Faculty Member

Apurba Kumar Chattopadhyay

Economics and Politics

M.Sc., Ph.D.

Contact Address:
Department of Economics and Politics, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, West Bengal 731235

akucha @rediffmail.com ;
apurbakumar. chattopadhyay @visva-bharati.ac.in

Phone numbers (mobile and/or landline):
(Office): (+91) 3463-262751 (Extn. 405)
Cell: (+91) 9433122479

Area of Specialisation in Teaching & Research:
Development Economics, Agricultural Economics, Environmental Economics.

Teaching & Research Experience:
• Visva-Bharati since June, 2007.
• University of Colombo, Sri Lanka during April-July, 2012.
• S. R. Lahiri Mahavidyalaya (University of Kalyani) during September 1992-June, 2007.
• University of Calcutta under the Faculty Council of P.G.Studies in Arts and Business Studies (as Guest Faculty) since the session of 2005-06.
• Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, (as Guest Faculty) during September, 2004 to September 2006.
• Principal Investigator of UGC Major Research Project on ‘Stagnation of the Agrarian Economy: An Enquiry into Its Nature and Causes in Five Central Districts of West Bengal’ (2012-2014).
• SAP (DRS -1) funded project ‘Rural Non-Farm Employment: Characteristics and Determinants’ (Co-investigator: Dr. Saumya Chakrabarty) completed in 2011.
• Principal Investigator, UGC Minor Research Project on ‘Sustainability of the Small Farm Economy: The Case of Rural West Bengal’, completed in 2008.
• Principal Investigator, UGC Minor Research Project on ‘Distributive Impact of Agricultural Growth in Rural West Bengal', completed in 2005.

Awards and Honours:
• Selected as the Visiting Chair Professor at the Centre for Contemporary Indian Studies, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, for a period of one semester from March 2012.
• Awarded UGC Research Fellowship (JRF for two years and SRF thereafter) during 5.12.1988 to 31.08.2092 at the Department of Economics, University of Calcutta.

Representative publication:
• ‘Distributive Impact of Agricultural Growth in Rural West Bengal', Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 40, No. 53, December 31, 2005—January 6, 2006, pp. 5601-10.
• ‘Globalisation, Inequalities in Consumption and Poverty in Rural India’, (jointly with Dr. Ratan Kumar Ghosal), The Asian Economic Review, Volume 46 No. 3, pp. 425-39, December 2004.
• ‘Economics of Rural Non-Farm Sector: Certain Characteristics and Determinants’, jointly with S. Chakraborty & S. Mondal in M. Ghosh & A K Chattopadhyay (Eds.), Rural Development in India: Challenges and Prospects, Serial Publicatons, New Delhi, 2013. (ISBN:978-818387592-9).
• "Water Resources in India: Some Issues in Irrigation Management" in S. Pan (Ed), Economic Reforms and Common Property Resources in India, Regal Publications Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, 2013.
• ‘Two Decades of Human Development in India’ in D. Chattopadhyay (ed.), Human Rights and Human Development: Some Issues, Amode Publications in collaboration with J K College,S-K-B University, Purulia, December, 2012 (ISBN: 978-81-9233634-3).
• 'Declining Sex ratio of the Population in India: Implications and Policy Issues’ in D. N. Bhattacharya (ed.), Indian Economic Development: Contemporary Issues, Regal Publications, New Delhi, February 2012, pp. 365-375.
• ‘Agrarian Crisis, Unemployment and Rural Livelihood’ in N U Khan and Sigamani P (eds.), Anatomy of Public Reforms and Development, Macmillan Publishers India Limited (Macmillan Advanced Research Series), pp. 3-22.New Delhi 2011. ISBN No. 0230-33274-9.
• ‘Continued Female Demographic Disadvantage in India: Evidence from 2011 Census Report’, Journal of Social Work and Social Development, Vol. 2, No. 1. June, 2010. (ISSN 2229-6468).
• ‘WTO and the Inequalities Among its Member Countries’, (jointly with Ratan Kumar Ghosal) in R. K. Sen & John Felix Raj (eds.), WTO & Asian Union, pp. 103-13, Deep and Deep Publication Pvt. Ltd. New-Delhi, 2009. ISBN: 978-81-8450-205-3.
• ‘Impact of Agricultural Growth on Rural Income Distribution in West Bengal and Orissa’, in J. Felix Raj (Ed.), ‘Indian Economy: Economic Ideas, Development and Financial Reforms’, pp.325-349, Deep and Deep Publication Pvt. Ltd. New-Delhi, 2008. ISBN: 978-81-8450-055-4.
• ‘WTO and India’s External Sector: Trends and Prospects’, Arthabeekshan, Volume 15, No. 3, pp. 19-30, December 2006. (jointly with Ratan Kumar Ghosal).
• ‘Cross-State Differentials in the Nature and Dimensions of Rural Poverty in India’, (jointly with Dr. Ratan Kumar Ghosal) in K Nageswara Rao (Ed), ‘Poverty in India: Global and Regional Dimensions’, pp. 222-242, Deep and Deep Publication Pvt. Ltd. New-Delhi, 2005. ISBN: 81-7629-669-4.
• ‘The WTO and the Feasibility of Formation of Asian Economic Community’, (jointly with Dr. Ratan Kumar Ghosal) in IEA 87th Conference Volume, pp. 934-40, 2004, Varanasi.
• ‘Development of Social Sector in West Bengal: A Comparative Analysis with Major Indian States’. Arthabeekshan, Volume 12, No. 1, pp. 74-81, June 2003.
• ‘Census 2001 and Sex Ratio: A Disaggregated Analysis of West Bengal’, Conference Volume, pp. 128-34. Bengal Economic Association, February 8, 2002, Presidency College, Kolkata.

Books & Journals edited:
• Rural Development in India: Challenges and Prospects, Serial Publications, New Delhi, 2013 (Jointly with M. Ghosh). (ISBN:978-818387592-9).
• ‘Globalisation and Problem of Unemployment in India’, (Ed.), Sarat Book Distributors, Kolkata, December 2005. ISBN: 81-87169-63-X.
• Reaching Out (Report of the Extension Programme of the Deptt of Economics & Politics), Deptt of Economics & Politics, Visva-Bharati. December, 2012.
• ‘Open Eyes’, A Biannual Journal of Social Science, Literature, Commerce and Allied Areas, Volume 1-3, December, 2004 to 2006. (ISSN: 2249-4332).