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Mr Kamal Kumar Murari

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies , School of Habitat Studies

B.Tech. (University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar),
M.Tech. (Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi)

Dr. Kamal Kumar Murari has about 15 years of work experience in research and consulting. He handled consulting projects related to water, agriculture and development sector. He is currently working as Assistant Professor at the Center for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies in Tata Institute of Social Science. His research focuses on understanding the impacts of climate variability and climate change on sectors such as environment, water resources, energy, health, and agriculture. He is also engaged with data analytics programme of School of Management and Labour Studies in Tata Institute of Social Sciences. He teaches data science subjects in the school of Management.

He has received  Bechalor of Technology in Agricultural Engineering, Master of Technology in Water Resources Engineering, and Doctorate in Climate Science.  He has been involved in research and consultancy projects that involve watershed management, water demand management of urban municipalities, Water auditing both at municipality level and industry level, and application of GIS (Geographical Information System) based water assessment models. He has a number of publications in national and international peer-reviewed journals. His publications featured in journals such as Proceeding of National Acadmcy of Science USA, Regional Environment Change, Meterological Applications, Economic and Political Weekly. He is also a reviewer of national and international peer-reviewed journals.

External links

  1. https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=w9wgAKAAAAAJ&hl=en
  2. https://www.linkedin.com/in/kamal-murari-03059a9/?originalSubdomain=in
  3. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kamal_Murari 


My current work is exploring three main research areas-

  1. Extreme climatic events - What are the risks of extreme climatic events under the projected climate change? And how will changes and variability in extreme climate affect energy and infrastructure demands? How to assess the risk of geographical regions though hazard risk vulnerability assessment (HRVA) framework?
  2. Impacts of climate variability and change on agriculture and water- how climate variability affects precipitation and temperature in the crop growing seasons, which in turn influence crop yield at regional and global scales.
  3. Application of nitrogen budget model- to understand the environmental implications of excess nitrogen use in Indian agriculture, I am also interested in exploring the nitrogen use pattern of different categories of the farmer.


Journal Publications (submitted)

  1. Paul B, Patnaik U, Jagnath G, Murari K K (accepted) Employment, Technology, and Value Chain in Leather Industry”, Science, Technology & Society.
  2. Paul B, Patnaik U, Murari K K (submitted) What determines industrial behaviour of solid waste management? Evidence from small and medium enterprises in India. Journal of Cleaner Production.
  3. Paul B, Patnaik U, Murari K K, Sahu S K, Muralidharan T (submitted) Who compensates? An assessment of loss and vulnerability to the household economy in India due to COVID-19 lockdown. Nature Human Behaviour.

Journal Publications and conference proceedings

  1. Jayaraman T and Murari K K (2014), "Climate Change and Agriculture: Current and Future Trends, and Implications for India”, Review of Agrarian Studies, 4 (1), 1-49.
  2. Murari K K, Ghosh S, Patwardhan A, Daly E and Salvi K (2015), “Intensification of future severe heat waves in India and their effect on heat stress and mortality” Regional Environmental Change, 15(4):569-579. DOI 10.1007/s10113-014-0660-6
  3. Aravindhan Nagarajan, Murari K K, T Jayaraman, Goutham Radhakrishnan, (2015), "Appraising the Debate on Biodiversity Conservation in the Western Ghats", Economic & Political Weekly, 50 (30), 49-56.
  4. Murari K K, Sahana A, Daly E, Ghosh S, (2016), "The influence of the El Niño Southern Oscillation on heat waves in India", Meteorological Applications 23 (4): 705-713.
  5. Murari K K, Jayaraman T, Swaminathan M (2017) Climate change and agricultural suicides in India. Proceeding of National Academy of Science USA, 115 (2): E115, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1714747115
  6. Murari K K, Mahato S, Jayaraman T, Swaminathan M, (2017) “Impacts of climate variability on crop yields: an empirical study of Karnataka” in proceedings of 8th annual conference on climate change on climate action: mitigation and adaptation in post Paris world, Mumbai, August 4-5, 2017, pp 102-106.
  7. Murari K K, Mahato S, Jayaraman T, Swaminathan M (2018) “The effect of extreme temperatures on crop yield in Karnataka, India”. Review of Agrarian Studies,8(2). http://www.ras.org.in/extreme_temperatures_and_crop_yields_in_karnataka_india.
  8. Paul B, Patnaik U, Jaganth G, Murari K K “Employment, technology, and value chain in Indian leather industry”. Science Technology and Society (In press).
  9. Paul B, Patnaik U, Murari K K (2019) “How do micro/small enterprise organize waste in India: a scenario of common purpose or a tragedy”. Submitted to XIV Annual Conference of Knowledge Forum on the theme Technology and Economy to be held on 10-13 Nov., 2019 in Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai.

Book chapters

  1. Murari K K, Jayaraman T, Chakraborty S (2017) “Fertilizer use and the small-scale farms”, in How do small farmers fare? Evidence from village studies in India, Swaminathan M and Baksi S (eds.),Tulika books, New Delhi, pp 201-229.
  2. Murari K K, Ghosh S (2018) “Heat waves impacts and projections”, in Climate Change Signals and Response: A Strategic Knowledge Compendium for India, Venkatraman C and Mishra T (eds.), Springer India. (in preparation)
  3. Murari K K (in press) “Fertilizer use in West Bengal: a case study of three villages" in Socio-economic survey in three villages of West Bengal: a study of agrarian relationship.
  4. Murari K K (in press) “The heat action plan of Ahmedabad city in India”, in Combating Climate Change in South Asia: towards the implementation of new urban agenda. (to be published by National University of Malaysia).

Presentations on Seminar, Conference, and Workshops

  1. Anshuman, Narula K K, Murari K K, Mahadev H and Banerji P (2010), “Assessment of groundwater resources and implementation of water conservation intervention through groundwater recharge: A case study from Neelamangla in Karnataka”, Ground Water Resources Estimation. Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi. 275 p.
  2. Murari K K, Daly E and Ghosh S (2012), “Change in the intensity-duration relationship of extreme temperature episodes in transient climate over India”, Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) and American Geophysical Union (AGU) joint assembly, Singapore.
  3. Jayaraman T and Murari K K (2014), “Smallholder agriculture in India and adaptation to current and future climate variability and climate change”, American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting, 15-19 Dec 2014, San Francisco (USA).
  4. Murari K K, Mahato S, Jayaraman T (2014), “Empirical evidence of the direct impact of extreme temperatures on wheat yield in the major wheat-growing region of India.”, American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting, 15-19 Dec 2014, San Francisco (USA).
  5. Murari KK, Jayaraman T, Chakraborty S (2016), “Fertilizer use on small farms”, paper presented at the conference on small-scale farming in India: results from field surveys Thiruvananthapuram, December 2-3.
  6. Murari KK (2018), “Towards non-toxic South East Asia”, November 27-29, 2018, Bangkok, Thailand.
  7. Murari KK (2019), “Heat stress and health responses-challenges and concerns in India” presented in conference “Combating the urban climate change in South East Asia: towards the implementation of new urban agenda” in Urban Thinkers Campus Kualalumpur (Malaysia), December 7-9, 2019.

Articles in popular media and blogs

  1. The effect of extreme temperature on crop yield in Karnataka (June 2017) in Foundation of Agrarian Studies Blog. (https://fas.org.in/blog/the-effects-of-extreme-temperature-on-crop-yield-in-karnataka/)
  2. Misunderstanding data, poor analysis, and wrong conclusions: the spurious linkages between extreme temperatures and farmer suicides (August, 2017) in Newsclick. (https://www.newsclick.in/misunderstanding-data-poor-analysis-and-wrong-conclusions)
  3.  Data analytics in WASH sector. In Klaymatrix Blog. (https://klaymatrix.com/2018/07/10/data-analytics-in-water-sector/)
  4. The Amazon fire that lacks proportion (Sept, 2019), in The Hindu oped. (https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/the-amazon-fires-an-alarm-that-lacks-proportion/article29377123.ece)
  5. Doubling rate of COVID-19 cases: how does India fare? (May, 2020), in Klaymatrix Blog. (https://klaymatrix.com/2020/05/20/doubling-rate-of-covid-19-cases-how-does-india-fare/)


Projects (or consultancy work) at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

  1. Community resource management plan for the scheduled tribes and other traditional forest dwellers in Gondia district of Maharashtra, sponsored by the department of forest, Gondia division (completed)
  2. Climate change adaptation to industrial areas of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, sponsored by INTEGRATION Environment and Energy GmbH, Germany (Completed)
  3. Climate change and agricultural yields in Karnataka, sponsored by Karnataka Agriculture Price Commission (Completed).
  4. Socio-economic and environmental assessment of Konkan railways, sponsored by 3ie - International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, Delhi (Completed)
  5. Low-cost innovative technology for water quality monitoring and water resources management for urban and rural water systems in India- jointly sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology and European Commission. (Ongoing)
  6. Impact of agricultural interventions on farmers wellbeing: evidence from semi-arid regions of rural India, project grant sanctioned by Indian Council of Social Science Research. (Ongoing)



Courses teaching

  1. Introduction to climate science (2 credit, for CCSS)
  2. Water and sustainable development-I (2 credit, for CCSS)
  3. Extreme events and disasters (2 credit, for CCSS and also open to WPG and DS)
  4. Climate change modelling (2 credit, for CCSS)
  5. Introduction to Geographical Information System (2 credit, for CCSS and UPG)- Currently not teaching
  6. Macro data analysis (2 credit, for CCSS and UPG)
  7. Data analysis using R (in the executive programme)
  8. Application of GIS in data analytics (in the executive programme)
  9. Research Methodology (2 credits, for CCSS, UPG, WPG, and RG)


Note- CCSS- Climate Change and Sustainability Studies

UPG- Urban Policy and Governance

WPG- Water Policy and Governance

DS- Development Studies

CBCS- Choice Based Credit System

RG- Regulatory Governance


Lectures delivered (Outside TISS)

  1. "Impact of current climate variability and climate change on Indian agriculture and lessons for rural adaptation", Round Table Discussion on Climate Change by Alliance Française de Bombay, the Science & Technology Service of the French Embassy in India (2016).
  2. “Data and methods in climate analysis”, in a workshop on the impact of climate change in Indian agriculture, organized by Indian Statistical Institute Bangalore (2016).
  3. “Climate models, Downscaling, and Projections”, in research methodology workshop on impact evaluation of issues related to climate change and agriculture, organized by NABARD and Institute of Economic Growth (Delhi) (2016).
  4. “Evaluating the added value in regional climate model simulations of extreme temperatures in India”, in Indo-US joint partnership workshop organized by Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune (2017).
  5. “Climate variability and climate change: extremes, their manifestation, and their societal impact” in SERB and GUJCOST sponsored training programme on “Capacity building on interdisciplinary research on climate change” organized by Charotar University of Science and Technology, Anand (2018)
  6. “Climate data and models” in Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai (2019)



Email: kamal.murari[at]tiss[dot]edu

Kamal Kumar Murari

Assistant Professor and Chairperson,

Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies,

School of Habitat Studies, 

Tata Institute of Social Sciences,

Mumbai- India.


Phone Number-+91-22-25525866, 9757028894


Skype id: kamal.murari3