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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)


I am an Assistant Professor of Disaster Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences. I am interested in disaster economics, risk economics, development planning, political economy of development , water governance and history of disasters. My research examines the relationship between state and society, welfare models and its contemporary challenges, disaster loss and its impacts on the economy more specifically the local economy and social and political movements around development and risk . I hold a PhD in Economics from University of Kerala , on the topic ‘Foreign Aid and Institutional Changes: An enquiry into the changing mode of water sector Governance in Kerala. . I am supervising six PhD Students on the topics, a) Tranboundary disaster risk reduction between India and Nepal, b) Social Security and Disaster Risk Management, c) Disaster and Fatality: An Economic analysis, d) Urban Environmental Risk Governance, e) Disaster and Exclusion, and f) Flood risk management and institutional changes.



Disaster economics, Risk economics, Development planning, Political economy of development , Disaster governance and History of disasters



Farewell To Welfare State: Niti Aayog, Demonetisation And GST. Published by Setu Prakashani (2019)

Chapters in Book

1. 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

2. 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-

3. 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


Research Report

Disaster, Disaster Management and Livelihood of Fishermen: A study on the selected areas of Kerala. http://kile.kerala.gov.in/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Final-Report-.pdf

Journal Papers 

1.      Joseph, Jacquleen; S. Mohammed Irshad and Allan Mathew Alex. 2021. Disaster recovery and structural inequalities: A case study of community assertion for justice. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Volume 66, December 2021, 102555

2.      Irshad, S.Mohammed.2020. 'Early Warning and Risk Management: A Case Study of the Ockhi Cyclone in Kerala'. Indian Journal of Social Work . The Indian Journal Of Social Work .Volume 81, Issue 3 July 2020

3.      Irshad, S.Mohammed.2021.Landslide Risk, Resilience and Resistance: Confronting community resilience with economic benefits in landslide-prone areas in Kerala. International Journal of Emergency Management.International Journal of Emergency Management, 2021 Vol.17 No.1, pp.17 - 29

4.      Irshad, S.Mohammed 2020.Covid-19 and Global ‘At-Risk Community’: Benefit-Sharing to Risk-Sharing  of Economic Crisis. Journal of Globalisation Studies. Vol 11, Number 2

5.      Irshad, S.Mohammed.2020.Disaster and Institutionalising Rehabilitation: Survivors experience and institutional Contestations. Disaster Response & Management. Volume 7, Issue 1.

6.      Irshad, S.Mohammed. 2019. Anti-Displacement Movement and Development Democracy: a Study on Keezhattur Protest in Kerala. Glocalism: journal o f culture, politics and innovation. 2019, 1,DOI: 10.12893/gjcpi.2019.1.6

7.      Irshad, S.Mohammed. 2018. Flood Risk, Adaptation and ‘Development Right’: A case study of flood risk in Assam.International Journal of Ecology & Development. Year 2018; Volume 33, Issue No. 4

8.      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

9.      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)

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

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

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

13.  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

14.  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

15.  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

16.  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

17.  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)

18.  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

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)

20.  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)

21.  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)

22.  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)

23.  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)

24.  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

25.  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

26.  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

27.  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



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


Popular English Articles

1. Trade pacts losing relevance, protectionism is becoming driving force of contemporary global treaties. https://www.firstpost.com/business/trade-pacts-losing-relevance-protectionism-is-becoming-driving-force-of-contemporary-global-treaties-6935481.html

2. 10% quota for EWS in general category: Govt should revise poverty line, ensure all poor come under the ambit. https://www.firstpost.com/business/10-quota-for-ews-in-general-category-govt-should-revise-poverty-line-ensure-all-poor-come-under-the-ambit-5872741.html

3. CMIE data shows 11 mn jobs lost in 2018: Labour reforms need of the hour, but no political party is serious about it. https://www.firstpost.com/business/cmie-data-shows-11-mn-jobs-lost-in-2018-labour-reforms-need-of-the-hour-but-no-political-party-is-serious-about-it-5846951.html

4. NITI Aayog has lost its direction; think tank does not put forward strategic and structural changes. https://www.firstpost.com/business/niti-aayog-has-lost-its-direction-think-tank-does-not-put-forward-strategic-and-structural-changes-5769381.html

5. State of Working in India report: Yet another warning on employment problems, but this too may fall on deaf ears. https://www.firstpost.com/business/state-of-working-in-india-report-yet-another-warning-on-employment-but-this-too-may-fall-on-deaf-ears-5270911.html

6. Decoding Goa economy: What is ailing the costal state amidst developing political crisis?. https://www.firstpost.com/business/decoding-goa-economy-what-is-ailing-the-costal-state-amidst-developing-political-crisis-5234801.html

7. Assam NRC row: Immigrants contribute to economy, not challenge it; govt should look beyond population numbers. https://www.firstpost.com/india/assam-nrc-row-immigrants-contribute-to-economy-not-challenge-it-govt-should-look-beyond-population-numbers-4890991.html

8. https://www.dailyo.in/user/12645/s-mohammed-irshad

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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






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

Disaster, Disaster Management and Livelohood of Fishermen: A study on the selected areas of Kerala

Project to Prepare comprehensive rehabilitation plan for fishing community of Kerala (Co PI)

The Great flood of Kerala 1924



Economic of Disaster and Disaster Finance.

Project Management in Disaster Context

Disaster Risk reduction and development planning

Risk economics and public finance

Theoretical foundations of disaster economic and finance

Foundation Course Lectures

a)Trajectory of India's Development

b) Contemporary issues in rural india

d) Inequality, Poverty & Unemployment




Theoretical Perspectives on Social Construction of Disaster

Public Policy and Disaster Governance


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

Assistant Professor

Centre for Disasters and Development
Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies
Tata Institute of Social Science
Post Box No 8313, Deonar, Mumbai-400088.
Phone: 91+22+2552 5893, 91 9833224070
E-Mail: mohammed.irshad@tiss.edu