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


Forthcoming Events

 EPU Seminar by Rashmi Barua (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

Still Waters Run Deep: Groundwater Arsenic Contamination & Education Outcomes in India


Date : Thursday, June 20th, 2019 [Unusual slot]

Time: 11:30 AM to 1 PM.

Venue: Seminar room 2


EPU Seminar by Kanishka Kacker (Indian Statistical Institute – Delhi)

Inter-Regional Coal Mine Competition in the US: Evidence from Rail Restrictions

 Date : Friday, June 21st, 2019

Time: 11:30 AM to 1 PM.

Venue: Seminar room 2



Past Events

 Seminar by Isha Zaveri (World Bank) The Nitrogen Legacy: Long-Term Effects of Water Pollution on Human Capital
March 5th, 2019 at 3:30 PM, Seminar 2, Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi


14th Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development
December 19-21, 2018 at Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi

The Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, invites researchers to submit papers for the 14th Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development. The Conference provides a forum for dissemination of modern research in  economic growth and development. Papers with an India focus are especially welcome.

For more details on registration and submission of papers click here

  CECFEE and CPR Policy Day Event on ‘Research for Policy Action on Air Pollution’
17 December 2018, The Claridges, New Delhi, 11:30 am- 1:30 pm


Please click here to find the full video of the panel discussion, the question and answer session that followed, coverage of the panel by The Print and the key takeaways from the session. For a brief summary of the event click here

  4th Annual CECFEE Research & Policy Workshop

                                                         November 16 – 17, 2018, Goa

The Center for research on the Economics of Climate, Food, Energy and Environment (CECFEE) of the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, organised the 4th Annual CECFEE Research and Policy Workshop in collaboration with the Environment for Development (EfD) Initiative of University of Gothenburg  and Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi on 16th and 17th November 2018 in Goa. The workshop saw participation and presentations from academics, researchers and policy representatives discussing important and urgent Environmental concerns. A summary of the presentations made at the workshop can be accessed here


Workshop Agenda

Workshop Photos


EfD Annual meeting 2018

November 2 – 5, 2018 at Hanoi, Vietnam

More Information on EfD Annual meeting 2018 


WCERE 2018 – 6th World Congress of Environmental and Resources Economists

June 25 – 29, 2018 at University of Gothenburg, Sweden

More Information on WCERE 2018 

 Public Economics Workshop
March 20 – 21, 2018 at DSE, Delhi

Delhi School of Economics jointly organized the Public Economics Workshop on March 20-21st, 2018 with The Center for research on the economics of Climate, Food, Energy and Environment (CECFEE), ISI Delhi and University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Workshop Schedule


February 23, 2018 at ISI, Delhi

Professor Randall A. Bluffstone, Director of the Institute for Economics and Environment, Portland State University was the speaker at the CECFEE seminar held on 23rd February’2018 at ISI, Delhi. His talk was on improved biomass cook stove research in Ethiopia.


3rd Annual CECFEE Workshop
November 17 – 18, 2017, Udaipur

The Centre for research on the Economics of Climate, Food, Energy and Environment (CECFEE) of the Indian Statistical Institute organized the 3rd annual CECFEE on 17-18th of November, 2017. The workshop was in collaboration with EfD, the Environment for Development Initiative of University of Gothenburg. There were presentations from academics, researchers and policy representatives spread over two days along with two Policy Panels on urban issues and air pollution and restoration of degraded lands. A field visit was organized in collaboration with Seva Mandir to explore various efforts towards reviving degraded lands. The workshop brought together representatives from all segments of the society to foster an informed dialogue among them concerning the heated issues impacting the environment.


Workshop Agenda

Workshop Photos



 Expert review workshop on the issue of Crop Residue Management and Air Pollution
November 7 -8, 2017 in Jaipur

The Nature Conservancy, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA), and the Council on Energy, Environment & Water (CEEW) organized the workshop that focused on the challenges of adopting and scaling up the use of the Happy Seeder technology, to reduce crop residue burning. The goal of this workshop was to recommend the ideal mix of financial tools to incentivize farmers towards transitioning to soil incorporation/no till practices. Based on the results and discoveries from this workshop and the stakeholder meetings held in Delhi and Punjab, the host organizations hope to launch a set of activities to strengthen the use of the Happy Seeder technology in India. 

CECFEE members participated in the stakeholders meeting and are involved in finalizing the workshop report.



 Environment for Development (EfD) 11th Annual Meeting & PIC Workshop
October 27 – 30, 2017 in Ethiopia

The EfD annual meeting was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It was hosted by the Environment and Climate Research Center (EfD – Ethiopia) and the EfD Secretariat. The EfD annual meeting brought together researchers from all EfD centers and their collaborators. The PIC workshop dedicated to policy interaction and communication was held on October 24-25. Click here for more information 


Development Seminar @ Brookings India

Environmental Challenges in India

Date : January 20, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Venue : Lecture Theatre, Brookings India, Second Floor
6, Dr Jose P Rizal Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110021, India

Contact : Shamika Ravi (shamika.ravi’at’brookingsindia’dot’org)

The speaker for this Development Seminar @ Brookings India is Prof. E. Somanathan (Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi). The discussant is Dr. Ajay Mathur (Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute). They will be followed by Shri Ajay Narayan Jha (Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India) who will give a Keynote Address.


Environmental problems including climate change, air pollution and forest degradation have reduced incomes and worsened health in India. Prof. Somanathan will examine the evidence on some of these findings. The weaknesses in our institutions that permitted this to happen will be highlighted. Some of these challenges, climate change in particular, are going to become more severe over time. The speaker will analyse some likely future technological, economic and climate scenarios that can emerge from this, and will examine the political and social reactions to these. Further, he will discuss the changes in the Indian institutions and policies that are required to address these challenges.

 2nd Annual CECFEE Workshop
October 15 – 16, 2016, Ranthambhore

2nd annual CECFEE workshop was organized by the center along with the EfD of the University of Gothenburg on 15-16th of October, 2016. There were presentations from academics, researchers and policy representatives spread over two days along with a Policy Panel which discussed the importance of environmental research and its impact on policy. Fledgling issues of Climate Change and environmental concerns were discussed. The workshop aims at becoming an annual event which will bring together representatives from all segments of the society to foster an informed dialogue among them concerning the heated issues impacting the environment.

CECFEE workshop is an annual event, organized to by the Center to promote relevant research being done in the field.

Click here for more photos

Program Details

Workshop Agenda
Day 1: Saturday, October 15th, 2016
6:00- 10:00 Walk in Ranthambhore Fort or Jeep Safari in the National Park
11:00 – 13:00 1. Where gathering firewood matters: Proximity and forest management effects in hedonic pricing models for rural Nepal – Mani Nepal, SANDEE, with Apsara Nepal and Robert P. Berrens

2. Recreational Value of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems in India, by Pranab Mukhopadhyay, Goa University, with Santadas Ghosh, Sulochana Pednekar

3. Hidden Value: ecosystem services from snow leopard landscapes – Ranjini Murali, Nature Conservation Foundation

14.00 – 15.30 1. Distributional Implications of solar water pumps in Rajasthan Eshita Gupta, TERI University

2. The effect of the Delhi driving restriction trial on air pollution – Parikshit Ghosh, Delhi School of Economics, with Rohini Somanathan

16.00 – 17.30 POLICY SESSION BY
Environment for Development initiative
16:00 – 16:45 Y. V. Sahu, Director, Ranthambhor National Park
Ajay Mehta, Chairman, Seva Mandir
Edwin Muchapondwa, Professor, University of Cape Town
16:45 – 17:30 General discussion
Day 2: Sunday October 16th, 2016
6:00- 10:00 Walk in Ranthambhore Fort or Jeep Safari in the National Park
11:00 – 13:00 1. Effects of information on energy related choices: Experimental evidence from Uttar Pradesh and Kerala P.P. Krishna Priya, Delhi School of Economics

2. The Value of Acting Local: Microinstitutions and adoption of an environmental healthimproving technology Faraz Usmani, Duke University

3. Transitioning to modern cooking fuels by 2030: An assessment of costs and health benefits Ann Josey, Prayas with Ashok Srinivas and Ashwini Dabadge Centre for research on the Economics of Climate, Food, Energy and Environment, Indian Statistical Institute Delhi

14.00 – 15.30 1. Residual (uncompensated) effect of climate on livelihood – Saudamini Das, Institute of Economic Growth

2. Milk not Meat is the driver of methane emissions from livestock production in India, Ridhima Gupta, Indian School of Business, with Amlan Das Gupta

16.00 – 17.30 1. Pricing plastic: experimental evidence on incentives to reduce plasticbag use in India – Kanupriya Gupta, Asian Development Bank, with Rohini Somanathan

2. “Are crop yields and rainfall tail dependent ?”– Digvijay Negi, CECFEE, Indian Statistical Institute

3. Reforming Land Records – Vaidehi Tandel, IDFC with Mudit Kapoor
Workshop Venue: Nahargargh, Ranthmbhore

Conference on

“Gender-Just Food and Nutrition Security in India“
IFPRI (Delhi)

Talk by : Farzana Afridi

Gender and NREGA

29th August 2016.

1st CECFEE-Gothenburg Policy Workshop
November 2-3, 2015

Program Details

Workshop Agenda
Monday, November 2, 2015
Morning 1.  Introduction and Welcome – E. Somanathan

2.  About EfD – Gunnar Kohlin, University of Gothenburg

3. Credit, LPG Stove Adoption and Charcoal Consumption: Evidence from a Randomised Control Trial – Yonas Alem, University of Gothenburg

4. Global warming and air pollution have reduced wheat yields in India – Ridhima Gupta, Indian School of Business

5. Health irreversibility from early-life exposure to air pollution: Evidence from an Indonesian longitudinal survey – Subhrendu Pattanayak, Duke University

6. Importance of changing food habits in adapting to heat waves: Observations from private adaptation cost estimates – Saudamini Das, Institute of Economic Growth

Afternoon 1. Electricity Subsidies, Rationing and Manufacturing Growth in Rural India – Anant Sudarshan, University of Chicago Center in Delhi

2. The Future of the Indian Electricity Sector with High Renewable Penetration – Shoibal Chakravarty, National Institute of Advanced Studies

3. Panel Discussion: Climate Policies and Development
Panelists: E Somanathan, Chandra Bhushan, Haileselassie Medhin, Gunnar Kohlin

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Morning 1. Resilience of Indian Agriculture to Droughts. – Pratap Birthal, National Centre for Agricultural Policy

2. Solar Pumps and India’s energy-groundwater nexus – Shilp Verma, International Water Management Institute

3. Kerosene Subsidies in India: Welfare and Environmental Issues – K. S. Kavi Kumar, Madras School of Economics

4. Triggering Cooperation – Haileselassie Medhin, Ethiopian Development Research Institute

5. Drilling in the drought: The industrial organization of groundwater – E. Somanathan, Indian Statistical Institute

6. Forest Environmental Incomes: Evidence from two states in India – Haripriya Gundimeda, IIT-Bombay

Afternoon 1. Why the fate of production landscapes matters to adjoining protected areas – M. D. Madhusudan, Nature Conservation Foundation

2. Public Expenditure for Tiger Conservation in India: Understanding the Trends and Linkages – Bibhu Prasad Nayak, TERI

3. Emptying and transporting pit latrine waste in rural Bangladesh: Estimating costs and household willingness to pay – Soumya Balasubramanya, International Water Management Institute

4. The effect of Development on Climate Sensitivity of Electricity Demand of India – Eshita Gupta, TERI University


IFPRI-POSHAN conference on

“Maximizing the nutrition impact of social protection programs in India:
What will it take?”

 Talk by : Farzana Afridi

The Mid-day meal scheme and nutrition in India

 New Delhi, October 2015.