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Priya Shyamsundar


Priya Shyamsundar

Lead Economist

Priya Shyamsundar is an economist and social entrepreneur with extensive experience in the field of environment and development economics. She was Founder Director of SANDEE, a research network with a mandate to examine and identify solutions to South Asia’s shared environment-development challenges. SANDEE supports research and builds capacity on the economics of climate change, poverty and natural resources and pollution management. Priya has consulted extensively for the World Bank, most recently working with the Program on Forests to develop a comprehensive framework on forests and poverty.

Earlier in her career, Priya was Senior Program Officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke University and Research Associate at the Institute of Social Studies Trust.  She has served on advisory committees associated with the Government of India, the World Bank and the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program.  She currently serves as International Vice Chair, Board, International Institute for Sustainable Development, Canada. Priya’s research publications cover multiple environmental areas, including forests, climate change and watershed conservation.

Priya Shyamsundar has a Ph.D. in Environmental Economics from Duke University, loves long walks in the Himalayas and enjoys watching both Bollywood and Marvel Comics based shows with her teenagers.

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Publications

In Press

Rai, R. K., P. Shyamsundar L. D. Bhatta and M. Nepal. 2017. Market-based Strategies for Improving Municipal Water Supply in Mountainous Nepal (under review, Intl Journal of Water Resource Dev).

2017

Cheng, S.H., Ahlroth, S., Onder, S., Shyamsundar, P., Garside, R., Kristjanson, P., McKinnon, M.C. & Miller, D.C. (2017). What is the evidence for the contribution of forests to poverty alleviation? A systematic map protocol. Environmental Evidence, 6, 10.

Sharma, B., Shyamsundar, P., Nepal, M., Pattanayak, S. & Karky, B. (2017). Costs, cobenefits, and community responses to REDD+: a case study from Nepal. Ecology and Society, 22.

2015

Rai, R.K., Shyamsundar, P., Nepal, M. & Bhatta, L.D. (2015). Differences in demand for watershed services: Understanding preferences through a choice experiment in the Koshi Basin of Nepal. Ecological Economics, 119, 274–283.

2014

Griggs, D., Stafford Smith, M., Rockström, J., Öhman, M., Gaffney, O., Glaser, G., Kanie, N., Noble, I., Steffen, W. & Shyamsundar, P. (2014). An integrated framework for sustainable development goals. Ecology and Society, 19.

Haque, A.K.E., Khan, Z.H., Nepal, M. & Shyamsundar, P. (2014). Red Wells or Green Wells and Does It Matter? Examining Household Use of Arsenic-contaminated Water in Bangladesh. In: Environment and Development Economics (eds. Barrett, S., Mäler, K.-G. & Maskin, E.S.). Oxford University Press, pp. 174–199.

Mukhopadhyay, P., Nepal, M. & Shyamsundar, P. (2014). Building skills for sustainability: a role for regional research networks. Ecology and Society, 19.

Shyamsundar, P. & Ghate, R. (2014). Rights, Rewards, and Resources: Lessons from Community Forestry in South Asia. Rev Environ Econ Policy, 8, 80–102.

2013
 

Griggs, D., Stafford-Smith, M., Gaffney, O., Rockström, J., Öhman, M.C., Shyamsundar, P., Steffen, W., Glaser, G., Kanie, N. & Noble, I. (2013). Policy: Sustainable development goals for people and planet. Nature, 495, 305–307.

Shyamsundar, P. (2013). Accounting for natural wealth—Practical challenges ahead. Environmental Development, Thematic issue: “Science-based Transboundary Water Management,” 7, 181–183.

2012

Gundimeda, H. & Shyamsundar, P. (2012). Forests, sustainability and poverty in India. Environment and Development Economics, 17, 373–378.

Mukhopadhyay, P. & Shyamsundar, P. (2012). Economic Growth and Ecological Sustainability in India.

2011

Bandyopadhyay, S. & Shyamsundar, P. (2011). Examining the effectiveness of irrigation management reforms in the Philippines. In: Institutional Aspects of Water Management: Evaluating the Experience, Water Resource Planning, Development and Management (ed. Herath, G.). Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY.

Bandyopadhyay, S., Shyamsundar, P. & Baccini, A. (2011). Forests, biomass use and poverty in Malawi. Ecological Economics, 70, 2461–2471.

Haque, A.K.E., Murty, M.N. & Shyamsundar, P. (eds.). (2011). Environmental Valuation in South Asia. Cambridge University Press.

2010

Bandyopadhyay, S., Shyamsundar, P. & Xie, M. (2010). Transferring Irrigation Management to Farmer’s Associations : Evidence from the Philippines. Water Policy, 12, 444–460.

Kumar, K.S.K., Shyamsundar, P. & Nambi, A.A. (2010). Economics of Climate Change Adaptation in India. Economic and Political Weekly, 45, 25–29.

2009

Bandyopadhyay, S., Humavindu, M., Shyamsundar, P. & Wang, L. (2009). Benefits to local communities from community conservancies in Namibia: an assessment. Development Southern Africa, 26, 733–754.

2008

Shyamsundar, P. (2008). Decentralization, Devolution, and Collective Action—A Review of International Experience. In: Promise, Trust and Evolution (eds. Ghate, R., Jodha, N. & Mukhopadhyay, P.). Oxford University Press.

2007

Devarajan, S., Ferro, M.V., Shah, S. & Shyamsundar, P. (2007). Accelerating Poverty Reduction in South Asia by Scaling Economics Education and Policy Research. In: Capacity Building in Economics Education and Research (eds. Bourguignon, F., Elkana, Y. & Pleskovic, B.). The World Bank, Washington, D.C.

2004

Dasgupta, P., Shyamsundar, P. & Mäler, K.-G. (2004). The economics of environmental change and pollution management – issues and approaches from South Asia. Environment and Development Economics, 9, 9–18.

1998

Bernow, S., Costanza, R., Daly, H., DeGennaro, R., Erlandson, D., Ferris, D., Hawken, P., Hoerner, J.A., Lancelot, J., Marx, T., Norland, D., Peters, I., Roodman, D., Schneider, C., Shyamsundar, P. & Woodwell, J. (1998). Society News: Ecological tax reform. BioScience, 48, 193–196.

1997

Shyamsundar, P. (1997). Benefit–cost analysis as a mechanism for evaluating conservation policies in developing countries. Environment and Development Economics, 2, 195–221.

Shyamsundar, P. & Kramer, R. (1997). Biodiversity Conservation: At What Cost? A Study of Households in the Vicinity of Madagascar’s Mantadia National Park. Ambio, 26, 180–184.

1996

Shyamsundar, P. (1996). Constraints on socio-buffering around the Mantadia National Park in Madagascar. Environmental Conservation, 23, 67–73.

Shyamsundar, P. & Kramer, R.A. (1996). Tropical Forest Protection: An Empirical Analysis of the Costs Borne by Local People. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 31, 129–144.

1994

Shyamsundar, P. & Lanier, G.K. (1994). Biodiversity prospecting: an effective conservation tool? Tropical Biodiversity, 2, 441–446.

Priya Shyamsundar is an economist with extensive experience in the field of environment and development economics. She is Founder Director of SANDEE, a regional network with a mandate to identify solutions to South Asia’s shared environment-development challenges. SANDEE supports research and builds capacity on the economics of climate change, poverty and natural resources, and pollution management. SANDEE has been successful in creating a large network of environment and development professionals across countries with limited regional cooperation. Research results have led to a better understanding of the welfare implications of climate change, clarity over the role of institutions in resource use and opportunities for financing natural resource management. Deep capacity building has also contributed the growth of a professional group of local researchers and leaders.

Priya has consulted extensively for the World Bank over the years. Most recently, she worked as a Sr. Technical Advisor to the Program on Forests to develop a framework on forests and poverty. There are few obvious solutions to the inter-linked problems of forests conservation and poverty reduction. However, a comprehensive approach that improves productivity, strengthens rights and increases access to markets and ecosystem services, along with supportive institutions and public services, may open some pathways out of poverty. Priya’s work seeks to clarify the role of forests in poverty reduction to help with the Bank’s operations. Earlier in her career, Priya was Senior Program Officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke University and Research Associate at the Institute of Social Studies Trust.

Priya has served on multiple advisory committees to support the practice of environment and development. She was part of an Expert Group on Green National Accounts that advised the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation, Government of India. The committee report, released by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, mapped out options for making India’s National Accounts more environment friendly. Priya has also served as a member of the World Bank’s Policy and Technical Experts Committee, advising the Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystems Services program, and the Scientific Advisory Committee to the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program. She currently serves as International Vice Chair, Board, International Institute for Sustainable Development, Canada.

Priya Shyamsundar has a Ph.D. in Environmental Economics from Duke University. Priya’s research publications cover multiple environmental areas, including forests, climate change and watershed management.

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