Centre for Research on the Economics of Climate, Food, Energy and Environment


The Centre for research on the Economics of Climate, Food, Energy and Environment (CECFEE) is dedicated to in-depth economic research and analysis on the interlocking issues of climate change, energy security, environmental protection, and food security in India,to support a network of researchers on these issues in India, and to create expertise to support government in policy-making. It began as a project with an internal startup grant from Policy Planning and Evaluation Committee (PPEC) in 2014. CECFEE joined the Environment for Development (EfD) network in 2017 as the EfD India Center. The network is coordinated by the EfD Secretariat, a special Unit at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

CECFEE was established as a center for excellence on July 24, 2020 pursuant to the decision of the ISI Council in its meeting held on June 09, 2020.

Currently, there is a critical need for more capacity in economic modeling of energy and climate change that is needed for long-term planning by the government and for background in international climate negotiations. CECFEE is conceptualized in order to provide high-quality research infrastructure on a permanent basis and to provide sound inputs to the policy-making process.

The Economics and Planning Unit (EPU) of the Indian Statistical Institute is the top-ranked research department of economics in India with outstanding Master’s and PhD programs in economics. Individual faculty members of the Unit have been engaging in research and supervising PhD theses on these topics for some years now. CECFEE, located in the EPU, will build a critical mass of research manpower and a wider network throughout the country as well as link up with researchers in other countries.

The civil society organization, Prachi Youth Organization, based in Kakatpur region of Odisha conferred the “Kamaladevi Smruti Samman” for year 2019 to Professor Saudamini Das. The award was given in recognition of her quality research, international fame and work as NABARD Chair Professor at the Institute of Economic Growth.