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Dr Unmesh Patnaik

Associate Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Labour Studies, Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies , School of Habitat Studies

Ph.D. (IIT Bombay),
MA (Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune)


2003-2009: Ph.D. (Economics), Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, India

1999-2001: M.A. (Economics), Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics (Deemed to be University), Pune, India

1996-1999: B.A. (Economic Honours), Khallikote Autonomous College / Berhampur University, Odisha, India 


  • Applied Econometrics
  • Development Economics
  • Economic Impact Evaluation
  • Economics of Labour
  • Environment and Natural Resource Economics
  • Environment-Economy Linkages
  • FDI and Productivity
  • Vulnerability and Adaptation to Natural Disasters and Climate Change

International Journals (Peer Reviewed)

  • Patnaik U, P. K. Das and C. Bahinipati (2017), “Development interventions, adaptation decisions and farmers’ well-being: evidence from drought prone households in rural India”, Climate and Development; ISSN: 1756-5529; DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2017.1410084; Impact Factor: 2.051.
  • Patnaik, U. and P.K. Das, (2017), “Do Development Interventions Confer Adaptive Capacity? Insights from Rural India”, World Development (Elsevier), 97: 298-312, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.04.017; ISSN: 0305750X, Impact Factor: 3.102.
  • Patnaik, U. and K. Narayanan, (2015), “Are Traditional Coping Mechanisms Effective in Managing the Risk against Extreme Events? Evidences from Flood Prone Region in Rural India”, Water Policy, Vol. 17 (4): 724-741 (IWA Publishing), doi: 10.2166/wp.2014.065; Impact Factor 2015: 0.833; ISSN: 1366-7017.
  • Patnaik, U. and K. Narayanan, (2015), “How effective are Coping Mechanisms in securing Livelihoods against Climatic Aberrations? Evidences from Rural India”, International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, Vol. 7 (3): 359-374 (Emerald), Impact Factor 2014: 0.708; ISSN: 1756-8692; DOI 10.1108/IJCCSM-07-2014-0085.
  • Bahinipati, C. S. and U. Patnaik, (2015), “The damages from climatic extremes in India: Do disaster specific and generic adaptation measures matter?” Environmental Economics and Policy Studies (Springer), Vol. 17 (1):157-177; ISSN: 1432-847X; DOI 10.1007/s10018-014-0094-x.
  • Hochrainer, S., U.  Patnaik, D. Kull, P. Singh, and Shiraz, W. (2011), “Disaster Financing and Poverty Traps for Poor Households: Realities in Northern India” International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, Vol. 29 (1): 57-82, ISSN: 0280-7270.

National Journals (Peer Reviewed)

  • Patnaik U, P. K. Das and C. Bahinipati (2017), “Can Developmental Interventions Reduce Households’ Vulnerability? Empirical Evidence from Rural India”, Current Science, 113 (10) 2004-2013, Indian Academy of Sciences; doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i10/2004-2013; ISSN 0011-3891; Impact Factor: 0.833.
  • Patnaik U, P. K. Das and C. Bahinipati (2016), “Coping with Climatic Shocks: Empirical Evidence from Rural Coastal Odisha, India”, Global Business Review (Sage), 17 (1) 161-175, SCImago Journal Rank Score: 0.211, ISSN: 0972-1509.
  • Patnaik, U., P. K. Das and C. Bahinipati (2015), “Efficiency of Cereal Production and Determinants of Cost Inefficiency in Natural Disaster-Prone Regions of Odisha (India)” Social Science Spectrum, Vol. 1 (3): 173-89, ISSN: 2454–2806.
  • Patnaik, U., P. K. Das and C. Bahinipati (2013), “Analyzing Vulnerability to Climatic Variability and Extremes in the Coastal Districts of Odisha, India” Review of Development and Change, Vol. 18 (2): 173-89, ISSN: 0972-2661.
  • Patnaik U. and K. Narayanan (2010), “Vulnerability of Households to Disaster Risks: Evidence from Rural India” Artha Vijnana, Vol. 52 (3), 261-73, ISSN: 0004-3559.

Book Chapters

  • Patnaik, U. and S. K. Sahu, (2018) “Foreign Direct Investment and Business Cycle Co-movement: Evidence from Asian Countries” in N.S. Siddharthan and K. Narayanan (eds.) Globalisation of Technology, Springer ISBN: 978-981-10-5423-5.
  • Bahinipati, C. S., U. Patnaik, and P.K. Viswanathan, (2015), “What Causes Economic Losses from Natural Disasters in India?”, in S. Dinda (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Climate Change Impact on Health and Environmental Sustainability, pp: 157-175. ISBN: 2325-9162. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-8814-8.ch008.
  • Patnaik, U. (2014), “India Agricultural Insurance: Current Status, Experiences and Challenges”, in M. U. Aquino (Ed) Agricultural Insurance of Selected Asian Countries: Current Status, Experiences, Strategies and Challenges, pp: 61-116, Asia-Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (APRACA), Bangkok. ISBN: 978-616-92335-5-8.

Working Papers (Peer Reviewed)

  • Patnaik, U., P. K. Das, C. S. Bahinipati and O. Tripathy, (2016), Can Developmental Interventions Reduce Households’ Vulnerability? Empirical Evidence from Western Odisha, India, GIDR Working Paper Series No. 235, Gujarat Institute of Development Research (GIDR), Ahmedabad, India ISBN: 81-89023-93-4.
  • Patnaik, U. and S. K. Sahu (2016), The Tradeoffs between GHG Emissions, Income Inequality and Productivity, MSE Working Paper No. 144/2016, Madras School of Economics, Chennai.
  • Bahinipati, C. S. and U. Patnaik, (2015), Climate Change Economics: A Review of Theoretical Understandings and Controversies, GIDR Working Paper No. 226, Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmadabad, India ISBN: 81-89023-84-5.
  • Hallegatte S., F. Henriet, A. Patwardhan, K. Narayanan, S. Ghosh, S. Karmakar, U. Patnaik, A. Abhayankar, S. Pohit, J. Corfee-Morlot, C. Herweijer, N. Ranger, S. Bhattacharya, B. Murthy, S. Priya, K. Dhore, R. Farhat, P. Mathur and N. Naville (2010), “Flood Risks, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Benefits in Mumbai: An Initial Assessment of Socio-Economic Consequences of Present and Climate Change Induced Flood Risks and of Possible Adaptation Options”, OECD Environment Working Papers, No. 27, OECD, Paris, ISSN: 1997-09009.

Popular Press / Policy Brief

  • Patnaik, U. and T. Jayaraman, “An Enquiry into the Losses and Damages from Floods in India: Some Preliminary Observations” 8th International Conference on Climate Change Climate Action:  Mitigation and Adaptation in a Post Paris World: Summary Report, Policy Briefs and Research Papers, Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai pp.85-88.
  • Patnaik, U. and K. Narayanan “Are Traditional Coping Mechanisms Effective in Managing the Risk against Extreme Events? Evidences from Flood Prone Region in Rural India” Global Water Forum, November 30, 2015. http://www.globalwaterforum.org
  • Patnaik, U. “Climate Change Adaptation” The Political and Business Daily, Cuttack Edition, November 22, 2015. http://pbdodisha.in/Details.aspx?id=44624&boxid=64225820&dat=11/22/2015

Ongoing and Completed

  • “Socioeconomic and Environmental Impact Assessment of Konkan Railways”funded by 3ie International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, New Delhi, Duration 24 months (December 2016 – December 2018), Status: Ongoing.
  • "Climate Change Adaptation in Industrial Areas", funded By: Consortium INTEGRATION Environment & Energy Gmbh, Grafenberg and German International Cooperation (GIZ), Germany, Duration: July, 2015 to March, 2017, Status: Completed
  • “Adaptation to climate change in agriculture in selected coastal districts of Gujarat” funded by Aga Khan Rural Support Programme India, Duration 6 Months (September, 2015 – February, 2016), Status: Completed.
  • “Effect of Livelihood Intervention Programmes on Adaptive Capacity of Households” funded by South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE), Nepal; Research Grant No. SANDEE/2013-06; Duration: 24 months (December, 2013-December, 2015); Status: Completed.
  • “Impact of Natural Disasters and Climate Change on Social Fabric and Livelihoods in Coastal Districts of Odisha”, funded by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi; F. No. 02/128/2011/RP); Duration: 18 months (May, 2012 – Dec, 2013); Status: Completed.

Current Teaching

  • Applied Econometrics
  • Microeconometrics
  • Environment and Natural Resource Economics
  • Economics of Climate Change
  • Globalization and Labour
  • Macroeconomics
  • Dynamics of Labour Markets
  • Data Analytics

Previously Taught

  • Microeconomics
  • Urban Economics
  • Vulnerability, Adaptation and Livelihoods
  • Principles of Economics

Email: unmesh.patnaik[at]tiss[dot]edu