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. Some of CECFEE’s research projects also focus on the gendered aspects of these core areas of work, as well as women’s economic empowerment more broadly.  The Centre seeks to facilitate a network of researchers on these issues in the country, and create expertise to support government in policymaking. 

CECFEE began as a project with an internal start-up grant from the Policy Planning and Evaluation Committee (PPEC) in 2014 and joined the Environment for Development (EfD) network in 2017 as the ‘EfD India Centre’. 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. 

Currently, there is a pressing need for more capacity in economic modelling of energy and climate change, which is essential for long-term planning by the government and for background in international climate negotiations. CECFEE is conceptualised to provide high-quality research infrastructure on a permanent basis and, evidence-based inputs to the policy-making process.

The Economics and Planning Unit (EPU) of ISI is the top-ranked research department of economics in India with outstanding Master’s and PhD programs. Individual faculty members of the Unit have been engaging in research and supervising PhD theses on these topics for several years now. CECFEE strives to build a critical mass of research manpower and a wider network throughout the country as well as to establish links 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.