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Karachepone N.Ninan

Institute for Social and Economic Change - INDIA


Karachepone N Ninan is Chairperson, Centre for Economics, Environment and Society, Bangalore, India. He was Co-Chair, Methodological Assessment of Scenarios and Models of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), United Nations, Bonn, Germany during 2014-2016. Prior to this he was Professor and Head the Centre for Ecological Economics and Natural Resources at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India. He has also been a Visiting Professor/Fellow at several international universities and institutions such as University of Gothenburg, Sweden; University of Cambridge; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of Tokyo; University of Versailles; Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris; Institute of Development Studies, Sussex; Institute of Developing Economies, Tokyo, etc. His research areas relate to environmental economics in general and more specifically economics and valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services, sustainable use and management of natural resources especially forests and watersheds, and climate-related issues. His major books include: Building a Climate Resilient Economy and Society-Challenges and Opportunities (Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, USA, 2017 with Foreword by Sir Robert T Watson);Valuing Ecosystem Services-Methodological Issues and Case Studies (Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, USA, 2014 with Foreword by Robert Costanza); Conserving and Valuing Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity-Economic, Institutional and Social Challenges (Earthscan, London and Washington, 2009 and 2011 with Foreword by Dr.Achim Steiner, UN Under Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director); and The Economics of Biodiversity Conservation-Valuation in Tropical Forest Ecosystems (Earthscan, London and Washington 2007, 2008; Routledge, London, 2016 with Foreword by Professor Charles Perrings). He has published in top-rated journals such as Ecological Economics, Ecosystem Services and Ambio. He is also President of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE) during 2018-2020. He was recently invited to be a Lead Author for Working Group III contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).


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