Dr Arabinda Mishra joined the Livelihood Theme in June 2015 as a Senior Social Scientist. He holds a Master of Analytical and Applied Economics from Utkal University, Orissa and a PhD from Sambalpur University, Orissa. Before joining ICIMOD, he was Dean of the Faculty of Policy and Planning, TERI University (since 2005) and had the concurrent responsibility of Director, Earth Science and Climate Change Division in TERI (2008–2013). Dr Mishra led TERI’s engagement with the Government of India and a number of State governments in the preparation of action plans on climate change. His interest in the area of education for sustainable development (ESD) led to the design of an international master’s programme in Sustainable Development Practice at TERI University. Prior to joining TERI University, he was a Fellow at the Centre for Multi-disciplinary Development Research (CMDR) in Karnataka, an institution affiliated to the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), among other things. Specializing in resource and environmental economics, Dr Mishra brings a strong element of inter-disciplinarity to his research, which covers both the natural and social sciences including climate change risks and community-level vulnerability assessment, the management of ecosystems and their services for poverty alleviation, institutions and governance in environmental management, and natural resource accounting.
As the project leader of the Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation Study in South Asia (ESPASSA), Dr Mishra was involved in an international collaboration of scientists from various disciplines to investigate the links between ecosystems and poverty in South Asia. He was also lead researcher in an Indo-Dutch Programme on Alternatives in Development (IDPAD)-funded study on common property water resources in rural India, which brought out key insights regarding the functioning of water markets and community management institutions. Dr Mishra is a Fellow of the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) and was in the Steering Committee of the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) from 2012–13. Until recently he was on the Global Association of MDP Programs Advisory Board and was also an Executive Committee Member of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE). Dr Mishra was a Member of the Working Group on Management of Natural Resources and Rainfed Farming and Chairperson of the Sub-Group V on Climate Change Mainstreaming, 12th Five Year Plan (2012–17), set up by the Planning Commission, Government of India1.