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Dr S. Mohammed Irshad

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Disasters and Development , School of Research Methodology, Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies

M.A., M.Phil. (Kerala University), Ph.D. (Kerala University)


S. Mohammed Irshad is currently an Assistant Professor with the Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies. He holds a MPhil and PhD in Development Economics from the University of Kerala where he looked at the contradictions of foreign aid and water governance.



Disaster Economics, Development Policies, Water Governance, Foreign Aid, Development and Risk 



Chapters in Book

Politics of drought and water management in India (co authored with Prof Saeid Eslamian).Handbook of Drought and Water Scarcity.2017 – CRC Press, edited by Saeid Eslamian and Faezeh A. Eslamian

The Pipe Dreams of Development: Institutionalising Drinking water supply in Kerala, in Bose, Satheese Chandra and Varughese, Shiju Sam (eds.). 2014. Kerala Modernity: Ideas, Spaces and Practices in Transition. Hyderabad: Orient BlackSwan.  978-81-250-5722-

Institutional Changes, Public Provision and Drinking Water Supply in Kerala, co-author with N C Narayanan, in the book “Water Governance and Civil Society Responses in South Asia”. Edt N C Narayanan, S Parasuraman and Rajindra Ariyabandu. Routeldge, 2013. 0415710618


Journal Papers 

1.Irshad, S.Mohammed.2018. Agricultural Risk and Crop Insurance in India: An Analysis of Public and Private Sector Involvement in Crop insurances. European Insurance Law Review. UDC: 368.5(540). http://www.erevija.org/pdf/articles/eng/Mohamed%20Irsad%20engl.pdf

2.Irshad, S.Mohammed.2017. Islamophobia and the Struggle for Mainstreaming: An Enquiry into the Project of Building Islamophobia from West to East and Politics of Muslim Autonomy. Islam and Muslim Societies: A Social Science Journal, Vol. 10, No. 2 (2017)

3.Irshad, S.Mohammed. 2017.‘Economic recovery of disaster survivors: a critical analysis’, Int. J. Emergency Management, Vol. 13, No. 4, pp.368–381.

4.Irshad, S. Mohammed. 2016. Public Water and Private Access: a Critical Enquiry. International Journal of Social and Economic Research. 2016, Volume : 6, Issue : 4.

5.Irshad, S. Mohammed. 2016."Organized Rehabilitatio’, Resilience and Survivability: An Empirical Analysis".Disaster Advances.Vol. 9 (7) July (2016)

6.Irshad, S. Mohammed. 2015.Cashing in on Natural Resource Mismanagement: A Study on Depleting Sasthamkotta Fresh Water Lake in Kerala. Natural Resources and Conservation 3(3): 50-56, 2015. ISSN: 2331-6373

7.Irshad, S.Mohammed  and Jacquleen Joseph. 2016.An Invisible Disaster Endosulfan Tragedy of Kerala. Economic & Political Weekly EPW march 14, 2015 vol l no  11

8.Irshad, S. Mohammed. 2014.Governing disaster risk and ‘survivability’: the case of two villages in Kerala, India.Int. J. Emergency Management, Vol. 10, Nos. 3/4, 2014. ISSN 1741-5071

9.Irshad, S. Mohammed. 2014.Caste, asset and disaster recovery: the problems of being asset-less in disaster compensation and recovery. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. Vol 22. No 2, pp 137-145. ISSN No 1759 8273

10.Irshad, S. Mohammed. 2013.Mining, River Pollution and Disaster Risk Reduction: an Institutional Analysis. Environment and Ecology Research 1(3): 142-149, 2013 (ISSN: 2331-6268)

11.Irshad, S. Mohammed. 2013.Extreme Weather, Risk And 'Social Crisis': An Analysis Of Un-Answerability. Planet at Risk. GRF Davos Planet@Risk, Volume 1, Number 1, October 2013. ISSN:2296-8172

12.Irshad, S. Mohammed. 2013. Institutionalizing environmental hazards for ‘public needs’: Destruction of forest for drinking water supply in Kerala, India. Journal of Ecology and Natural Environment. DOI: 10.5897/JENE12.012. April 2013; 5(4) pp.50-55 ((ISSN:2006-9847)

13.Irshad, S. Mohammed. 2013. Arresting 'Development' as Environmental Governance: An Empirical Assessment. Asian Journal of Water, Environment and Pollution. Volume 10, Number 2 / 2013. pp 11-18 (ISSN 0972-9860)

14.Irshad, S. Mohammed. 2012. Foreign funding-induced development, institutional weakening and access to water: a case study from Kerala, India. Water Policy. Volume 15 Number 2. 2012. pp 281–291(ISSN Print: 1366-7017)

15.Irshad, S. Mohammed. 2012. Dalit Movements and the Political Economy of Biodiversity Conservation. Global Journal of Interdisciplinary social sciences. Vol. 1(1) 2012:10-13. (ISSN: 2319-8834)

16.Irshad, S. Mohammed. 2012.'Social Cost and Individual Benefit': A study on the political economy of water crisis of illegal slum dwellers in Mumbai and Community members in Rural Kerala. International Journal Social Sciences, 1(2)113-124, December, 2012 (ISSN Print 2249-6637)

17.Irshad, S. Mohammed. 2011.Drinking Water and Development in India's Planning: Mission Achieved and Mission Un-noticed . Journal of Human Development. Vol 3. Issue 2. December 2011. ISSN:0975-8119

18.Irshad, S. Mohammed. 2010.Pubic-Private Partnership as Privatization in Drinking Water Sector: A case study Indian Journal of Trade in Service, 2 (1) Jantis-June 2010

19.Irshad, S. Mohammed and Abu N M Wahid . 2009. A Critique Of Decentralization And Participatory Approach In Delivering Clean Water : The Case Of Rural India: Indian Journal for Economic and Business by June 2009. ISSN 0972-5784

20.Irshad, S. Mohammed. 2009. High-Cost-And-Limited-Access-Drinking-Water-Implications-And-Policy-Challenges. Journal of Indian Water Works Association, Date: Jul 2009 . Vol: 41 Issue: 3 pp: 222-225. ISSN 0970-275X

21.Irshad, S. Mohammed. 2008. Monograph on Kani Tribe. Published by Dravidian University. Andra Pradesh. Andra Pradesh. 2008 



Popular English Articles 


Demonetisation and black economy: Rhetoric versus reality. http://www.dailyo.in. 24-11-2016

Uniform Civil Code versus Muslim civil right. DECCAN CHRONICLE News paper. Oct 25, 2016

Budget overhaul: Modi govt just took the first step to privatise Indian Railways. Firstpost-Sep, 26 2016

Why inflation numbers do not make sense for India's poor.  Firstpost. June 8, 20166

Remove inequality in the farm sector; good monsoon alone can not push growth. First post April 22, 2016

Why relief-centric approach to drought mitigation is going to fail?. Firstpost. May 5, 2016

Kerala’s Local Body Elections, 2015: An Analysis.mainstreamweekly.15 April 2016

Muzaffarnagar’ an identity of exclusion. http://sanhati.com/excerpted/8907/ January 14, 2014

Is Aam Admi Party A Hope?http://www.countercurrents.org/irshad231213.htm 23 December, 2013

Kerala Government’s Salwa Judum Experiment. http://sanhati.com/excerpted/8549/ November 17, 2013


Malayalam Articles

Idavum Kalavum (Space and Time). Column in Azhimukam web magazine  

Athuthritha vikasanthinte Thakarchayum Edathupakshabum (Crisis of Planned Deveopment and Left). Madhyamam daily. 29/06/2016


  • Dynamic of Institutionalising ‘bare minimum’ in disaster rehabilitation: the case of two villages in Kerala. JTCDM Funded

  • Privatization of struggle and ‘Nationalization of Exploitation’: A study on the issue of Land acquisition and public resistance against mining project. ICSSR Funded

  • Long Term Economic Impact of Flood: A study on recurring flood in Assam



Economic of Disaster and Disaster Finance.

Project Management in Disaster Context

Disaster Risk reduction and development planning

Conflict and Humanitarian Crisis




Theoretical Perspectives on Social Construction of Disaster

Public Policy and Disaster Governance


Email: mohammed.irshad[at]tiss[dot]edu

Assistant Professor
Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies
Tata Institute of Social Science
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E-Mail: mohammed.irshad@tiss.edu