KULBHUSHAN BALOONI

Director, IIM Kashipur & Professor Economics Director, IIM Kashipur 91-7088270882 kbalooni@iimkashipur.ac.in


Kulbhushan Balooni joined IIM Kashipur in June, 2019. Previously, he was associated with IIM Kozhikode for more than two decades. He has been a visiting faculty to National University of Singapore, University of Copenhagen, Uppsala University, Wageningen University and the University of Tokyo. He was Director (i/c), IIM Kozhikode during the period 2014-18. He was also involved in instituting IIM Amritsar as mentor director.

He undertook post-doctoral research in the University of Tokyo, and doctoral research at the RBI Endowment Unit, Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA). He is a Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) fellow.

He undertakes interdisciplinary research on environment, resources, development policy and sustainability, and agribusiness in the context of developing countries. Within this broad area, he focuses on conservation, decentralization and local governance, CSR, and social entrepreneurship. His research has featured in Conservation Letters, Conservation and Society, Economic & Political Weekly, International Journal of the Commons, Landscape & Urban Planning, and World Development among other journals.

He is currently working on two papers. One paper focuses of strategic CSR in agribusiness in the context of Indian family-owned business entities. This paper highlights that the firms involved with agribusiness in India are trying to align their CSR activities with strategic objectives. Another paper explores how different stakeholders involved in the agricultural value chain namely government, private sector, civil society organizations and social entrepreneurs are improving the lives of smallholder farmers in Africa and India. It brings to light on how the world is gradually moving from aid-dependent development to trade- and business-dependent development, and to a point where multi-stakeholder collaboration is vital for inclusive sustainable development.

Title Name of Journal Author (S) Vol No. Year
Self-reliance vs. state responsibility in sustaining lift irrigation systems Economic & Political Weekly Balooni, K., Menon, V. & Asokan, S.M. 54(9), 48–56 2018
Payment for ecosystem services to sustain kudimaramathu in Tamil Nadu Economic & Political Weekly Venkatachalam, L. & Balooni, K. 53(6): 21–23 2018
Water transfer from irrigation tanks for urban use: Can payment for ecosystem services produce efficient outcomes?" International Journal of Water Resources Development Venkatachalam, L. & Balooni, K. 34(1), 51–65 2018
Sustaining impactful multidisciplinary contributions over five decades: An interview with Ramadhar Singh IIMB Management Review Balooni, K. 29(2): 136–151 2017
Managing water for Sustainable Development IIM Kozhikode Society & Management Review Balooni, K. & Venkatachalam, L. January: vii–xiii. 2016
The hard currency of REDD+ Conservation Letters Balooni, K. & Lund, J.F. 7(3): 278–284 2014
Governance for private green spaces in a growing Indian city Landscape and Urban Planning Balooni, K., Gangopadhyay, K., Kumar, B.M. 123: 21–29 2014
Challenges in the sustainability of a targeted health care initiative in India IIM Kozhikode Society & Management Review Balooni, K., Gangopadhyay, K., Turakhia, S. & Karthik, R.G. 1(1): 27–42 2012
Technological infusion and the change in private, urban green spaces. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Gangopadhyay, K. & Balooni, K. 11(2): 205–210 2012
Curse or blessing? Local elites in Joint Forest Management in India’s Shiwaliks International Journal of the Commons Balooni, K., Lund, J.F., Kumar, C. & Inoue, M. 4(2): 707–728 2010
Perception-based methods to evaluate conservation impact in forests managed by popular participation Ecology and Society Lund, J.F., Balooni, K. & Puri, L. 15(3): 5 2010
Sustainability of water tunnels in changing agraraian context: A case study from South India Agricultural Water Management Balooni, K., Kalro, A.H. & Kamalamma, A.G. 97(5): 659–665 2010
Change we can believe in? Reviewing studies on the conservation impact of popular participation in forest management Conservation and Society Lund, J.F., Balooni, K. & Casse, T. 7(2): 71–82 2009
Effect of instituting “Authorized Neighborhood Associations” on communal (Iriai) forest ownership in Japan Society & Natural Resources Yamashita, U., Balooni, K. & Inoue, M. 22(5): 464–473 2009
Joint forest management in India: The management change process IIMB Management Review Balooni, K. & Inoue, M. 21(1): 1–17 2009
The effectiveness of decentralisation reforms in the Philippines’s forestry sector Geoforum Balooni, K., Pulhin, J.M. & Inoue, M. 39(6): 2122–2131 2008
Community initiatives in building and managing temporary check-dams across seasonal streams for water harvesting in South India Agricultural Water Management Balooni, K., Kalro, A.H. & Kamalamma, A.G. 95(12): 1314–1322 2008
Decentralized forest management in South and Southeast Asia Journal of Forestry Balooni, K. & Inoue, M. 105(8): 414–420 2007
Prospects and problems of afforestation of wastelands in India: A synthesis of macro and micro perspectives Geoforum Balooni, K. & Singh, K. 38(6): 1276–1289 2007
Declining instituted collective management practices and forest quality in Central Himalayas Economic & Political Weekly Balooni, K., Ballabh, V. & Inoue, M. 42(16): 1143–1152 2007
Why local resources management institutions decline: A comparative analysis of Van (Forest) Panchayats and forest protection committees in India World Development Ballabh, V., Balooni, K. & Dave, S. 30(12): 2153–2167. 2002
Teak investment programmes: An Indian perspective Unasylva Balooni, K. 51(201): 22–28 2000
Managing village plantations through Tree Growers' Co-operatives: Emerging issues and policy implications Agricultural Economics Research Review Balooni, K. & Ballabh, V 13(1): 52–70 2000
Tree growers' co-operatives: Farm forestry in India Journal of Forestry Singh, K. & Balooni, K. 95(10): 32–35 1997
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