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Prof. Kanish Debnath

Prof. Kanish Debnath

Fellow of the Programme in Management in Agriculture from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India; Bachelor of Technology in Food Technology from Techno India, West Bengal University of Technology, India.


Dr. Kanish Debnath has been teaching under the Department of Economics at FLAME University for over five years since 2016. He has taught and is teaching in both the undergraduate and the postgraduate programs in the University. His areas of expertise lie in Managerial, Developmental, and Behavioural Economics. He is technology savvy and is proficient in several open-source software.

At FLAME University, Dr. Debnath played an integral part in setting up its’ Institutional Review Board for research ethics, and has been an active member of several administrative committees. He has been a joint recipient of a research grant from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, and two internal grants.

Dr. Debnath completed the Fellow Programme in Management (equivalent to Ph.D.) from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad in 2016. During his program, he won the “NSE-IFMR Finance Foundation Financial Deepening & Household Finance Research Initiative” grant. He also worked under his Dissertation supervisor on multiple government-funded and privately-funded research projects. During 2014-2016, he was a Visiting Lecturer for the Masters in Agribusiness Economics program at Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune.

Prior to making his foray into academics, Dr. Debnath was a software engineer with Infosys Technologies Pvt. Ltd. for a little under three years. In this period, he worked on several web applications using JavaScript, SQL, and C# that still prove to be helpful to his work in the present day.


For an updated list of Dr. Debnath’s publications and other engagements please click here.

Academic Journal Publications

  • Dutta, N., Thakur, B. K., Nurujjaman, M., 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.

  • Dutta, N., B. K. Thakur, M. Nurujjaman, K. Debnath, and D. Bal. 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. DOI: 10.1016/j.gsd.2022.100735

  • Rai, , A. Mahata, M. Nurujjaman, S. Majhi, and K. Debnath. 2021. “A sentiment-based modeling and analysis of stock price during the COVID-19: U- and Swoosh-shaped recovery”, Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and Its Applications, 592, 126810. DOI: j.physa.2021.126810

  • Bal, P., A. Chhetri, B. K. Thakur, and K. Debnath. 2021. “Estimation of price and income elasticity of water: a case study of Darjeeling town, West Bengal, India”, Current Science, 120 (5): 800-808. Link: full paper

  • Thakur, B. K., K. Debnath, Dhingra, and D. P. Bal. 2020. “Rising Drinking Water Insecurity in the Indian Himalayan Region of Sikkim: A multi-stakeholder perspective”, Ecology, Economy and Society - The INSEE Journal, 3 (1): 125-129. DOI: 10.37773/ees.v3i1.97

  • Debnath, Kanish. 2019. “To lend or not to lend: Identifying habitual multiple-borrowers”, Applied Economics Letters, 27 (6): 455-458. DOI: 1080/13504851.2019.1631435

  • Debnath, Kanish and Priyanka 2018. “Predicting multiple-borrowing default among microfinance clients”, Theoretical Economics Letters, 8 (10): 1772-1792. DOI: 10.4236/tel.2018.810116


  • Dey, K, P. Gandhi, and K. Debnath. 2021. “Farmers’ participation in India’s futures markets: Potential, Experience and Constraints”. Springer. ISBN: 978-981-16-3431-4 Link.

  • Debnath, 2017. “Demonetisation - Experiences of the poor”. Dada Purao Research and Training Institute, Pune. ISBN: 978-81-934834-0-4

  • Debnath, Kanish. 2016. “Community Based Health Insurance: Planting a seed for tomorrow’s need”. Dada Purao Research and Training Institute, Pune. ISBN: 978-81-934834-1-1

Book and Encyclopedia Chapters

  • Debnath, Kanish. 2020. “Health Micro-Insurance for Low Income Households”. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Good Health and Well-Being. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319- 69627-0_115-1

  • Debnath, Kanish. 2019. “Water Security for a Sustainable Planet”. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Zero Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-69626-3_93-1

  • Debnath, Kanish and Priyanka 2019. “Safe food for all: Key challenges and process requirements”. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Zero Hunger. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3- 319-69626-3_20-1

Book Reviews

  • Debnath, 2013. “Conway, Gordon, 2012. One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World? Cornell University Press.” Journal of Agricultural Economics, 64 (3): 738-740. DOI: 10.1111/1477-9552.12029

  • Debnath, Kanish. 2012. “Harper, Malcolm, 2010. Inclusive value chains - A pathway out of poverty. World ” Millennial Asia, 3 (2): 237-241.

Other Publications

  • Debnath, Kanish and Priyanka 2016. “Examining the adequacy of MFI Multiple Lending Directive in India: A study of slum-dwellers’ loan related choices”, NSE-IFMR Finance Foundation Financial Deepening and Household Finance Research Initiative. (NSE Working paper)

  • Debnath, Kanish and Kushankur 2015. “Can Food Parks scheme take off in India?”, Indian Management - The journal of All India Management Association, 54 (2): 84-87.

Thesis Guidance

  • Thriptha Sivanand (Master’s Dissertation - 2022)

  • Sravanthi Vempalli (Master’s Dissertation - 2022)

  • Svankita Arora (Master’s Dissertation - 2020)

  • Danish Khan (Master’s Dissertation - 2019)

  • Ahana Tony Sirohi (Bachelor’s Dissertation - 2018)

  • Prawin Sugumaran (Bachelor’s Dissertation - 2017)