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Dr Shibu K Mani

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Disaster Management , Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies

M.Tech. (IIT, Roorkee),
Ph.D. (Northumbria University, New Castle, UK)


Disaster Management (DM) Profile

Teaching Post Graduate Level- MA/MSc,  Online certificate courses (IFRC-TISS Certificate program, EPadshala, MOOC-forthcoming) & MPhil Courses in Disaster Management (Thematic areas: Understanding Risk & Mitigations; Disasters & Urban governance; Field Methods in Disaster Management ; Post Disaster Need Assessment; Humanitarian Supply Chain, Understanding and developing societies)
Research (Topics) MA/MSc, MPhil & PhD Supervision (Risk, Resilience, Culture of Safety & Maintenance). Specific areas of Interest – Urban Local Body Governance and Disaster Risk Management, Contextualising Sendai framework for DRR at Urban/Rural Local Body level
Research & Field work (Spatial coverage) Eco Regions/Drainage Basins : Mountainous (Himalayas, Wester Ghats, Aravalli); Deserts (Rajasthan); Flood Plains (Gangetic plains, Mahanadi, Meenachil); Coastal (Kerala, Maharashtra)
Field Locations (Disaster Response/recovery) Bhuj Earthquake (2001 Response), Rajasthan Drought (2000 Response), Tsunami (2005 – Recovery),Kosi Flood (2008 Response & Recovery), Odisha Floods (2012 Response), Uttrakahan Flood (2013 Response and Recovery);
Training/ Workshops/ Lectures For NGOs, Government Departments, Colleges, University Departments, Schools, Disaster Specific Conferences (National and International), Mass Media Courses
DM Curriculum/ DM Plan process Support MSC DM Syllabus at Mahatma Gandhi University (2010, 2016); Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management (JTCDM) MA/MSc Course Curriculum (2009, 2012, 2014); IFRC – TISS Online Course (2012, 2016), JTCDM Mphil Course Curriculum (2016); J&K DM Plan (2013-2014), Kottayam District DM Plan (2009-2011), Pune Municipal Corporation DM Plan (2016), Tamil Nadu State School Syllabus on DM (2016), Reference Book in Disaster Management for Schools in Kerala (2017)
Projects undertaken 1. Extreme Floods in Himalayan Region (JTCDM Funding, Ongoing)
2. Epidemiological Study and Intervention in Indian villages prone to Water Borne Diseases (2001-2007)
3. Ground water Recharge Studies to combat Agricultural Drought in Gangetic Plains (2000-2001)
Path Forward
To work on Interdisciplinary methods development for Disaster Management; To contribute Science, Policy and DM domain



Career profile:   

2010 - Till Date Assistant Professor, Centre for Disaster Management, TISS, Mumbai
2007-2010 Lecturer, Disaster Management, School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India
2001-2007 Senior Research Associate, School of Environmental Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology  & School of Applied Sciences, Northumbria University, New Castle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
2000-2001 Research Officer, International Water Management Institute (Sri Lanka)  Project Team - Ground Water Recharge Studies
1998-2000 Lecturer, Department of Geology, Government Colle, Kottayam, Kerala, India
1995-1998 Scientific Officer, IDRC & UNICEF Projects @ South South Solidarity (NGO), New Delhi
1992-1995 MTech (Applied Geology with specialisation in Water Resources Development), School of Earth Science, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India
1989-1992 BSc (Geology), Department of Geology, Government College, Kottayam, Kerala, India

  • Hazards/Risks and Mitigation Studies (Urban/Rural)/ Risk - Resilience Coupling Studies
  • Disaster Impact Studies (Multiple, Floods, Earthquakes): Himalayan Region
    Environmental Sustainability, Impact Assessments, Risk Management
  • Water Resources Development (Surface and groundwater) and Disasters
  • Disaster Supply Chain Case Study Development (AAA strategy, Temporary suppy chain design, Pre positioning): "Crisis to understand Logistics & Logistics to understand Crisis"

PhD Supervision:

  1. Fasel T.I (2015-): Mass gatherings and Stampedes: Evaluation and remedies in an administrative perspective
  2. Priya Topno (2016-): Farm Resilience in India as Means of Growth
  3. Sujata Kadog (2016-): Contextualizing Sendai Frame Work for Disaster Risk Reduction at the Urban Local Body Level – A Case Study of Pune Municipal Corporation, Maharashtra
  4. Sachin Dash (2016-): Naturally Triggered Technological Disasters – A Case Study of Mumbai
  5. Arif Sultan (2017-): Extreme Floods in the Himalayan region : A Causative and Ipmact study



MPhil Supervision:

  • ·Ramakant N (2018)): Resilient Agriculture Based Pre-Harvest Management System of Paddy Cultivation: A Study of   Kalahandi District
  • Shahid P (2018): Disaster Risk Reduction Capacity Development in the Built Environment: A Comparitive Study of Post - Earthquake Recovery Processs in Nepal.

  •    Roshni K (2010): Evaluation of groundwater Resource in the Chamravattom Multi Purpose Project Command Area of Malappuram district in Kerala




MA/MSc supervision (Total: 58)

1. Girinath Reddy M.V (2018) Risk Communication, Risk Perception and Seismic Resilience Pathway Analysis: Post 2015 Gorkha Earthquake, Nepal.
2. Harsh Aditya (2018) Planning and Real Time Governence of Mass Gathering Events: Krishna Pushkaralu 2016
3. Sri Varshini Kaliappan (2018) Traditional Seeds in Agricultural Practices: A Pathway for Drought MItigation.
4. Sandeep Kullu (2018) Developing a Resilience Framework to Analyse Farmer's Perspective  on Threats & Vulnerabilities to Catastrophic Events: A Study of Horticultureal Farmers of Mahabaleshwar
5. Tanmay Uttam Gound (2018) Social Media: An Emerging Facilitation Platform for Effective Respnse and Risk Reduction
6. Deepika Chandra (2018) Supply chain Risks and Farmers' Vulnerability in the Apple Orchards of Uttrakhand
7. Shiivanjali R (2017) Human Development in Himalayan Glacial Terrain
8. Soumitra P (2017) Early warning Systems and Responses in India for Tropical Cyclones
Likun P (2017) Heat wave incidents in Odisha – An Evaluation
9. Lakshaman S (2017) Seismic Risk in Informal Settlements in Pune, India
10. Rohan M (2017) Soil Expansion and consequences in Farming in Andhra Pradesh
11. Omkar G (2017) Evaluation of Business Continuity plans for Chemicals and Gases Routing Industries through pipelines in and around Mumbai
12. Singh Y (2017) Progress and Challenges of Earthquake Early Warning Systems in India
13. Surbhi Malik (2016) Crowd Management in Sports Stadiums: A Case Study of Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, New Delhi
14. Pushpanjali P (2016) A Study of Teesta V Reservoir, Sikkim- Post construction Evaluation in respect of EIA Statement
15. Shubham T (2016) Evaluation of the Linkages Between Response and Development in Drought Prone Region: A Case Study of Bundelkhand
16. Jangkhogin L (2016) Impact on the Livelihood of People affected by Landslide: A Case Study on Keithelmanbi Landslide
17. Swati M (2016) Review of Business Continuity Management System in an Indian Power Company: A Case Study
18. Rachit N (2016) Glacial Lakes of Himalayas: An Evaluation of Vulnerabilities
19. Kumar Sumit (2015) Links between road dis-connectivity due to disasters and livelihood patterns: A study from flood affected district of Rudraprayag district in Uttrakhand
20. Srivastava Shubhum (2015) Evaluation of relief logistics and distribution challenges in flood affected areas of Agastyamuni, Uttrakhand
21. Astha A.K (2015) An analysis of the impact of lightning incidents in Jharkhand: An Underrated disaster
22. Singh Anil (2015) Mangroves in creek environment and their impact on flood control: A case study of Dahisar are, Mumbai
23. Gupta Jatin (2015) Risk assessment and emergency plan for manufacturing industries: A case study of pharmaceutical company
24. Pranav Jha (2014) A study of WASH based preparedness, The case of Balua, a village in Bihar
Vipin Yadav (2014)    Resilience Indexing for Gurgaon, Hariyana
25. Madhu Kumari (2014) Landless amidst land: A study of livelihood recovery after the situation in agricultural fields of Supaul district due to Kosi floods of 2008       MA Social work and social entrepreneurship
26. Snehal J Shahare (2014) The efficacy of coastal regulation and policies towards urban disaster risk reduction: A case study of Mumbai
27. Kumar,S (2012): Evaluation of Field Potentiality of Communication Technologies in Different Disaster Scenarios.
28. Ambika, D (2012): Role of Education in Disaster Management at School Level
29. Kiran, G. (2012):  Industrial Hazard Analysis using CAMEO Software: A Case Study from Jaipur.
30. Shaswat (2011): Operational Limits and Opportunities in Humanitarian Logistics: A Study of Gosaba area in Sunderbans  after Cyclone Aila
31. Group Project (2010): A Site Specific Account of Physical and Social Vulnerability to Debris Flow - A Case Study from Kutyadi River Basin
32. Sreejamol P.G (2010): An investigation on medical emergency services and road accidents in Kottayam township, Kerala
33. Sujamol K.S (2010): Improvisation in drought combating strategies- A case study from Palakkad district, Kerala
34. Simna M.V(2010): An investigation on malnourishment among marginalized communities in the periyar tiger reserve
35. Rakhi S. (2010): Distribution regularity and characteristic evaluation of debris flow hazard in upper catchment of Meenachil river basin
36. Seetha Lakshmi S (2010): Mobilisation of community based disaster management practices in a flood prone village of Vembanadu back water stretch
37. Ponmani K Sasidharan (2010): Development and field evaluation of basic life support system tools in community disaster preparedness
38. Lekha Mohan (2010): Contextual methods for preparing coastal emergency management plan for Ernakulam District, Kerala
39. Ramshina K.V (2010): Evaluation of debris flow producing basin characteristics- A case study from Meenachil river basin
40. Sujitha V (2010): Need assessment for inducting disaster management knowledge base in the kerala state education sector
41. Sanid P.V (2010): Threat zone simulation of flammable and toxic releases in chemical transportation sector- An emergency preparedness approach.
42. Group Project (2009): Salt Water Intrusion Scenario in Alapuzha District, Kerala in the context of Quiet Disasters
43. Asha Rose. (2009): Evaluation of Post Disaster phase activities undertaken by a Non Governmental Organization (ESAF) in the Tsunami affected areas of Kanyakumari District
44. Dhanya (2009): Induction of Natural Calamity Compensation in to The Risk Analysis of Kottayam District Disaster Management Plan
45. Jesnamol M M. (2009): Forest Fire  Management Strategies for Periyar Tiger Reserve
46. Jismi Raj (2009): Comparative Study of Awareness on Disaster Management Concepts Among High School Students of State Board And CBSE Syllabus
47. Johncy Mathew (2009): Application of Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations in Chemical Disasters
48. Mamatha K.M (2009): Application of a Psychosocial Tool Among Tsunami Affected Community in Kollam District, Kerala
49. Ratheesh Kumar (2009): An Investigation of Road Accident Prone Curves of National Highway 220 in Kottayam District
50. Sreeraj N. (2009): GIS-aided Forest Fire Prone Area Delineation of Periyar Tiger Reserve
51. Thomas Shaju (2009): Feasibility Study on Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) And It’s Integration into Disaster Management Continuum
52. Group Project (2008): Flood risk reduction strategies- A case study from Meenadom watershed in Kottayam district, Kerala
53. Amalraj M (2008): Geoinformatics Applications in Emergency Management at the District Level in India- Intricacies and Solutions
54. Faisel T Illiyas (2008): Relief and Reconstruction Processes – Lessons learnt from Kollam district, Kerala in the Wake of Tsunami, 2004
55. Divya M.S. (2008): Need of Structural Mitigation Measures – A Case study from Coastal Hazards Prone Area of Alapuzha District
56. Abhilash P A (2008): Emergence of Chikungunya in Kottayam District- Need of Strategies for Developing Appropriate Disaster Management Plan
57. Aishwarya N. (2008):Information Management for the Development of Kottayam District Disaster management Plan  - A Pilot Study Using GIS Applications
58. Ambily P.G (2008): March shower, 2008- Impact on economy of Kottayam district


  1. Srikanth L, Mani S.K and Das M (Submitting March 2018). Contextualizing Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and New Urban Agenda to Metropolitan ULBs for Seismic Risk Management in India . Journal of Risk , Hazardss and Crisis in Policy.
  2. Mani S.K, Srikanth L., Das, M (Book chapter Work in Progress- May 2018). Rethinking Reconnaissance as a Pathway for Disaster Risk Reduction. The book series “Geographies of the Anthropocene” edited by Association for Scientific Promotion “Il Sileno”, in collaboration with the Laboratory of Cartography and Neogeography of the Department of Languages and Educational Sciences at the University of Calabria (Italy)
  3. Mani S.K., Amalraj, Jismyraj (in press). Risk Consiousness and Civi responsibilities: Role of School students in Disaster Management. Reference Book in Disaster Managementfor the schools in Kerala. State Council of Educational Research and training, Kerala
  4. Faisel, T.I., Mani S.K (2018). Hazard-centric Evacuation Experiments - A Study on Occupant Responses to Earthquake Alarm. Disaster Advances. Vol. 11 (4): 18-27
  5. Faisel, T.I., Mani, S.K (Submitted). Routine to Rare risk: A Case Study of Firecracker explosion disaster in India. International Journal of Disaster Science

    Faisel, T.I., Mani, S.K., Pradeepkumar, A.P. and Mohan, K (2014). Lightning Risk in India: Challenges in Disaster Compensation. EPW XLIX (23): 23-26
  6. Faisel, T.I., Mani, S.K., Pradeepkumar, A.P. and Mohan, K (2013). Human stampedes during religious festivals. International Journal of Disaster risk Reduction. 5: 10-18
  7. Mani, S.K. (2012). Hazard Ecology. Book Review. Rajagiri Journal of Social Development. 4(1): 85-88.
  8. Mani, S.K. (2012). Triple C (Change, Chaos and Complexities) and Sustainability. Abstracts of the National Seminar on Sustainable Development: Recent Trends in Meeting the Challenges (NSSD 2012), January 19-20, School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala.
  9. Kumar, R., Illiyas,F. and Mani, S.K. (2011). An Investigation on Road accident Prone Curves of National Highway 220 in Kottayam District. Proceedings of Disaster, Risk and Vulnerability Conference,  March 12-14, 2011, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala . ISBN 978-3-943321
  10. Mohandale,H.,Amit Prakash, Sinha,S. and Mani, S.K. (2011). Mobilising Disaster Communication with LIFENET. Proceedings of Health and Humanitarian Logistics Conference, March 12-14, 2011,Georgia Tech University, USA.
  11. Mani, S.K. (2011).Health and Humanitarian Logistics – What beyond Relief?. Proceedings of Health and Humanitarian Logistics Conference, March 12-14, 2011,Georgia Tech University, USA.
  12. Mani, S.K. (2011). Solar Disinfection of Drinking Water in India: Possibilities and Challenges. Proceedings (Abstracts) of International Workshop on Advances in Disinfection Technologies, Feb 2nd, 2011. National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur.
  13. Irshad,M., Mani, S.K. (2010). Disaster Financing, Logistics and ‘Development’. Proceedings (Abstracts) of Third International Roundtable Conference, Dec 13-14, 2010, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
  14. Reed, R.H., Singh I.S.B and Mani, S.K. (2009) Solar disinfection of drinking water: lessons from field studies in India. In Progress on Drinking water Research: Nova Science publishers, Hauppauge, USA, 20 pp.
  15. Mani, S.K., and Illiyas, F.T. (2009). Equipping School Students in Disaster Management: Role of School Teachers. Proceedings of the UGC Sponsored conference on “Equipping Secondary School Teachers to meet the Changing Roles” 7th March 2009, St. Joseph’s Training College, Kottayam, Kerala.
  16. Mani, S.K., and Illiyas, F.T. (2009). Disaster Management Learning through Education – An Essential ingredient for Sustainable Development. Proceedings of the UGC Sponsored National Seminar on “Education the Sine qua non for sustainable Development” 20th August 2009, St. Thomas College of teache Education, Pala, Kottayam, Kerala.
  17. Illiyas, F., and Mani, S.K. (2009). Administrative Thrusts and Community Demands in Disaster Management - An Evaluation of Post Tsunami Disaster Proceedings in Kerala, India. Proceedings of Second India Disaster Management Congress (IDMC), November 4—6, 2009 Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi
  18. Reed, R.H., Singh I.S.B, Mani, S.K., and Kanjur, R. (2007). Solar disinfection of drinking water for households in rural India. Water and Sewerage Journal 4/2007: 61-62
  19. Mani, S.K., Kanjur, R., Bright Sigh, I.S. and Reed, R.H. 2006. Comparative effectiveness of solar disinfection using small-scale batch reactors with reflective, absorptive and transmissive rear surfaces. Water Research 40, 721-727.
  20. Mani, S.K., Kanjur, R., Raj, B.S., Surekha, I.S., Bright Singh, I.S., and Reed, R.H. (2006). Solar disinfection as a management strategy for drinking water treatment in rural households and in natural diasters. Proceedings of the XVIII Kerala Science Congress, 368-370.
  21. Reed, R.H., Mani, S.K , Bright Singh, I.S. (2006). Women, work and water: solar water treatment as a sustainable household-level approach in rural India. International Conference on Women & Infectious Diseases, Atlanta, USA
  22. Reed, R.H., Bright Singh, I.S., Mani, S.K, Kanjur, R., Simon, N. and Mol, S. 2005. Making the most of a scarce resource – solar disinfection of drinking water in the arid zone of western Rajasthan. Arid Lands Newsletter 57 at: http://ag.arizona.edu/OALS/ALN/aln57/reed.html.
  23. Reed, R.H., Bright Singh, I.S., Mani, S.K and Kanjur, R. 2005. Small-scale solar disinfection systems for household-level water treatment in rural India. Proceedings of the XIIth World Water Congress 1, 64-79.
  24. Reed, R.H., Mani, S.K. and Meyer,V. (2000). Solar photo oxidative disinfection of drinking water: Preliminary filed observations. Letters of Applied Microbiology. 30, 432-436
  25. Mani, S.K., and Singh, S.K. (1999). Numerical modelling of unsteady flow to a well in two-layered aquifer system. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, Indian Society for Hydraulics. 5(1), 68-76.

 Contribution/Non-published Papers/ Reports

  1. Mani, S.K. (2000). Contribution to : Ground Water Recharge Studies in Madhya Ganga Canal Project. Consultancy Report to IWMI, Colombo, Sri (Chawla, A.S., 2000)
  2. Mani, S.K. (1997). Contribution to: Fresh-waters for India’s children and nature: learning from local level approaches (Nigam et al., 1997, UNICEF).
  3. Carr-Harris, J., Chawla, A.S., Mani, S.K and Mammen, S.T (1997).Fresh water supply and eco stress in Garhwal area. Seminar Proceedings, Continuing education department, IIT Roorkee.
  4. Chawla, A.S., Mani, S.K., Mammen, S.T and Singh, A. (1997). Semi arid ecozone in Rajasthan- A micro level assessment. South South Solidarity, New Delhi.
  5. Chawla, A.S., Mammen, S.T., Mani, S.K and Singh, A. (1997). Flood prone ecozone in Eastern Uttar Pradesh- A micro level assessment. South South Solidarity, New Delhi.
  6. Carr-Harris, J., Chawla, A.S., Mohanty, R., Singh, A., Mani S.K and Mammen, S.T. (1997). Freshwater case study in Garhwal Himalayas: Comparison and analysis of water and women’s stress in two micro areas. South South Solidarity, New Delhi.

Projects in Pipeline

Proposal for engagement of TISS for Off-Site Chemical Hazard Preparedness & Emergency Response(Pune/Navi Mumbai).

A Study on Capacity Development for Addressing the Challenges of Non Performing Assets in Agricultural Crop Loans (NABARD)

Contextualizing Sendai frame work for disaster risk reduction in Urban Local Bodies in India (Pune) - submitted to Azim Premji research Grant

2000-2001 : Madhya Ganga Canal and its Groundwater recharge Potential. Funded by International Water Management Institute, Sri Lanka

2001-2007: Development and Evaluation of Solar Disinfection Point of Use System in Rural India. Funded by Welcome Trust, UK. The joint project

2014-2016: Extreme events in the Himalayan Region - An Evaluation (JTCDM finding)





1 Disasters, Hazards and Extreme Events MA/MSc 2013-2018
2 Technical Skills (specific to EIA) MA/MSc 2015-2018
3 Field Work Course:Hazard, Vulnerability, Capacity Assessment MA/MSc 2014-2018
4 Fundamentals of Disaster Logistics and Supply chain Management MSc 2014-2018
5 Introduction to Hazards, Vulnerabilities and Disasters MA/MSc 2012-2013
6 Strategic Planning in Disaster Logistics MSc 2010-2011
7 Distribution Networks in Disasters MSc 2010-2011
8 Fundamentals of Logistics and Disaster Management MSc 2010-2011
9 Principles of Management and Introduction to Supply Chain Management MSc 2010-2011
10 Ground water resource and depletion MSc 2007-2010
11 Disaster mitigation & management plan MSc 2007-2010
12 Hydrological disasters MSc 2007-2010
13 Fundamentals of disaster studies MSc 2007-2010
14 Risk assessment and vulnerability analysis MSc 2007-2010
15 Fundamentals of environmental systems MSc 2007-2010
16 Geomorphology MSc 1998-2000
17 Remote Sensing &Photogrammetry MSc 1998-2000
18 Stratigraphy and Indian Geology BSc 1998-2000
19 Hydrogeology MSc 1998-2000
20 Metamorphic Petrology MSc 1998-2000

Email: shibumanik[at]tiss[dot]edu

Hotmail: shibumanik@hotmail.com


Dr Shibu K Mani

Assistant Professor

Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management

Naoroji campus, Roon No:1

Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Deonar - 400088

Phone: +91 22 25525892 (Office)

Mobile: +91 961612971 (Email is preferred for communication)