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​Prof Ramprasad Sengputa is ​an Emeritus Professor of Economics Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has been Mahatma Gandhi National Fellow of the ICSSR, Government of India till 2018. He is a former advisor to the Planning Commission, Government of India. He is also a former Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. He has had stints as a visiting professor/scholar at universities in India, USA, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands and Japan. He has also been an Independent Director on the Board of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). 


Areas of Specialization

i. Energy, Resource and Environmental & Ecological Economics.

ii. Economic policy Modelling for Steel, Power and Infrastructural Sector.

iii. Development Economics and Planning for Sustainability in India. 





  • Winner of the University Medal for academic excellence



  • Winner of the University Medals for academic excellence

  • Graduated with First Class



  • Graduated with First Class Honours in Economics




December 2013 onwards

Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi


November 2019 onwards


March 2016-18

With affiliation at the Center for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta


March 1984 to 2012

Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences,
Jawaharlal Nehru University,  New Delhi
Held the position of Sukhamoy  Chakravarty  Chair  Professor of  Planning  and  Development from 2010 - 2012


September 2004 to September 2005

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi


May 1999 till May 2001 (while on leave from JNU)

Centre for Development and Environment Policy
Indian Institute of Management Calcutta


April 1986 to March 1989. (while on leave from JNU)

For the development of energy policy model for Indian economy


November 1976 to March 1984.

Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi


June 1972 to July 1976.

Post-Doctoral  Position  at  the  University  Lecturer’s Level,
Centre for Economic Studies, Presidency College, Calcutta,


In India (Recent Past)

  • Visiting Professor of Economics, Ambedkar University, New Delhi. September 2015 – March 2016 

  • Honorary Visiting Professor, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi, 

Abroad (Over the years)

  • Peter Wall  Visiting International Scholar at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada , February -March, 2015.

  • Visiting Honorary Professor, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada  2013-2014.

  • Visiting Research Fellow, Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada, October – November 2011, and in 2012-13 

  • Visiting Researcher, Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy,  University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada November 2010.

  • Visiting  Indian Government ICCR Chair Professor of Indian Studies (Economics)  Asien-Afrika-Institut, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany. April – July 2009

  • Visiting Professor and Researcher, Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan, July 2007 to December 2007.

  • Visiting Scholar, Department of South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, January 2006 to May 2006.

  • Visiting Professor, Fachhochschule Osnabrueck (Program of Internationalization of the Academic Exchange Council) University of Applied Sciences, Osnabrueck, Germany  September 2003 to August 2004.

  • Senior Visiting Fellow, Department of Economics, University of Birmingham, UK,  April 2001.

  • Visiting   Scholar (Indo-Dutch Exchange of Scholars Program of IDPAD, ICSSR) Centre   for Development  Planning,   Erasmus   University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands October-November 1996 

  • Visiting Scholar (Senior Fulbright Scholar Program) Institute for Economic Development, Boston University, USA  August 1995 to May 1996.

  • Visiting Professor, Technology and Development Group,  University of Twente, The Netherlands, May - July 1995.

  • Fellow of the Shastri  Indo-Canadian  Institute  for visiting the Department of Economics, University of Calgary, Canada, 1991-92


Over the years

1.    Member, Research Advisory Council, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, (2012 to 2015).

2.    Member, University Grants Commission (UGC) Expert Committee of the Centre for Special Assistance to the Department of Business Management, Calcutta University, Kolkata (from February 2012 to 2014.) 

3.    Member, Expert panel on Hydrocarbons Exploration and Development and Gas Pricing headed by the Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council of the Prime Minister of India, 2012.    

4.    Member, Working Group of the Twelfth Five Year Plan, for Higher Education, Government of India. 2011

5.    Member, Expert Committee of Capacity Re-evaluation of SAIL Plants (February 2011 to June 2011).

6.    Member, UGC Expert Committee of the Centre for Advanced Studies, Department of Economics, Jadavpur University, Kolkata (from 2010 to 2015).

7.    Member, UGC Advisory Committee to the Rajiv Gandhi Chair Professor’s Research Unit at the University of Calcutta, Kolkata (2010 to 2014).

8.    Member, Expert Committee for Curriculum Revision for the Area of Energy  and  Environment  of  the  Indira  Gandhi  Institute  of Development Research, (IGIDR, Mumbai). (2010)

9.    Member,   Governing   Body   of   Centre   for   Development   Studies, Trivandrum, (September 2009 till February 2012).

10.    Member, Committee for Curriculum Development for M.A. in Economics Programme of the Central University of Rajasthan. (2010)

11.    Director (Independent), Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL), New Delhi December 2005 to December 2008.   Also previously member of the Board of Directors SAIL from March 2001 to March 2004 as an economist member nominated by the Government of India.

12.    Member, Advisory Expert Committee for evaluation of research projects of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, 2004 to 2006.

13.    Member, Working Group of the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Five Year Plan for the Iron and Steel Sector.

14.    Member, Academic Advisory Committee of the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, 2005 to 2007.

15.    Member, Steering Committee of the Centre for Excellence in Environmental Economics, Madras School of Economics, 2003 to 2014.

16.    Member, National Energy   Policy   Committee    of the Planning Commission, Government of India, May 1999 to 2002.

17.    Secretary, Indian Society for Ecological Economics, C/O Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, 2000-2002.

18.    Member of the Expert Committee ‘Environmental Economics Course Curriculum Committee’ of the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India under the Environmental Management Capacity Building Project of the World Bank for India, from 1998 to 2003.

19.    Member, Panel of Eminent Persons on the Power Sector constituted by the Ministry of Power, Government of India, 1997.

20.    Member, Technical Expert Committee for evaluation of Research Projects for the Social Sciences Division of the Indian Statistical Institute. (For several years in the decades of 1980s and 1990s)

21.    Honorary Adviser, Planning Commission, Government of India, New Delhi, 1989 to 1994.

22.    Member,   Committee   of   Advanced   Study  of   M.Phil   and   Ph.D programme  of  the  Centre  for  Development  Studies,  Trivandrum. (From mid-1980s till 1991)

23.    Honorary Adviser, Economic Research Unit, Joint Plant Committee, for setting up the research unit, Ministry of Steel, 1983 to 1985.

24.    Honorary Consultant cum Adviser, Bureau of Industrial Costs and Prices, Government of India, New Delhi for their BICP Steel Study and Coal Study, 1981 to 1983.


  • Supervised 16 Ph.D students for their thesis work

  • Supervsed 17 M.Phil Students for their thesis work.



  • Founder Member, Indian Society of Ecological Economics

  • Member, Indian Economic Association

  • Member, Indian Econometric Society

  • Member, Bangiya Arthaniti Parishad (Bengal Economic Association)

  • Member, India International Centre, New Delhi

  • Member, Indian Society for Research in National Income and Wealth.

  • Member, Asian Institute of Transport Development





  1. Entropy Law, Sustainability and Third Industrial Revolution, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2020.

  2. Challenges of Transition from the Fossil Fuel to a Green Regime of Electrical Energy in India, Asian Institute of Transport Development, 2016. 

  3. Ecological Limits and Economic Development: Creating Space, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2013.

  4. Green Economy : Indian Perspective (Co-authors: K S Kavikumar, R Maria Saleth and K R Ashok and R Balasubramanian), Madras School of economics, Chennai, 2012.

  5. Prospects  and  Policies  for  Low  Carbon  Economic  Growth  of  India,  National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi, 2010.

  6. Water Resources, Sustainable Livelihoods and Ecosystem Services (edited volume, co-editors: Chopra K., C.H. Hanumantha Rao), Published for the Indian Society for Ecological Economics by Concept Publishing House, New Delhi, 2003.

  7. Challenge of Sustainable Development: Indian Dynamics (edited volume, co-editor: Anup K. Sinha), Indian Institute of Management Calcutta and Manak Publications, New Delhi, 2003.

  8. Sustainable Transport Pricing in India, Asian Institute of Transport Development, New Delhi, 2001.

  9. Ecology and Economics:  An Approach to Sustainable Development, Oxford University Press, India, 2001.

  10. “Meeting India’s Petroleum Requirements: Demand Projections 2001-02 to 2006- 07”  (co-author  Vivek  Srivastav)  Report  published  by  the  National  Council  of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi, March 2000.

  11. The Indian Steel Industry: Investment Issues and Prospects, Part I Market Demand and Cost Competitiveness, Part II: Technology Choice and Investment, Investment Information and Credit Rating Agency (ICRA), New Delhi, 1994 & 1995.

  12. Energy Modelling for India – Towards A Policy for Commercial Energy, Planning Commission, Government of India, New Delhi, 1993.


  1. Covid-19: Neo-Malthusianism, Ecological Links, and Challenges for Humanity, (co-author: Chetana Chaudhuri), International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences,  Vol. 46. No. 2, 2020.

  2. Extreme Events in Nature: An ecological history of the present, The India Forum,  2020, Issue dated November 6

  3. Revisiting Environmental Economics: Concepts, Methods and Policies. Book Review of Dodo J Thampapillai and Mathius Ruth, 2019. Environmental Economics: Concepts, Methods and Policies. Earthscan, in Ecology, Economy and Society – the INSEE Journal, Vol 3, No. 2, 2020.

  4. "Extension of the Leontief Input-Output Model to Accommodate New Concepts of Sustainability and Social Well-being" in Kakali Mukhopadhyay (ed.)  Applications of the Input-Output Framework,   Springer Nature Singapore Pte. Ltd. (2018)

  5. "Crime, Deprivation and Social Sustainability— Evidence across States in India" (co-author: Sovik Mukherjee), in Indian Journal of Human Development, 12(3), 354-377. (2018)

  6. Socio- economic Well-being - Impact of Wider Highways on the Rural Poor Living in Proximity, (Co-authors Dipankor Coondoo and Bhisma Rout), Journal of Development Policy and Practice , Vol 1, No.2 , January 2016, Sage Publications.

  7. Third Industrial Revolution and India’s Approach to Sustainable Energy Development, Rajat Kathuria and Neetika Kaushal Nagpal (ed).  Global Economic Cooperation : Views from G20 Countries, Springer (India) Pvt. Ltd., 2016 

  8. From the Fossil Fuel Present to a Low Carbon Future, (co-author: Satya Brata Das), Cambridge Strategies, Edmonton,2015. 

  9. Role of  New Renewables in the Sustainable Energy Development of  India : Environmental Aspects and Other  Drivers, Rahul Tongia, Blowing Hard or Shining Bright? Making Renewable Power Sustainable in India,  Brookings India publications, Delhi, 2015.

  10. Financing for Infrastructure in G 20 Contries, NIPFP Working paper No144, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi, February 2015. 

  11. Energy Savings Potential and Policy for Energy Conservation in Selected Indian Manufacturing Industries, co-author Manish Gupta, Review of Market Integration, Vol 5 (N0.3), 2014. 

  12. ‘Energy Security and Bio-diesel: Implications for land use and food security’ (Co- author Robin Singhal), Economic and Political Weekly, Vol: 47, no.40, October 6, 2012,  Mumbai, 

  13. “Steel Industry” (updated version) in K. Basu (ed.), The New  Oxford Companion to Economics in India, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2011. 

  14. “Power Industry”, (updated version) in K. Basu (ed.) The New Oxford Companion to Economics in India, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2011. 

  15. Ecological  Footprint,  Dissemination  Paper  No.  17,  Centre  of  Excellence  in Environmental Economics, Madras School of Economics, Chennai, 2011.

  16. “Sustainable Economic Growth and Modelling for Resource and Income Accounting”,  in Public Economics: Theory and Policy, Essays in honour of memory of Amaresh Bagchi, ed. by M. Govinda Rao and Mihir Rakshit, Sage Publication and NIPFP, 2011, New  Delhi.

  17. “Ecological Limits and Economic Development” in Raj Kumar Sen (ed.) Environment and Sustainable Economic Development, Published on behalf of the Centre for Studies on Environment and Sustainable Development (CSESD), Rabindra Bharati University, Deep and Deep Publication Ltd. 2011, New Delhi.

  18. "Inclusive Economic Growth and Sustainable Energy Development of India”, in India’s Economy and Growth, Essays in honour of V.K.R.V. Rao, ed. by Pulin B. Nayak, Biswanath Golder, and Pradeep Agarwal, Sage Publication, 2010, New Delhi.

  19. “High Economic Growth, Equity and Sustainable Energy Development of India” in Kanchan Chopra (ed.) Handbook of Environmental Economics in India, Oxford University Press, 2009, New Delhi.

  20. “Energy,  Equity  and  Inclusive  Economic  Growth  of  India”,  Dr.  S.N.  Sen Memorial lecture, Artha Beekhan (Journal Of Bengal Economic Association), 2009, Kolkata.    

  21. “Sustainable Accounting of Resources and National Income”, in Debamitra Mitra and Arup Kumar Mitra (ed.), Environmental Pollution on Biosphere and its Management, Vol. 1, the ICFAI University Press, Hyderabad, 2009.

  22. “Natural  Resources,  National  Accounts  and  Sustainable  Development”,  (Co- author: Shalini Saksena), in Kundu Amitabh and  Michael von Hauff (ed.) 2008, Environmental  Accounting:  Explorations  in  Methodology,  Manak  Publishers, New Delhi.

  23. “Global   Warming   and   Sustainable   Energy   Development   of   India”,   in Chattopadhyay Gupta Anita (ed.) 2008, Global Warming: A Threat to the World, Muralidhar Girls’ College, Kolkata.

  24. “Macroeconomics and Sustainable Accounting of  Resources and Income”, (Co- author: Shalini Saksena) in   Sugata Marjit  (ed) India Macroeconomic Annual 2007, Sage Publications.

  25. “Impact of Highway on the Socio-Economic Well-being of Rural Households Living in Proximity” (Co-author: D. Coondoo and B. Rout), Contemporary Issues and Ideas in Social Sciences, (ISSN) Vol. 3, no. 3, 2007, www.ciiss.

  26. “Steel Industry” in K. Basu (ed.), The Oxford Companion to Economics in India, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2007

  27. “Human   Well-being,   Ecology   and   Development”,   Occasional   Paper (No. 01/2006/DRS – III/CUMBM).  Department of Business Management, University of Calcutta, Calcutta, 2006.

  28. “Socio-Economic Impact of National Highway on Rural Population Living in its Proximity”, (Co-author: D. Coondoo and B. Rout), The Asian Journal, (Journal of Transport and Infrastructure, published by the Asian Institute of Transport Development), Vol. 12, no. 1, August 2005.

  29. “Projection Pursuit Regression and Disaggregate Productivity Effects: The Case of Indian Blast Furnaces”, (Co-author: Sanghamitra Das), Journal of Applied Econometrics, Vol. 19, 2004.

  30. “Consumption Pattern, Trade and Greenhouse Gas Leakage in India”, (Co-author: Geetesh Bharadwaj),  Environment and  Development Economics, Vol.  9, June 2004.

  31. “Environmental  Issues  in  Developing  Economies”,  in  Encyclopedia  of  Life Support System, Volume on Economics (ed. Mukul Majumdar), published by the UNESCO, 2004. 

  32. Industry: History, Structure and Problems”, in Gokarn S., A.Sen  and  Rajendra  Vaidya  (ed.)  Structure  of  Indian  Industry,  ed.  By  Oxford University Press, 2004.

  33. “Nature, Economy and Population: Bio-physical  Limits and Sustainability”, in Ghosh A.K.,  J.K. Ghosh and B. Mukhopadhyay, (ed.) Sustainable Environments: Ecological, Economic, Socio-cultural and Statistical Aspects, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, 2004.

  34. “Biodiversity, Institutions and Sustainable Development”, in Tropical Ecology, Vol. 44, no. 1, 2003.

  35. “Developmental  Sustainability  Implications  of  the  Economic  Reforms  in  the Energy Sector of India”, in Toman M.A., U. Chakravarty and S. Gupta, (ed.), India and Global Climate Change: Perspectives on Economics and Policy from a Developing Country, Resources for the Future, Washington D.C., USA, 2003.

  36. "Ecology,   Economics   and   Sustainable   Development   in   Mountains”,   in Ramakrishna P.S.,, K.G. Saxena, S. Patnaik and S. Singh (ed.) Methodological Issues in Mountain Research: A Socio-ecological Systems Approach, Oxford and IBH Publishing Co., New Delhi, 2003.

  37. “Human Well-being and Sustainable Development”, a Review Article, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 37, no. 42, October 19-25, 2002.

  38. “Economic Reforms and Institutional Options for Transport Sector in India”, in Economic Liberalisation in India, ed. by Biswajit Chatterjee, Allied Publishers Limited, Calcutta, 1998.

  39. “CO2  Emission-Income Relationship: Policy Approach for Climate Control”, in Pacific and Asian Journal of Energy, Vol. 7, no. 2, December 1997, Special Issue.

  40. “Energy  and  Development:  Some  Macroeconomic  Constraints  for  Energy Planning in India”, in Issues in Economic Theory and Public Policy, ed. By Amitava Bose, Mihir Rakshit and Anup Sinha, Oxford University Press, 1997.

  41. “Planning for Long Run Supply of Petroleum  products in  India” (Co-author: Anoop Sharma) in, Operational Research for Development, ed. Jonathan Rosenhead and Arabinda Tripathy, New Age International Publishers, 1996.

  42. “Planning,  Institutions  and  Technical  Change:  A  Review  of  Development Planning in India”, in Planning and Policy in India, ed., by M. Chattopadhyay, P. Maiti and M.K. Rakshit, Sage Publication, New Delhi, 1995.

  43. “Energy Planning for India: A Critique of Existing Methodology”, in Special number  of  Indian  Economic  Review,  Vol.  XXVII,  1992.    In  honour  of  the memory of Professor Sukhamoy Chakravarty, University of Delhi, Delhi.

  44. “Integrated  Energy  Model  and  the  Planning  for  the  Long  Run  Supply  of Electricity  in  India”  published  in  Sankhya,  the  Journal  of  Indian  Statistical Society, Calcutta, 1992, Vol. 54, B. Series, Part III.

  45. “Planning for the Long Term Supply of Crude Oil”, in Indian Industrialisation Structure and Policy Issues, ed. by A.K. Ghosh, K.K. Subhrahmaniam, M. Eapen and H.A. Drabu, Oxford University Press, Delhi and Oxford, New York, 1992.

  46. “Long Run Planning model for the Energy Sector”, in Modelling and Analysis of Large Systems, ed. by A. Tripathy, the Oxford and IBH Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd., Bombay, 1991.

  47. “Technical Diffusion in Indian Steel Industry”, in Process of Industrialisation and           Technological Alternatives, ed., by Y.K. Alagh, Lancer International, 1988.

  48. “Technical Change in Public Sector Steel Industry”, in Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XIX, no. 4, February 4, 1984.

  49. “Problems  of  Long-term  Growth:  A  Theoretical  Analysis”  (Co-authors  Amit Bhaduri and Anjan Mukherji) in Problems and Policies in Small Economies, ed. B. Jalan, Croom Helm, London and St. Martine Press, New York, 1982.

  50. “Measurement of Steel Capacity: Bhilai Steel Plant – A Case Study”, in Change and Choice in Indian Industry, ed. A.K. Bagchi and N. Banerjee; K.P. Bagchi and Company, Calcutta, 1981.

  51. “Prices and Profit in the Indian Public Sector Steel Industry – Hindustan Steel Limited – A Case Study”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XV, nos. 5,6 and 7, Annual Number, February, 1980.

  52. “Technology and Social Dynamics: Feudalism and its Decline”, in Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. X, no. 38, September 20, 1975.

  53. “A  Note  on  the  Possibility  of  Decentralization  in  a  Model  of  Allocation  of  Resources” (Co-author: P Maiti) in Management Science, Application Series, Vol. 19,  no.  12,  August  1973;  (Journal  of  Institute  of  Management  Sciences, Providence, Rhode Island, USA).

  54. “A note on the Economic Meaning of a Pair of Dual Non-Linear Programmes” in Arthaniti (Vol. XIV, nos. 1 & 2, 1971) Journal of the Department of Economics, Calcutta University, Calcutta, India.



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