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Ram is resource economist with interests in water scarcity, biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation and adaptation responses.  A unifying theme for his recent work has been managing risks through mitigation and adaptation measures as well as understanding how changes in natural environments create complex feedbacks in inter-linked human, ecological and economic systems.  Some of Ram’s current work has been towards modelling the optimal management of socio-economic and ecological systems exhibiting non-linear dynamics and  endogenous risks. 

Examples include, understanding how aquatic systems respond to multiple stressors, threats to endangered biodiversity from invasive species and human activities, how farmers adapt to prolonged water scarcity through seeking alternative occupations, determinants of entrepreneurial ventures and success rates, quantifying and modelling resilience of water starved farmers, determinants and success of collective action in groundwater management, impact of climate induced salinity level rise on livelihood choices, REDD and REDD+ programs, and payments for ecosystem services.


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farmer Social Sciences
drought Earth & Environmental Sciences
water Social Sciences
agriculture Earth & Environmental Sciences
livelihood Social Sciences
human capital Earth & Environmental Sciences
sustainability Earth & Environmental Sciences
India Social Sciences

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Projects 2009 2016

Agricultural Market Reform in Pakistan to Enhance Growth, Employment & Productivity

Ranjan, R., Jayasuriya, S., Batson, D., Mallawaarachchi, T. & Khan, H.

2/02/16 → …

Project: Research

Climate Futures at Macquarie (Centre)

Beaumont, L., Hughes, L., Goodwin, I., Nelson, P., Thomalla, F., Flannery, T., Amati, M., Armand, L., Atwell, B., Ashiabor, H., Beggs, P., Benn, S., Bishop, M., Fryirs, K., Harcourt, R., Harrison, S., Henderson-Sellers, A., Hesse, P., Hose, G., Howitt, R., Madin, J., Maharaj, A., McAneney, J., Medlyn, B., Opeskin, B., Raftos, D., Ranjan, R., Salby, M., Techera, E., Trueck, S., Williamson, J. & Wilson, P.


Project: Research

Research Outputs 2000 2019

Assessing the impact of mining on deforestation in India

Ranjan, R., Mar 2019, In : Resources Policy. 60, p. 23-35 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Combining carbon pricing with LPG subsidy for promoting preservation and restoration of Uttarakhand forests

Ranjan, R., 15 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Environmental Management. 236, p. 280-290 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Liquefied petroleum gas

How socio-economic and natural resource inequality impedes entrepreneurial ventures of farmers in rural India

Ranjan, R., Jul 2019, In : European Journal of Development Research. 31, 3, p. 433–460 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

natural resources
natural resource

Optimal mangrove restoration through community engagement on coastal lands facing climatic risks: the case of Sundarbans region in India

Ranjan, R., Feb 2019, In : Land Use Policy. 81, p. 736-749 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

mangrove forests

Shooting at the poachers while the rhinos drown: managing short- and long-term threats to endangered wildlife in conservation reserves

Ranjan, R., Feb 2019, In : Natural Resource Modeling. 32, 1, p. 1-27 27 p., e12188.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Land use
Land Use Change