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Nandini Dasgupta

Dr Nandini Dasgupta

Dr Nandini Dasgupta


Department of History, Politics and Social Sciences

Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities


Tel: Ext. 9910


Room: KW123

Office Hours: Monday pm and Thursday from 11am to 12.30pm


Dr Nandini Dasgupta is a socio-economist, working at the interface of environment, institutions and socio-economic issues, with a particular focus on industrial pollution in developing economies. 

She has undertaken research and project management in over 12 developing and transition economies with issues related to pollution mitigation, institutions and improved environmental governance and consequent socio-economic benefits; energy policy and rural industries; and links between enterprise development, livelihoods and the role of local government. Her findings are made widely available through public presentations and publications. Through her international publications she has also contributed to improved understanding of the complexities of managing and mitigating pollution problems in clusters of industrial units; and to developing workable strategies to address the problems.

As a leading research manager, Dr Dasgupta has organised and participated in symposia and seminars throughout the world. She has developed and delivered strategies for disseminating research outputs. She has contributed to DFID's energy policy development in 1999 by demonstrating links between energy use-environment-poverty and by identifying sectors and activities where improved energy efficiency could have direct environmental and socio-economic gains for the poor.

Country experience: Albania, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Costa Rica, Romania, Bulgaria, India, Macedonia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Vietnam.

Reader, Development, Environment and Enterprise

  • Industrial pollution in developing countries and its mitigation through institutional strengthening and improved policy
  • Industrial pollution and governance
  • Pollution in small and medium and medium scale units and incentive structures for pollution abatement and compliance
  • Rural energy use; development and livelihoods.

Dasgupta, N., Patel, S., and Deb, K. (2006) Capital, State and Petty Trading in Calcutta in Urban Studies. Oxford University Press.

Dasgupta, N. (2003) Benefits of improved rice husk combustion. DFID-Energy Newsletter, 17, November.

Dasgupta, N. (2002) Small is Not Always Beautiful: Environmental Issues and Small Industries. In: Katrak, H., and Strange, R. (eds.) Small Enterprises in Developing and Transitional Economies. Palgrave UK. ISBN 0-333-96864-6.

Dasgupta, N. (2001) Book review. India's Energy: Essays in Sustainable Development. Audinet, P., Shukla, P. and Grare, F. (eds.) Energy and Environment.

Shakur, T., Dasgupta, N., and Treloar. D. (2001) Unsustainable Environment and the Cities of the Developing World. Liverpool: Hegemon Press. ISBN: 0-9538098-5-4.

Dasgupta, N. (2000) India: policy implications for environmental management in small scale industries. Small Enterprise Development, 11(2).

Dasgupta, N. (2000) Environmental enforcement and small industries in India: re-working the problem in the poverty context. World Development, 28(5).

Dasgupta, N. (2000) Energy efficiency and environmental Improvements in small scale industries: present initiatives in India are not working. Energy Policy. 27(14), pp. 789–800.

Dasgupta, N. (1999) Energy efficiency and poverty alleviation. DFID-Energy Newsletter, 8.

Dasgupta. N, et al. (1999) Energy efficiency and poverty alleviation. DFID-UK, Energy Sub-sector. Project No R7222.

Dasgupta, N. (1998) Tall blunders: Delhi's environment and industrial pollution: present strategies do more harm than good. Down to Earth, 7(9). Centre for Science & Environment, New Delhi.

Dasgupta, N. (1997) Greening small recycling firms: the case of lead smelting units in Calcutta. Environment & Urbanisation, 9(2).

Dasgupta, N. (1995) As a team member The Calcutta Environmental Management Strategy and Action of GHK. A Situation Report. Government of West Bengal and ODA.

Dasgupta, N, and Shipley, A. (1994) Eco-audit of Large Firms: An Assessment of their Environmental Practices and Strategies in Croydon. London Borough of Croydon.

Dasgupta, N. (1992) Petty Trading in the Third World: The Case of Calcutta. Avebury: Gower Publishing Group.

Dasgupta, N.(1992) Linkage, heterogeneity and income determinants in petty trading. World Development, 20(10).

Dasgupta, N. (1991) Capital, the State and petty trading in Calcutta. Economic and Political Weekly of India, 13, July 29.

Dasgupta, N., and Banerje, S. (1988) Regional Imbalance and Socio-economic Wellbeing in the Eastern States of India. In: Vidynath, V., and Rao, R.R.M. (eds.) Development of India's Resource base: Patterns, Problems and Prospects. Delhi: Gian Publishing House.

Dasgupta, N., and Ghosh, S. (1988) Curriculum in economic geography in Calcutta University – a critique. Geographical Review of India, 50(2), June.

Dasgupta, N. and Banerje, S. (1986) The Geography Of Socio-economic Wellbeing in Maharastra and South West Bengal. In: Mukerji, A.B., and Ahmad, A. (eds.) India Culture, Society and Economy. New Delhi: Inter India Publication.

Dasgupta, N (1984) The Geography Of Socio-economic Wellbeing In India. University of Bombay.

Unpublished reports for policy development (available on web)
Dasgupta, N. and Marr, A. (2007) Approaches and Strategies for Industrial Effluent Pollution Control in Dhaka. World Bank.

Dasgupta, N. (2005) Baseline Survey of Households, Enterprise and Socio-economic Infrastructure in five Districts of Bangladesh. DFID-Bangladesh.

Dasgupta, N. et al. (1998–99) Energy Efficiency and Poverty Alleviation. DFID.

Dasgupta, N. (2001) Rice and Livelihoods in the Diversifying Economy of Bangladesh. PETRRA.

Dasgupta, N. et al. (2002) Local Government Institutions in two districts of Madhya Pradesh, India. World Bank-DFID.

Dasgupta, N., and Marter, A. (2002) Local Government Institutions in two districts of Orissa, India. World Bank-DFID.

Dasgupta, N., Kleih, U., Marter, A., and Wandschneider, T. (2004) India: Policy Initiatives for Strengthening Rural Economic Development: Case Studies from Madhya Pradesh and Orissa. DFID.

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