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Prof. Barun Kumar Thakur

Prof. Barun Kumar Thakur

FPM in Environmental Economics from NITIE, Mumbai; M.A in Economics; B.Sc. in Information Technology; B.A in Economics


BIO

Barun has completed his FPM in Environmental Economics at National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai. His thesis deals with socio-economic costs and benefits of arsenic removal from groundwater in Bihar and he quantifies the cost associated to the household due to arsenic in drinking water.


Barun has earlier worked with Indian School of Business, Madras School of Economics and VAMNICOM Pune. He has published a number of papers in journals, book chapters and government reports. He has presented his work in various international and national conferences in India and outside, and receives grants and travel awards. He is a reviewer for journals in Springer and IWA Publishing. His areas of teaching and research include neuro-economics, economics of water pollution, environmental economics and non-market environmental valuation.


RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS

JOURNAL ARTICLES



  • 1. Thakur, B.K., Gupta, V., Bhattacharya, P., Chakraborty, T. 2022. Groundwater for Sustainable Development. Submitted revised version of the manuscript.

  • 2. Dutta, N., Thakur, B.K., Md, Nurujjaman., Debnath, K., Bal, D.P. 2022. An assessment of the water quality index (WQI) of drinking water in the Eastern Himalayas of South Sikkim, India. Groundwater for Sustainable Development 17, 100735. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gsd.2022.100735        

  • 3. Agarwal, M., Ghura, A., Thakur, B. 2021. Inter Globe Aviation Ltd: Need for Strategy.  Emerald Emerging Markets Case Study. 11 (2), 1 - 25. https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/EEMCS-07-2020-0280/full/html   

  • 4. Bal, D.P., Chhetri, A., Thakur, B.K., Debnath, K. 2021. Estimation of price and income elasticity of water: a case study of Darjeeling town, West Bengal, India. Current Science. 120 (5), 800-808. http://www.currentscience.ac.in/Volumes/120/05/0800.pdf     

  • 5. Thakur, B. K., Chakraborty, T., Ghosh, A. K. 2021. Impact of Exposure to Air Pollutants among Traffic Police in Bihar: An Excerpt from Field. Ecology, Economy and Society-The INSEE Journal. 4(1), 129-133. https://ecoinsee.org/journal/ojs/index.php/ees/article/view/112

  • 6. Thakur, B.K., Gupta, V., Bhattacharya, P., Jakariya, M., Islam, M.T. 2021. Arsenic in drinking water sources in the Middle Gangetic Plains in Bihar: An assessment of the depth of wells to ensure safe water supply. Groundwater for Sustainable Development. 12, 100504. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2352801X20300059       

  • 7. Thakur, B. K., Debnath, K., Dhingra, V., Bal, D. P. 2020. Rising drinking water insecurity in the Indian Himalayan Region of Sikkim: A multi-stakeholder perspective. Ecology, Economy and Society. 3(1), 125-129. https://ecoinsee.org/journal/ojs/index.php/ees/article/view/97

  • 8. Thakur, B. K., Gupta, V. 2019. Valuing health damages due to groundwater arsenic contamination in Bihar, India. Economics and Human Biology. 35, 123-132. https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1570677X18303708   

  • 9. Thakur, B. K., Gupta, V. 2016. Arsenic concentration in drinking water of Bihar: Health issues and socio-economic problems. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development. 6 (2), 131-141. (https://iwaponline.com/washdev/article-abstract/6/2/331/30153/Arsenic-concentration-in-drinking-water-of-Bihar?redirectedFrom=fulltext)  

  • 10. Thakur, B. K., Gupta, V.  2015. Groundwater Arsenic Contamination Problems in Bihar: Causes, Issues and Challenges. Manthan: Journal of Commerce and Management, Journal Press India, 2(1): 45-60.

  • 11. Thakur, B. K., Rout, H.S., Chakraborty, T. 2014. Environmental Degradation, Sustainable Development and Human Well-Being: Evidence from India. Manthan: Journal of Commerce and Management, Journal Press India, 1(1): 101-120. 


BOOK CHAPTERS



  • 1. Dhingra V., Thakur B.K. (2021) Chronic Poverty: Current Global Scenario. In: Leal Filho W., Azul A.M., Brandli L., Lange Salvia A., Özuyar P.G., Wall T. (eds) No Poverty. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69625-6_109-1

  • 2. Kalra M., Panicker D., Dixit A., Jain R., Thakur B.K. (2021) Ensuring Access to Sustainable and Affordable Energy to All. In: Leal Filho W., Azul A., Brandli L., Lange Salvia A., Wall T. (eds) Affordable and Clean Energy. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71057-0_139-1.

  • 3. Thakur B.K., Chakraborty T. (2020) Water Scarcity and Food Security: Implications for Developing Countries. In: Leal Filho W., Azul A., Brandli L., Özuyar P., Wall T. (eds) Zero Hunger. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69626-3_109-1.  

  • 4. Chakraborty T., Thakur B.K. (2020) Ecological Footprint and Sustainable Development: A Two Way Approach. In: Leal Filho W., Azul A., Brandli L., Özuyar P., Wall T. (eds) Affordable and Clean Energy. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71057-0_41-1.

  • 5. Thakur, B. K., Gupta, V. (2020). Arsenic-contaminated drinking water and the associated health effects in the Shahpur blocks of Bihar: A case study from five villages.” In Ali. A. Fares and S.K. Singh (eds), Arsenic Water Resources Contamination: Challenges and Solutions. Pp 257-271. Springer Nature Switzerland. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-21258-2_11.     

  • 6. Thakur, B. K., Gupta, V. (2016). “Do socio-economic characteristics influence households' willingness to pay for arsenic free drinking water in Bihar?.” Arsenic Research and Global Sustainability As 2016: Proceedings of the 6th International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment, June 19-23, 2016, Stockholm, Sweden. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis group London. 574-75.

  • 7. Thakur, B. K., Gupta, V. (2014). “Arsenic contamination in groundwater and its associated health effects in Maner and Shahpur blocks of Bihar, India.”  One Century of the Discovery of Arsenicosis in Latin America (1914-2014) As 2014: Proceedings of the 5th International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment, May 11-16, 2014, Buenos Aires, Argentina. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group London. 619-621.

  • 8. Thakur, B. K., Gupta, V., Chattopadhyay, U. (2013). “Arsenic Groundwater Contamination Related Socio-Economic Problems in India: Issues and Challenges.” Knowledge Systems of Societies for Adaptation and Mitigation of Impacts of Climate Change. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. 163-182. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-642-36143-2_10.

  • 9. Chakraborty, T., Thakur, B. K. (2012). “Theoretical Understanding of Special Economic Zone Strategy in India: A Case Study of GMR SEZ of Hyderabad.” Development of Special Economic Zones in India: Policies and Issues. Concept Publishing Company Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi. 8-21.

  • 10. Thakur, B. K. (2010).  “Impact of Environmental Degradation on Human Development.”  Human Development in India: Challenges and Policies. New Century Publications, New Delhi.  305-319.


 
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS


Presented outside India



  • 2. Thakur, B.K., Md. Jakariya, P. Bhattacharya., S. Singh, and S. Sharma 2021. Is the colour of the sediment a pointer to predict arsenic safe water? Exploration from the field in Bihar, India. Presented at 8th Congress in the Arsenic in the Environment (As 2021) at Amsterdam Netherlands.

  • 3. Thakur, B.K., Md. Jakariya, and P. Bhattacharya. 2019. Sediment colors based tubewell installation process in Bihar, India. Accepted for an oral presentation at GSA 2019 Annual conference, 22-25 September Phoenix, Arizona USA.

  • 4. Thakur, B.K. 2018. Arsenic contamination and socioeconomic problems: A study of two Village Communities (Gram Panchayat) in Bihar, India. Presented for an oral presentation in the RGS-IBG 2018 Annual conference held at Cardiff University from 28-31 August 2018.

  • 5. Thakur, B. K., and Gupta, V. 2018. Economic costs of arsenic induced illnesses due to groundwater contamination of Bihar. Presented for an oral presentation in the ISEE Young 2018 Early Career Researchers Conference on Environmental Epidemiology from March 19 – 20, 2018, Freising, Germany. https://oem.bmj.com/content/75/Suppl_1/A17.2  

  • 6. Thakur, B. K., and Gupta, V. 2017. Economic costs of arsenic induced illnesses due to groundwater contamination of Bihar. Accepted for a poster presentation in the 23rd Annual conference of International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, held at Sydney Australia 24-28 September 2017.

  • 7. Thakur, B. K., and Gupta, V. 2017. Health costs of arsenic contamination of groundwater in Bihar, India. Accepted for a poster presentation in the 4th Water Research Conference, held at Waterloo Canada 10-13 September 2017.

  • 8. Thakur, B. K., and Gupta, V. 2017. Valuing health damages due to groundwater arsenic contamination in Bihar, India. Accepted and presented for an oral presentation in the 23rd annual conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists held at Athens, Greece 28 June- 1 July 2017. 

  • 9. Thakur, B. K., and Gupta, V. 2017. Household willingness to pay for arsenic free drinking water in Bihar, India. Accepted and presented for an oral presentation in the 12th conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics held at Budapest, Hungary 20-23 June 2017.

  • 10. Thakur, B. K., and Gupta, V. 2016. Do socio-economic characteristics influence households' willingness to pay for arsenic free drinking water in Bihar?.  Accepted and presented for an oral presentation in the 6th International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment held at Stockholm, Sweden 19-23 June 2016.

  • 11. Thakur, B. K., and Gupta, V. 2015. Assessment of Arsenic Induced Health Disease in Bihar, India. Presented for a poster presentation at ISEE 2015, held at August 31- September 3, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/abs/10.1289/isee.2015.2015-643.  

  • 12. Thakur, B. K., and Gupta, V. 2015. Arsenic Contamination in Drinking Water and Valuing Health Damages: A case study of Bihar. Presented for a poster presentation at Our Common Future Under Climate Change, held at UNESCO headquarter Paris July 7-10 2015, France.

  • 13. Thakur, B. K., and Gupta, V. 2014. Arsenic concentration in drinking water of Bihar: Health issues and socio-economic problems. Presented for poster presentation at ISEE 2014: Well-being and Equity within Planetary Boundaries, held at 13-15 August, Reykjavik University of Iceland, Iceland.

  • 14. Thakur, B. K., and Gupta, V. 2014. Arsenic contamination in groundwater and its associated health effects in Maner and Shahpur blocks of Bihar, India. Presented in the “5th International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment”, May 11-16, 2014, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Presented in India



  • 1. Thakur, B.K., Md. Jakariya, and P. Bhattacharya. 2020. Is the colour of the sediment a pointer to predict arsenic safe water? Exploration from the field in Bihar. Accepted for an oral presentation at 36th International Geological Congress 2-8 March Delhi India.   

  • 2. Thakur, B. K. 2019. Do Socio-Economic Characteristics influence household willingness to pay for safe-drinking water? Presented at FLAME University Pune, 01-02 March 2019.

  • 3. Thakur, B. K. 2017. Does Household Willing to Pay for Arsenic Free Drinking Water: A Case Study From Bihar. Presented at FLAME University Pune, 25-26 December.

  • 4. Thakur, B. K., Gupta, V. 2014. Economic Valuation of Arsenic free water using Contingent Valuation Method: A case study of Bihar, India. Presented at 51st annual conference of the Indian Econometric Society, December 12-14, 2014, Patiala.

  • 5. Thakur, B. K., and Gupta, V. 2014. Socio Economic Impacts of Groundwater Arsenic Contamination in Bihar. Presented in the “International conference on Environment, Technology and Sustainable Development: Promises and Challenges in the 21st Century” organised by IIITM Gwalior, ISEC Bangalore and University of San Francisco and held at 2-4 March Gwalior, India.

  • 6. Thakur, B. K. 2014. Trade and Environmental Disputes in World Trade Organization. Presented in the national seminar on Trade and Development, Organised by School of Economics, Devi Ahilya University, Indore, 7-8 February, 2014.

  • 7. Thakur, B. K., and Gupta, V. 2013. Groundwater Arsenic Contamination Problems in Bihar: Causes, Issues and Challenges. Presented for poster presentation in the “Efficient Water Management: Challenges and Opportunities” organised by India Water Week 2013 Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India New Delhi 8-12 April 2013.

  • 8. Thakur, B. K., Gupta, V., Chattopadhyay, U. 2012. Vulnerability of Population Exposed to Groundwater Arsenic Contamination in Bihar. Presented in the 3rd international conference on “Urban Biodiversity and Climate Change: Adaptation and Mitigation” organised by IIT Mumbai 8-12 October, 2012.

  • 9. Thakur, B. K., Rout, H.S., Anita, V., Bhuian, R.K. 2012. Paper titled “Production Conditions in Cardamom and Pepper Cultivation” presented in the seminar on      “Building Competitiveness in Globalised Era: Experience of India’s Plantation Sector” Organised by Centre for Development Studies Trivandrum 23-24 January, 2012.

  • 10. Thakur, B. K., Gupta, V. 2011. Arsenic groundwater contamination related socio-economic problems in India: Issues and challenges. Presented in the “International Humboldt Kolleg” organised by ISEC Bangalore 19-21 October, 2011.

  • 11. Thakur, B. K. 2011. Multilateral Environmental Agreements and trade and environmental disputes in WTO” presented in the “Seminar on Changing Structure of International Trade & Investment: Implication for growth and development” organized by JMI, New Delhi 2-3 March, 2011. 

  • 12. Thakur, B. K. 2010. Multilateral Trade Negotiations and Trade and Environmental disputes in WTO” presented in the “Second Research Conference on Empirical Issues in International Trade & Finance” organized by IIFT New Delhi 16-17 December, 2010. 

  • 13. Thakur, B. K. 2010. Transboundary pollution and its impact on local ecosystems: Evidence from India. Presented in the conference on “Climate change and economic development” organised by Devi Ahilya University Indore 12-13, March 2010.

  • 14. Thakur, B. K. 2010. Impact of environmental degradation on human well-being: Evidence from India. Presented in the “Seventh conference of IASSH on Health, poverty and human development” organised by Banaras Hindu University Varanasi 5-7 March 2010.

  • 15. Chakraborty, T., Thakur, B.K. 2010 “Theoretical Understanding of Special Economic Zone Strategy in India: A Case Study of GMR SEZ of Hyderabad” presented in the national conference on “Special Economic Zones in India: Prospects and Implication” organized by Gandhi Gram Rural University, Tamilnadu 28-29 January, 2010. 

  • 16. Thakur, B. K. 2010. Impact of Environmental degradation on Human Development. Presented in the national conference on “Challenges in Human Development” organised by Dr. S R K Government Arts College, Yanam, 22-23 January, 2010.


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