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Dr. V Anitha

Senior Principal Scientist
Department of Forest Economics
Forestry and Human Dimension Division
Phone: 91 - 487 - 2690303
Mobile: 9495170665
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Has extensive experience in Socioeconomic studies of forest based livlihood. She obtained PhD with Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellowship with a specialisation on the socioeconomic and forest depended livelihoods of tribal communities. She has several scholarly publications in environmental economics and protected area management. Current research interests are in environmental valuation, policy studies in the context of forest rights of indigenous people and socioeconomic studies of traditonal industry.

Focused areas: Environmental Economics , Welfare Economics, Market & Policy studies.

Total number of publications: 30

Academics and profession:

Masters in Economics and Doctoral Degree in Forestry (Forest Economics) under the Ford Foundation Doctoral Programme from Forest Research Institute Deemed University, Dehra Dun.
Twenty years of post-doctoral experience in forestry research with specific contributions in the field of:

  • Economic valuation of natural resources
  • Economic impact of invasive alien species.
  • Sustainable management of Non Timber Forests Products - socioeconomics and markets.
  • Forestry sector analysis-forest based industries.
  • The bamboo sector - livelihood studies, economics, institutional arrangements, policy.
  • Forest Governance - tribal rights.
  • Integrating cultural and biological diversity into conservation initiatives
Current research:
  • Medicinal plants markets in south India - economic value and tribal rights (National Medicinal Plants Board, Ministry of AYUSH, GOI).
  • Economic valuation of ecosystem services from the moist deciduous forests (Kerala Forest Development Fund, Govt. of Kerala).
  • Wood balance study of Kerala (Govt. of Kerala).

Other information:

  • Undertaken diverse Research Projects for International, National and State sponsors. They include Australian Assistance for International Development (AusAID); UNESCO; UNDP – GEF/CCF Small Grants Programme – India; World Bank Funded Kerala Forestry Projects; Department for International Development (DFID) United Kingdom; TRADA technology Ltd.; Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change, Government of India (GoI); Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation, Central Statistical Organization, GoI; National Bamboo Mission, GoI; National Medicinal Plants Board, Ministry of AYUSH, GoI; Western Ghats Development Programme, Planning and Economic Affairs, Government of Kerala (GoK); Bureau of Industrial Promotion, GoK; Kerala Forest Department; and Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment.
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  • Research undertaken include Inter-disciplinary, Inter-Institutional and multi-disciplinary Projects.