Kattumuri, Ruth

Dr Ruth Kattumuri  


Position held



Experience keywords:

Climate Change Policy; Disability; Education and Skills; Food Security; HIV/AIDS; Inclusion; Population and Development; Survey Methodology; Sustainable Growth

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Dr Ruth Kattumuri is Co-Director of the India Observatory and the Asia Research Centre at the London School of Economics. In over two decades of experience, she has pioneered several innovative knowledge sharing and skills development programmes in the UK and in India. Ruth is advisor to various education and skills development institutions in Europe and Asia. She is also actively engaged in promoting south-south co-operation.

Ruth has a PhD from LSE and is a Cambridge Commonwealth Fellow. Prior to joining the LSE, she was a Professor in Statistics and Computer Science in Madras, India.

Dr Kattumuri’s research focus is on sustainable growth and inclusion. Her recent publications are on: low-carbon green growth in Asia, food security, inclusive education and philanthropy in India

Countries and regions to which research relates:

India, Asia


Hindi [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Spanish [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]; Tamil [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Basic]; Telugu [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Basic]

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7107 5217



Kattumuri, Ruth and Sekher, Madhushree and Parasuraman, S, eds (2018) Governance and governed: multi-country perspectives on state, society and development Springer Singapore, Singapore. ISBN 9789811059629


Kattumuri, Ruth (2017) Love's labour's gained? In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Development Economics. Post-Graduate & Research Department of Economics, Ethiraj College for Women (Autonomous), Tamil Nadu, India. ISBN 9781635351736

Kattumuri, Ruth and Kurian, Sunil (2017) Sustainable urban development in India: a tale of two Mahindra World Cities LSE India Observatory working paper, 05. India Observatory, LSE, London, UK.

Kattumuri, Ruth and Kruse, Tobias (2017) Renewable technologies in Karnataka, India: jobs potential and co-benefits Climate and Development. 1-14. ISSN 1756-5529

Bhanumurthy, N. R. and Kattumuri, Ruth (2017) Fiscal implications of food security in India: a critical review In: De, Supriyo, (ed.) India's Fiscal Policy: Prescriptions, Pragmatics and Practice. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107152632

Kattumuri, Ruth and Ravindranath, Darshini and Esteves, Tashina (2017) Local adaptation strategies in semi-arid regions: study of two villages in Karnataka, India Climate and Development, 9 (1). 36-49. ISSN 1756-5529


Sinha, Dipa and Tiwari, Dinesh Kumar and Bhattacharya, Ruchira and Kattumuri, Ruth (2016) Public services, social relations, politics, and gender: tales from a north Indian village In: Himanshu, H. and Jha, Praveen and Rodgers, Gerry, (eds.) The Changing Village in India: Insights from Longitudinal Research. Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India. ISBN 9780199461868

Kattumuri, Ruth (2016) Top 10 economic and development challenges for India in 2016 South Asia @ LSE (13 Jan 2016) blog

Yu, X. and Kattumuri, Ruth (2016) Dragon and elephant, shoulder to shoulder: non traditional security cooperation between China and India Journal of International Security Studies, 3. 3-28. ISSN 2095-574X

Kattumuri, Ruth (2016) Evidence and the policy process from an Indian perspective In: Hantrais, Linda and Lenihan, Ashley Thomas and MacGregor, Susanne, (eds.) International and Interdisciplinary Insights into Evidence and Policy. Contemporary Issues in Social Science. Routledge. ISBN 9781138655263


Kattumuri, Ruth (2015) Sustainable Development: the goals and the challenges ahead Africa at LSE (25 Sep 2015) blog

Kattumuri, Ruth (2015) Evidence and the policy process from an Indian perspective Contemporary Social Science: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences, 10 (2). 191-201. ISSN 2158-2041

Kattumuri, Ruth and Singh, Manju (2015) 印度社会保障政策的历史发展与目标 (Historical developments and goals of social protection policies in India) 社会保障研究 (Social Security Studies), 2015 (02).


Kattumuri, Ruth and Ravindranath, Darshini (2014) Sustainable growth and climate change: evolution of India’s strategies. In: Bowen, Alex and Whalley, John and Stern, Nicholas, (eds.) The Global Development of Policy Regimes to Combat Climate Change.. The tricontinental series on global economic issues (4). World Scientific Publishing, London, UK, 75-106. ISBN 9789814551847

Chaturvedi, Rajiv K and Kattumuri, Ruth and Ravindranath, Darshini (2014) Mainstreaming adaptation to climate change in Indian policy planning International Journal of Applied Economics and Econometrics, 22 (1). 23-56. ISSN 0971-8281

Hiremath, Rahul B and Kattumuri, Ruth and Kumar, Bimlesh and Hiremath, Gurudevi R (2014) Health and safety aspects of textile workers from Solapur (India) textile industries Indian Journal of Community Health, 26 (4). ISSN 0971-7587


Kattumuri, Ruth and Singh, Manju (2013) Historical developments and goals of social protection policies in India In: Midgley, James and Piachaud, David, (eds.) Social Protection, Economic Growth and Social Change: Goals, Issues and Trajectories in Brazil, China, India and South Africa.. Edward Elgar, London, UK. ISBN 9781781953945

Kattumuri, Ruth (2013) Top 10 economic and development challenges for India in 2014 South Asia @ LSE (18 Dec 2013) blog

Cantegreil, Mathieu and Chanana, Dweep and Kattumuri, Ruth, eds (2013) Revealing Indian philanthropy Alliance Publishing Trust, London, UK. ISBN 9781907376191

Bowen, Alex and Kattumuri, Ruth (2013) Transition lessons: going green as a development strategy In: Low-Carbon Green Growth in Asia: Policies and Practices. Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philipines, 121-170.

Das, Ashima and Das, Shankar and Kattumuri, Ruth (2013) Inclusive education: a contextual working model Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi, India. ISBN 9788180699320

Nair, Malini and Ravindranath, N. H. and Sharma, Nitasha and Kattumuri, Ruth and Munshi, Madhushree (2013) Poverty index as a tool for adaptation intervention to climate change in northeast India Climate and Development, 5 (1). 14-32. ISSN 1756-5529


Kattumuri, Ruth (2012) ADB and India: partnership for inclusive and sustainable development South Asia @ LSE (22 Oct 2012) blog

Hiremath, Rahul B and Kattumuri, Ruth and Kumar, Bimlesh and Khatri, Vishwas N and Patil, Sharmila S. (2012) An integrated networking approach for a sustainable textile sector in Solapur, India Urbani Izziv, 23 (2). 140-151. ISSN 0353-6483

Stern, Nicholas and Kattumuri, Ruth and Rydge, James (2012) Low-carbon growth and development In: Basu, Kaushik and Maertens, Annemie, (eds.) The New Oxford Companion to Economics in India. Oxford University Press India, Deli, India. ISBN 9780198078555


Kattumuri, Ruth (2011) Higher education in India: the legacy of colonialism In: Midgley, James and Piachaud, David, (eds.) Colonialism and Welfare: Policy and the British Imperial Legacy. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK, 159-174. ISBN 9781849808484

Kattumuri, Ruth and Tiwari, Dinesh Kumar (2011) Developments in education in Palanpur, a village in Uttar Pradesh Working Paper, 49. Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Kattumuri, Ruth and Holm, Amalie Kvame (2011) Reconciliation and transitional justice: the contribution of forgiveness towards healing and restoration In: Albrow, Martin and Seckinelgin, Hakan, (eds.) Global Civil Society 2011: Globality and the Absence of Justice. Global Civil Society Yearbook. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, 38-47. ISBN 9780230272019

Tiwari, Rakesh and Somashekhar, H. I. and Parama, V. R. R. and Murthy, Indu K. and Mohan Kumar, M. S. and Mohan Kumar, B. K. and Parate, H. and Varma, M. and Malaviya, S. and Rao, A. S. and Sengupta, Arjun and Kattumuri, Ruth and Ravindranath, N. H. (2011) MGNREGA for environmental service enhancement and vulnerability reduction: rapid appraisal in Chitradurga district, Karnataka Economic and Political Weekly, 46 (20). 39-47. ISSN 0012-9976

Kattumuri, Ruth (2011) Food security and the targeted public distribution system in India Working Paper, 38. Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.


Das, Ashima and Kattumuri, Ruth (2010) Children with disabilities in private inclusive schools in Mumbai: experiences and challenges Working Paper, 34. Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Cui, Shunji and Kattumuri, Ruth (2010) Cultivated land conversion in China and the potential for food security and sustainability Working Paper, 35. Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Kattumuri, Ruth (2010) An exploration of the role of forgiveness in relation to transnational justice In: Seckinelgin, Hakan and Albrow, Martin, (eds.) Global Civil Society Yearbook 2010: Global Justice and Civil Society. Global civil society yearbooks (2010). SAGE Publications, London, UK. ISBN 9781849207928

Stern, Nicholas and Kattumuri, Ruth and Nilekani, Nandan (2010) A global deal on climate change: a possible role for India In: Acharya, Shankar and Mohan, Rakesh, (eds.) India's Economy: Performance and Challenges. Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India. ISBN 9780198074953


Kattumuri, Ruth (2003) One-and-a-half decades of HIV/AIDS in Tamil Nadu: how much do patients know now? International Journal of STD and AIDS, 14 (8). 552-559. ISSN 0956-4624


Kattumuri, Ruth (1992) Socio-economic study of sandalwood, rosewood and red sanders in four southern states in India Crafts Council of India, Chennai, India.


Kattumuri, Ruth (1989) Study on disadvantaged groups in Tamil Nadu NOVIB (Netherlands Organisation for International Assistance), Netherlands.


Kattumuri, Ruth (1987) Study on Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu World Council of Churches.

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