Indranil De

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Name:Indranil De
Highest qualification and awarding universityPh.D, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
EmployerInstitute of Rural Management Anand
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Key areas of interestinstitutional economics, political economy, public policy, water and sanitation, water-gender nexus  
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Dr. Indranil De is a Professor in Social Sciences and Economics at Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), India. He teaches Collective Actions and Cooperation, Development Theory, Applied Econometrics and Social Cost Benefit Analysis at IRMA. He was associated with several research and consulting assignments with international and national institutes as well as state and central governments of India. This includes Department of Science and Technology (Government of India), Government of West Bengal, Government of Gujarat, Government of Meghalaya, The World Bank, UNICEF, and International Water Management Institute (IWMI). He is the editor of International Journal of Rural Management. He has published several journal articles and books with reputed publishers.

Research Project

  1. Ongoing Research: Innovation Centre for Eco-Prudent Wastewater Solutions (IC-ECOWS) (Co-PI), funded by Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, 2019 – 24
  2. Completed Research: Institution and Socio-economic Assessment of Water Users Association under WBADMIP (PI), funded by The World Bank and the Government of West Bengal, 2019-20
  3. Completed Research: Impact of SSNNL Canal introduction in the arid, semi arid and drought prone area on socio economic environment (Co-PI), funded by Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd., 2018-21

Key Publications/Reports

  1. De, Indranil, Soumyadip Chattopadhyay, Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan, Prabhat Mishra, Akhilesh Parey and Subhashish Dutta. (2022). Structural and Institutional Arrangements Impacting Collective Actions in WUAs of West Bengal, India. International Journal of Water Resources Development. PrintISSN: 0790-0627 Online ISSN: 1360-0648


  • De, Indranil, Rooba Hasan & Mubashshir Iqbal (2022). Natural Treatment Systems and Importance of Social Cost Benefit Analysis in Developing Countries: A Critical Review. Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, 14(7), 3913.


  • De, Indranil (2020). Sanitation and User Charges in Indian Slums – Who Pays and How Does It Matter? Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 55, No. 5


  • De, Indranil. (2018). Determinants of rural sanitation in India and implications for public policy. Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, IWA Publishing, ISSN 2043-9083, EISSN 2408-9362, Vol.8. No.4


  • De, Indranil and Tirthankar Nag. (2016). Dangers of Decentralisation in Urban Slums: A Comparative Study of Water Supply and Drainage Service Delivery in Kolkata, India. Development Policy Review. Wiley Publishing, Print ISSN: 0950-6764, Online ISSN: 1467-7679,  Vol. 34, No. 2


  • De, Indranil and Tirthankar Nag. (2016). Local Self-governance, Ethnic Division in Slums and Preference for Water Supply Institutions in Kolkata, India. Water Policy. ISSN: 1366-7017, IWA Publishing, Vol.18. No.2