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Bangabandhu Chair Professor - Global Recognitions, Awards & Honours

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  • 2021 Breakthrough Paradigm Award - Recipient of 2021 Paradigm Award by the Breakthrough Institute, California, recognized for her work on efficiency rebound in emerging economies which has influenced their thinking and research not only into the areas of energy efficiency but also the nature of economic growth and energy transitions as emergent phenomena.

  • Creativity Prize (2012) - A member of the ‘Team led by Prof. Ashok Gadgil’- winner of the 5th Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water.

  • Nobel Peace Prize (2007): She was among the network of scientists who shared Nobel Peace Prize awarded to IPCC in 2007.

  • Indo-US S&T Forum, Joint Awardee for Business Plan on “Commercializing a Scalable Low – cost Arsenic remediation technology for societal impact" in 2014.

  • Senior Fellow - Breakthrough Institute, USA in 2014.

  • National Fellowship of the Council in the Social Sciences for Pre-Eminent Scholarship offered by Indian Council of Social Sciences Research (ICSSR), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in 2013.

  • IPCC WGIII: Served as Coordinating Lead author of industry chapter of WGIII of AR4 and AR5

  • Best Citizen’s Award 2011 by Friendship Society of India.

  • Sawamsiddha Award of Rotary Club of Calcutta Metro City 2011.

  • Felicitated and Awarded a certificate by Prime Minister of India for valuable contribution to the IPCC process (AR4) in 2008.

  • Jadavpur University Teachers Association felicitated for noteworthy achievements in the field of her research in 2008.

  • NIPFP-Ford Foundation - Follow up Post-Doctoral Research grant (in Economics) in 1998-99.

  • Ford Foundation Post Doctoral Fellowship Award in Environmental Economics in 1997.




  • Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, New Delhi, India - Committee Member (Term Completed)

  • Climate Strategies, UK - Committee Member

  • Development Impact Laboratory (DIL), University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), USA - Advisory Committee Member (Term Completed)

  • Environmental Progress - Steering Committee Member (Term Completed)

  • Environmental Statistics for Indian Industries, CSO, Government of India, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation - Chairperson

  • EmPower - Women for Climate Resilient Societies - Project Steering Committee Member 

  • Future Earth Academy - Steering Committee Member

  • Global Change Programme and JU SYLFF Programme, Jadavpur University, India - Founder Advisor

  • Global Commission on Adaptation - Advisory Committee Member

  • High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy - Expert Group Member

  • Industrial Statistics (SCIS), National Statistical Commission, Government of India, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation - Standing Committee Member

  • Member of doctoral committees/faculty selection committees in universities (India and overseas), IITs, IISC, ICSSR Centre, State and Central Universities.

  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEF), Government of India - Member of Climate Change Consultative Group for Equity (Term Completed)

  • Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities and Social Sciences - International Advisory Board Member.

  • SaciWATERs - Governing Body Member, Vice President (Term Completed).

  • Technology Information, Forecasting And Assessment Council (TIFAC) - National Committee Member, Government of India.

  • Land Ocean Interaction Coastal Zone (LOICZ), IGBP, Global Change Network -  Committee Member (Term Completed)

  • LBNL Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies (LIGTT), UCB and LBNL, USA - Advisory Committee Member (Term Completed)

  • SAARC - Climate Change Committee Member (Term Completed)

  • SAP/DRS/CAS in Economics - Expert Committee Member (Term Completed)

  • SEAC - State Level Environment Assessment Committee of the Govt. of West Bengal (Term Completed)

  • UGCIndia - Expert Committee Member for Minor and Major Research projects in Economics (Term Completed)

  • Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), coordinated by Columbia University, USA - Advisory Committee Member (Term Completed)

  • Vidyasagar University, India - Member of Executive Council for Chancellor’s Nominee (Term Completed)

  • Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT),  Nagpur, India - Governing Body Member (Term Completed)

  • Wuppertal Institute, Germany - International Advisory Board Member.




  • Annual Review of Environment and Resource (ARER)

  • Breakthrough Journal

  • Current Research in Environmental Sustainability

  • Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability

  • Energy Economics (Term Completed)

  • Environmental Development

  • Global Transitions

  • Journal for the Planet

  • Progress in Energy

  • The Journal of Industrial Statistics

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