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Dr Mamata Swain

Dr Mamata SwainDr Mamata Swain was a Commonwealth Fellow at the LSE Asia Research Centre.

She is Professor of Economics and Dean, School of Social Sciences at Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, India. Dr Swain obtained her MPhil from the Delhi School of Economics and her PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Her areas of research interest are Agricultural Economics, Environmental Economics and Water Resources Management. She has pursued post-doctoral research on water pricing at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver being awarded a Canadian Faculty Research Fellowship. Dr Swain also carried out research on Participatory Irrigation Management in Japan at Tsukuba University as a Japan Foundation Fellow. She completed a study on Irrigation Management in Thailand at Thammasat University with a research grant provided by Indian Council of Social Science Research and National Research Council of Thailand. Dr Swain has completed a number of research projects in the field of Water Resources Management and Resource Economics, with sponsorship from organisations including World Bank, USAID, DFID, SANDEE, ICAR, ICSSR, Planning Commission.

Research Interests

  • Agrarian structure
  • Rural land, labour and credit markets
  • Agricultural tenancy
  • Food security
  • Climate change and agricultural risk
  • Crop insurance
  • Disaster management
  • Water pricing
  • Participatory irrigation management
  • Ground water
  • Resettlement and rehabilitation
  • Gender studies

Selected Publications

  • Swain, M. and Swain, M. (2011). Drought Vulnerability, Coping Capacity and Residual Risk: Evidence from Bolangir District in Orissa, India. Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management, 3 (4)
  • Swain, M. and Swain, M. (2011). Vulnerability to Agricultural Drought in Western Orissa: A case study of representative blocks. Agricultural Economics Research Review, 24 (1): 47-56
  • Swain, M., Swain, M. and Das, D.K. (2009). Regional Disparity in Agricultural Development in Orissa in Pre and Post-Reform Period. Social Change, 39 (2): 195-215
  • Swain, M. (2008). Agricultural Risk and Crop Insurance in Orissa in a Globalised Economy. Man & Development, 30 (3): 107-128
  • Swain, M. and Das, D.K. (2008). Participatory Irrigation Management in India: Implementation and gaps. Journal of Development in Sustainable Agriculture, 47 (3): 485-515
  • Swain, M., Lenka, J. and Mallick, M. (2007). Gender Perspective in Disaster Management (eds.) Serials Publisher, New Delhi
  • Swain, M. (2007). Causes, Determinants and Impacts of Rural-Urban Migration: Some empirical findings from Orissa. Indian Development Review, 5 (1): 9-32
  • Swain, M., Swain, M. and Sahoo, R.H. (2006). Disaster and Gender: Impact of super cyclone on life and livelihood of women. Serials Publisher, New Delhi
  • Swain, M. (2005). Organising Farmers for Water Management in Orissa: Policies, programmes and implementation. Indian Association of Social Science Institutions Quarterly, 24 (1): 102-28
  • Swain, M. and Swain, M. (2005). Impact of Super Cyclone on Life and Livelihood of Women: A micro-level study of two coastal districts in Orissa. The Asian Economic Review, 47 (3): 485-515
  • Swain, M. (2003). Food Security System in Orissa: A critical review. The Asian Economic Review, 45 (1): 148-67
  • Swain, M. (2001). Rural Indebtedness and Usurious Interest Rates in Eastern India: Some micro-evidence. Journal of Social and Economic Development, 3 (1): 121-43
  • Swain, M. (2001). Dynamics of Share Tenancy Institution. Review of Development and Change, 6 (1): 51-72
  • Kar, G.C. and Swain, M. (2000). Farmer and Local Participation in Irrigation Management and System Turnover (eds.) Commonwealth Publishers, Delhi
  • Swain, M. (2000). Agricultural Development and Interlocked Factor Markets. Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 55 (3): 308-16
  • Swain, M. and Das, D.K. (1999). Emerging Trends and Reforms in Irrigation in India: A Perspective of Orissa (eds.), M.D. Publishers, Delhi
  • Swain, M. (1999). Tenancy Structure in Orissa: Implication for Agricultural Growth. Artha Vijnana, 41 (3): 245-61
  • Swain, M. (1999). Agricultural Tenancy and Inter-linked Transactions: Neoclassical and Marxist Approaches. Economic and Political Weekly, 34 (37&38): 2657-66 & 2752-58
  • Swain, M. (1998). Peasant Agriculture and Share Tenancy in Orissa. Commonwealth Publishers, Delhi
  • Swain, M. (1998). Water Rate Fixation in Major and Medium Irrigation Projects in Orissa: Issues and Problems. Water and Energy International, 55 (2): 63-72
  • Swain, M. and Khadanga, G. (1996). Problems of Rehabilitation: A Case Study of a Settlement Colony in Gohira Irrigation Command. Journal of Indian Water Resources Society, 2 (4): 13-18