Eswaran Somanathan is Professor in the Economics and Planning Unit of the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) in Delhi (India), Professor-in-Charge of the Social Sciences Division of the ISI, and Program Director of CECFEE (Centre for research on the Economics of Climate, Food, Energy and Environment).
Professor Somanathan's research is in the economics of environment and development. He received his PhD from Harvard and has taught at Emory University, the University of Michigan, and Princeton.
He has been Executive Director of SANDEE (South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics), a Co-ordinating Lead Author for the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC. He is the Editor of Environment and Development Economics, a Cambridge University Press journal.
The intention is to gather scientific insights about major societal challenges in LIAS on the basis of international and interdisciplinary consultation.