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Sriram Natrajan
Geneva, Switzerland
Development economist/academic with over 15 years research experience in agrarian change, food security in developing Asia. Strong conceptual, statistical, analytical, writing and project management skills. Worked with UN organizations (Geneva & Bangkok) and taught in Universities; Economics Doctorate "Agrarian Change and rural Transformation in China". Current interests- Urban Food Systems
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Government/Governance, Reforms
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Trade, Finance, Economics, Cooperation, Global
Professional Experience:
Fellow (adjunct), Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi (March 2015- )
- Lead Consultant Food and Agricultural Organization –Regional Ofiice for the Asia Pacific, Bangkok- Project : “Improving Food and Nutrition Statistics in Asia-Pacific (Nepal, Lao PDR, Philippines)”, (February- April 2015)
-Consultant, Agricultural Data Analysis, Food and Agricultural Organization, Regional Office for the Asia and the Pacific (FAO-RAP), Bangkok (December, 2013 – September 2014).Worked with selected Asia Pacific countries (Nepal, Lao PDR, Philippines) to create capacity to compile and analyze food balance sheets.
-Course Coordinator and Visiting Lecturer at Southeast Asia Program, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. Designed course outline and taught an MA course titled “India, Southeast Asia and the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)-”, (June-October 2013).
-Consultant on Food and Agriculture Statistics, FAO-RAP, Bangkok, (September – October 2011).
Research Associate, Institute of Chinese Studies, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi., (January -September 2005).
-Guest Lecturer, M.Phil. course “China’s Economic Development”, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi. (March - April 2005).
-Consultant, Working Conditions and Employment Programme, ILO, Geneva. Prepared a study on -“Indicators of wages in industrializing Countries” (December 2003 - January 2004).
Research Economist, In focus Programme on Socio Economic Security, ILO, Geneva, Developed a Global Income Security Index for 99 countries, included in the “Economic Security for a Better World”, ILO, Geneva, 2004., ( February 2002 to March 2003).
-Consultant, Employment Strategies Department, ILO, Geneva. Prepared a background paper on “Wage Policies in Developing Countries”. (February – April 2001).
-Consultant - Economist, International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), Conditions of Work Department (Travail) Evaluated and analyzed selected IPEC projects and prepared estimates of costs of eliminating Child labour, (July 1999 – August 2000).
PhD in Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru Univeristy, New Delhi , 2011 "Agrarian Change and Rural Transformation in China - China's Development Experience since 1965"

MPhil in economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University-1993

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics from RKM Vivekananda college, University of MAdras, 1985-88 (1985 - 1988)
Affiliations and Achievements:
2021: (forthcoming) Urban Agriculture, Food Security and Sustainable Urban food Systems, ICS Occasional Papers, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi.
2017: Agrarian Change and Rural Transformation: China’s Development Experience since 1965, Monograph published by Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi, September.
2013: Food and Feed in a Resource Constrained System: Revisiting China’s Agrarian Questions, ICS Working Paper No. 2013/12/3, Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi, December.
2011: Food and Agriculture in China, Book chapter in M. Rasgotra, ed. China: Economy and Environment, 2 Volumes, ORF China Studies Series #2, New Delhi: Academic Foundation, 2011, Volume 1, pp.39-62.
2006: Enterprise Labour Flexibility and Security Surveys – A Training Manual, jointly authored with I. Chernyshev and A. Khan, November, International Labour Office, (ILO) Geneva.
2006: Inter-provincial Disparities in Rural ‘People’s Livelihood’ in China: An Empirical Assessment (1980-2004), China Report, Vol. 42, No. 3.
2000: Output and Employment in Rural China: Some Post-reform Problems, with Utsa Patnaik, Economic and Political Weekly, September 16, 2000.

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    Years of Experience:
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