Architesh’s work focused on evaluating the resilience impacts of climate insurance, including the role of other stakeholders.


Architesh holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India. He was a Young Scientist at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna.

Prior to Joining LSE, he has worked as a post-doctoral fellow with International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) based in Lao PDR. He has also worked for IRRI in the South and South-East Asia.

Research Interests

  • Adaptation to climate change in the agricultural sector.
  • Role of Insurance in climate change adaptation and building resilience.
  • Community-based livelihood adaptation, resilience, and transformation.
  • Climate-Induced Migration in the developing countries.


Research - 2021

Research - 2020

How to effectively monitor and evaluate the use of climate and disaster risk insurance remains unclear. This paper reviews how these instruments are currently evaluated and finds a need for transparent monitoring and evaluation frameworks to enable greater scrutiny and to assist those funding, demanding or supplying insurance, with evidence from India and Africa. Read more

Analysing household data from 16 developing countries across Asia and Africa, this paper examines the landscape of access to and sources of financial services. The results shed new light on how insurance uptake could be increased through more tailored and targeted products and services that are designed to meet local needs and requirements in the face of climate and other shocks. Read more


Policy - 2020

Policy - 2019


Events - 2019


News - 2020

A wide range of success criteria are currently used to evaluate climate and disaster risk insurance. Architesh Panda and Swenja Surminski argue that transparent monitoring and evaluation frameworks are needed to enable greater scrutiny and to assist those funding, demanding or supplying insurance instruments. Read more

Coastal communities in India are confronting the effects of sea-level rise, erosion, flooding, and cyclones. This article examines displacement and migration from Odisha, the Sundarbans delta, and Majuli island in the state of Assam, examining national and state responses and the principles that could inform the design of policies to address displacement due to climate-related hazards. Read more

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