Dr.Lekha Mukhopadhyay

Qualification : M. Sc, M. Phil, Ph. D in Economics
Designation : Associate Professor
Phone : 
Email : 

lekha.mukhopadhyay@gmail.com


Area of Specialization : Statistics and Econometrics, Environmental and Ecological Economics
Research Extension :

(i) Collective action and decision making.

(ii) Natural resource management (Forest and mining in particular).

(iii) Anthropogenic disturbances in natural ecosystem and its long term economic consequences.

(iv)  Social and environmental impact assessment methodology for anthropogenic disturbances.

(v) Environmental planning


Teaching Experience : 

Microeconomics, Mathematical Economics 


Awards : 

1. Fulbright Fellow under Fulbright - Nehru Environmental Leadership Program (2012-13) at SEI (Stockholm Environment Institute) US Centre Davis, CA, USA.

2. South Asian Network for Development of Environmental Economics (SANDEE) Research Grant awarded during 2005-07.

3. World Bank Overseas Post Doctoral Fellow in University of California, Riverside in 2001-02


Professional Membership : 1. Life member of Indian Society for Ecological Economics and International Society for Ecological Economics. 2. Life member of Bengal Economic Association.
Important Publication :

Article in the journal

1. Mukhopadhyay, Lekha (2004) “Inequality, differential technology for resource extraction and voluntary collective action in commons” Ecological Economics, vol. 49(2); 215-230

2. Mukhopadhyay, Lekha (2000) “People’s participation in decentralized planning in West Bengal” Vidyasagar University Journal of Economics, vol.7

Working papers

  1. Mukhopadhyay, Lekha (2013) “Sustainable Development - A Path Dependent Analysis to the Rat hole Coal Mining in Jaintia Hills District, India” Working Paper (02-07) University of California, Riverside (in process)
  2. Mukhopadhyay, Lekha (2006) “Institutional Dysfunctionality: A Case Study in Participatory Management of Forest in Buxa Tiger Reserve in North Bengal, India” in Digital Library of Commons, Indiana University archives, Bloomington, IN 47408-3895; available at http://hdl.handle.net/10535/2280
  3. Mukhopadhyay, Lekha (2002) “Common property resources in private property regime with inequality” Working Paper (02-07) University of California, Riverside.
  4. Mukhopadhyay, Lekha (1994) “The methodology of quantification and empirical   verifications of some propositions in social choice theory under decentralized planning” Working paper (EC 3/ 94), Department of Economics, University of Calcutta

    Articles in the edited volumes

  1. Mukhopadhyay Lekha, Bhaskar Ghosh (2013) “Mining induced Desiccation and Consequent Impact on Traditional Economic Livelihood – an Analytical Framework” in  Nautiyal, Sunil, K.S. Rao, Harald Kaechele, K.V. Raju, Ruediger Schaldach  (eds)    Knowledge Systems of Societies for Adaptation and Mitigation of Impacts of Climate Change; Ch.20, SpringerLink, India.
  2.  Mukhopadhyay Lekha, Bhaskar Ghosh (2013) “Land Acquisition and Land Diversion for Mining towards Industrial Growth –Interest Conflict and Negotiation Game for Sustainable Development” in  Nautiyal, Sunil, K.S. Rao, Harald Kaechele, K.V. Raju, Ruediger Schaldach  (eds)    Knowledge Systems of Societies for Adaptation and Mitigation of Impacts of Climate Change; Ch.26, SpringerLink, India.
  3. Mukhopadhyay, Lekha (2010) Diversion of forest land for mining operation and livelihood issue through impact on quantity and quality of water resources in Sarap, Kailas (ed) Institutions Livelihood and Natural Resource Management Bookwell; N Delhi India.
  4. Mukhopadhyay Lekha, Bhaskar Ghosh (2010) Mining induced land acquisition and soil degradation - impact on sustainability of traditional economic livelihood: an analytical framework; in Nautiyal, Sunil and B. P Nayak (eds) Ecological Economics: An Approach towards Socio-Economic and Environmental Sustainability ISEC, Bangalore, India.
  5. Mukhopadhyay, Lekha (2007) Successful Voluntary Participation in Common Property Resource” in Kumar, Pushpam and Reddy, B. Sudhakara (eds) Ecology and Human Well-Being Sage, London for INSEE.
  6. Mukhopadhyay, Lekha (2005) Inequality, differential technology for resource extraction and voluntary collective action in commons in Sengupta, Nirmal and Jayanta Bandopadhyay (eds) Biodiversity and Quality of Life published for Macmillan India Limited New Delhi for Indian Society for Ecological Economics(INSEE).
  7. Mukhopadhyay, Lekha (1996) “A Social choice under decentralized planning in West Bengal”  in D, Sarkar, & A, Roy Chaudhury (eds) Economy of West Bengalproblems and prospects, Allied Publishers in collaboration with DAS Centre for Regional Economic Studies, Department of Economics, Jadavpur University, Calcutta.

      


Research Projects :
  1. Social and environmental impact assessment of rat-hole coal mining in Jaintia Hills district in Meghalaya, India at the regional scale; completed in 2013.
  2. Participatory forest management in Buxa Tiger Reserve and its fringe villages, North Bengal, India; completed in 2008.

Collaborations : 1.Stockholm Environment Institute, Davis, CA, USA (2012-13). 2. Jadavpur University (2004-08). 3. University of California, Riverside in 2001-2002.
Special Achievements :

List of important publications in conference proceedings

1.  Mukhopadhyay Lekha (2012) “Market driven Depletion of Exhaustible Resources & Sustainable Development –the case of Rat-hole Coal Mining in Jainta Hills District, India” paper presented in International Conference on Inequality and Sustainability, Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA, 9-10 November 2012.

2.  Mukhopadhyay Lekha, Bhaskar Ghosh (2012): “Mining induced acquisition of community land, interest conflict and possib le institutions of conflict resolution for sustainable development: an analytical approach” paper presented in XII Biennial ISEE Conference: “Ecological Economics and Rio+20: Contributions and Challenges for a Green Economy”,  at Rio de Janeiro – Brazil June 16th – 19th, 2012.

3.   Mukhopadhyay Lekha, Bhaskar Ghosh (2011) “Mining-induced desiccation and consequent impact on traditional economic livelihood – an analytical framework”  paper presented in XIII Annual BioEcon Conference on “Resource Economics, Biodiversity Conservation and Development” at Graduate Institute Geneva, Switzerland, 11-13 of September 2011.

4.   Mukhopadhyay Lekha, Bhaskar Ghosh (2010) “Mining induced water pollution - impact on traditional economic livelihood: an analytical framework” paper presented in 4th World Congress of Environment and Resource Economics at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), in Montréal, Québec, Canada, - paper published in conference website and in the abstract volume.

5. Mukhopadhyay Lekha, Bhaskar Ghosh (2008) “Mining induced diversification of forestland and concomitant changes in water resources – impact on livelihood in the dynamics of ecological economic process” paper accepted in the Conference of International Society of Ecological Economics (ISEE) 2008*

6. Mukhopadhyay Lekha (2008) “Buxa Tiger Reserve in North Bengal, India: An institutional quest about people’s low participation in biodiversity conservation programme” in 16th annual conference of European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE), held at the School of Business, Economics and Law, Gothenburg University, Sweden, 25-28 of June 2008.

7. Mukhopadhyay, Lekha (2006) “Institutional dysfunctionality A case study in participatory management of forest in Buxa Tiger Reserve in North Bengal, India in 11th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property Resources (IASCP) held in Bali, Indonesia, in June 19-23, 2006

8. Mukhopadhyay, Lekha (2003) “Inequality, differential technology for resource extraction and voluntary collective action in commons” in Third Biennial Conference of Indian Society of Ecological Economics, IIM Calcutta, India.