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About Srijit Mishra

Srijit Mishra, PhD, is Professor at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai, Deemed to be University, an advanced research institute established by the Reserve Bank of India, and was the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs from Oct 2021 to Sep 2023. During his Deanship, IGIDR was for the first time featured in QS World University Ranking in Subjects for Development Studies and was ranked 100-120. He was formerly the Director of Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies (NCDS), an Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) institute set-up in collaboration with the Government of Odisha (11 Sep 2015-10 Sep 2020) where he was instrumental in spearheading the Odisha Millets Mission that brought together the Government, civil society and the Academia for a pro-people action research initiative that works in four verticals - production, processing, marketing and consumption. His work on cyclone Fani, as part of a multi-disciplinary team involving the Government of Odisha and many multilateral agencies, dealt with macroeconomic and human impact that has important methodological and policy implications. His work on farmers' suicides in Maharashtra led to the setting-up of the Vasantrao Naik Kshetkari Swabhilambhan Mission and other policy outcomes, including the deliberations leading to debt waiver. In short, he researches and teaches on development-related issues that intertwine between social philosophy, analytical measurement and applied development. Some of his publications are on agrarian issues, measurement of development indicators, and poverty among others. He has been a Guest Scholar at Meiji University, Japan during June 2016, ICCR Chair Professor of Indian Studies at the National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, spring semester, 2015, and Subir Chowdhury Fellow on Quality and Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, spring 2014. His M.Phil./Ph.D. on tribal agrarian economies were carried out at the Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Thiruvananthapuram and awarded by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. He is married to Nandini and they both have been blessed with a daughter, Nerika.


2002 - Present Professor, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai
September 2015 - September 2020 Director, Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies, Bhubaneswar

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Applied Development Economics (Agriculture/Rural Development, Human Development, Measurement of Development Indicators, Public Health and related issues), Public Policy, and Game Theory

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Honors and Awards

  • Subir Chowdhury Fellow on Quality and Economics 2013-14, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Received third prize and was a finalist for the Global Development Awards and Medals Competition for the proposal ‘Inclusiveness of Human Development in India’ (with Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan) at the 14th Annual Global Development Conference, 19-21 June 2013, Manila.
  • Invited to the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), under the theme Food Security and Sustainable Development, United States of America, May 2011.
  • Member, Committe on Unorganized Sector Statistics, National Statistical Commission, Government of India, 2012.
  • Member, Task Force on Credit Related Issues of Farmers, Government of India, 2009.
  • Coordinator and Member, Drafting Committee and Permanent Invitee, Expert Group on Agricultural Indebtedness, Government of India, 2007.
  • Invited to deliver keynote addresses at the at the annual conferences of (i) the Bengal Economic Association, 2012, (ii) the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, 2007 (iii) the Indian Society of Agricultural Marketing, 2007 and (iv) the Orissa Economic Association, 2007.
  • Member, Working Group to Suggest Measures to Assist Distressed Farmers, Reserve Bank of India, 2006.

Contact Information

Srijit Mishra, PhD
Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR)
Goregaon (E), Mumbai-400065, INDIA


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