Dr.Elumalai has a Master's degree in Agricultural Economics from CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar and a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. His areas of research interests include agricultural economics, international trade, futures market, natural resource management, institutions and rural development.
He has worked at various reputed institutions such as National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre, New Delhi Office, National Council of Applied Economic Research, Madras School of Economics, Chennai and Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore. Presently, he is working as Associate Professor at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development (CSRD), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Dr.Elumalai served as a Consultant to various international organisations such as World Bank and FAO. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.
During the recent years, he has undertaken important research studies on inclusive agricultural growth, stagnation in crop productivity, agrarian change and farm sector distress, pre and post harvest losses, agricultural market reforms, impact evaluation of National Agriculture Development Programme, impact evaluation of Soil Micronutrients Programme, peri-urban agriculture and comparative advantage in export of agro-processed products.
Abstract of Speech
A research design connects research questions with data. The research design guides the researchers to situate themselves appropriately in the empirical world through quantitative, qualitative or mixed method approaches to answer the research questions. Most often, researchers are influenced by theories and methods available in their discipline to explain a phenomenon. But, societal problems are complex, which are not defined by discipline boundaries. Collaboration between experts from different disciplines helps to tackle such problems. In this context, interdisciplinary approach to explain a social and natural phenomenon is gaining momentum during the recent times. The proposed talk focuses on how integration of knowledge in remote sensing and agricultural economics help to gain a comprehensive understanding of agricultural land use changes in peri-urban areas of Bangalore City, India.