and action plans, which presuppose creation of new institutional or regulatory regimes or reinventing the existing ones so as to make a sustainable impact of the technology on the livelihoods of millions of cotton farmers as well as the century old cotton production sector in India More »»

2010

Journal Article

N. Lalitha and Dr. Viswanathan P. K., “Pesticide Applications in Bt cotton Farms: Issues Relating to Environment and Non-Tariff Barriers”, Asian Biotechnology & Development Review, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 11-35, 2010.

2010

Journal Article

G. B. Thapa, Dr. Viswanathan P. K., Routray, J. K., and Ahmad, M. M., “Understanding the Next Agricultural Transition in Asia: A Critical Review of Major Facets and Future Challenges”, Millennial Asia, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 215-239, 2010.

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