Courses I’ve taught

Ecological Economics
HS 743 | PhD Programme | IIT Guwahati
Pre-Analytic Vision: history of ecological economics, difference between neoclassical and ecological economics, societal challenges and paradigm shift; Ecological systems: resource of nature and nature of resources, current status of resources and systems thinking ; Human subsystem: Human behavior and its relevance to resource allocation; Principles and policy: principles of ecological economics, alternative policies, institutions, and instruments to implement ecological economics principles
Transboundary Waters and Hydro Diplomacy
HS 629 | IIT Guwahati
Political Economy of Transboundary Waters: Food, energy, water and livelihood security asymmetric endowment and asymmetric power, hegemony and critical hydro politics, dynamics of sovereignty, cooperation, continuum and conflict conflagration, principles of benefit sharing; Hydro Diplomacy and Negotiations: Public and popular, bilateral vs. multilateral, two track vs. multi-track, cross-border civil society networking; International Water Law and Transboundary Institutions: Concepts, evolution and development of international water law, international treaties and conventions, water law regime; Trans-boundary River Management in South Asia; Conflict and cooperation, environmental, socio-economic and geo-political issues, basin approach and augmentation Issues.
Transboundary Waters: Conflict and Cooperation
HS 242 | IIT Guwahati
Introduction to Transboundary waters: water as an international issue, thewater war debate, asymmetric endowment; Conflict, Cooperation and Power: coexisting conflict and cooperation, issue of sovereignty, riparian position and externalities, soft and hard power, power asymmetry and hydro hegemon, confronting power; Analyzing Transboundary Water Interaction: the framework of hydro hegemony, TWINS framework, principles of benefit sharing; International Water Laws: concept and evolution, absolute territorial theories and limited territorial sovereignty, UN convention on transboundary waters, role of treaties, bilateral vs. multilateral treaties; Water diplomacy: multi-track water diplomacy, platforms for dialogues and negotiations; Case Studies of Transboundary Water Management Initiatives: the case of Nile, Senegal, Indus, Ganges,Jordan and Mekong River Basin.
International Economics
HS 126 | B.Tech Course | IIT Guwahati
Stream: Economics, Syllabus: Early trade theories: absolute advantage, comparative advantage; Terms of trade: offer curves, gains from trade, Factor endowment and Heckscher-Ohlin model; Balance of payments: current account, capital account, balance of trade; International monetary system: IMF, World Bank; Exchange rate volatility: fixed exchange rate, floating exchange rate; Multilateral trade agreements: GATT, UNCTAD, WTO.
Economics of Climate Change
HS 232 | B.Tech Course | IIT Guwahati
Stream: Economics, Syllabus: Introduction to climate change; Climate models and climate change debate; Economic growth, wellbeing and sustainability: Impact, Population, Affluence and Technology (IPAT) model, ecological footprint, green GDP; Climate change equity: economics, discounting, intergenerational equity, intra‐generational equity and development rights; Concepts of adaptation and mitigation; Mitigation mechanisms: carbon trading versus carbon taxes, Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), Joint Implementation (JI) and voluntary markets; Costs of climate change and benefits of mitigation; Consensus on Climate Change: United Nations Framework Convention (UNFCC), Kyoto Protocol, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and other international agreements
Water Economics
HS 627 | PhD Programme | IIT Guwahati
Stream: Economics, Syllabus: Introduction to water economics: water availability and water use, sectoral demand for water, physical vs. economic scarcity of water; Rights to access to water: types of water rights, customs and traditions in water rights; Water pricing: concepts of average and marginal cost pricing, flat rate, uniform rate, increasing block tariff and seasonal rate models; Formal and informal water markets: urban, rural and peri urban linkages; Water and the environment: use and non-use value of water, non-revenue waters (NRW), unaccounted for water (UFW), market failure and externality; Water governance: water policies and water acts, water regulatory authorities, water disputes management, and global water diplomacy
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
HS 200 | B.Tech Course | IIT Guwahati
From Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals: scale, scope and interrelationship of SDGs, and Agenda 2030; Realizing the SDGs: ‘degrowth’, circular economy, inclusive society, sustainable cities, transport, digital revolution, innovation and infrastructure, goal based business models, sustainable designs, technology, renewable energy, sustainable production and consumption; Financing the SDGs: types of financing, new financing mechanisms and global funds; Implementing SDGs: governance and policy tools such as openness, participation, accountability, effectiveness and coherence; OECD’s framework for policy coherence for sustainable development
Globalization and Sustainable Development
HS 609 | MA in Development Studies | IIT Guwahati
Stream: Economics, Globalization and sustainable development: terms, concepts and challenges, inter-generational and intra-generational effects, human development, indigenous knowledge, governance and sustainable development; Climate change as a challenge to sustainable development: interrelationship between climate change and economic development, impact of climate change on natural resources and livelihood; Mitigation and adaptation to climate change: role of State, civil society, firms, corporate social responsibility, international environmental agreements and climate change.
Socio-economic and Policy aspects of Disaster Risk Reduction
DM 502 | MA in Development Studies, MS(R), PhD Programme | IIT Guwahati
Stream: Disaster Management, Syllabus: Impact of disaster on socio-economic aspects of a place; disaster and development; role of governance in disaster management; five year plans and disaster management; direct and indirect costs, output and welfare losses, benefits of disaster risk reduction, challenges of making economic assessments, Gender and disaster; Community-hazard profiles in India; Different phases of Disaster Management; Relief mechanism.; Roles of NDMA, SDMA; Objectives, provisions and recommendations of DM Act 2005 and NPDM 2009.