Experts' profiles - Anantha Duraiappah
Anantha Duraiappah
Anantha Duraiappah received his Ph.D in economics from the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy; the National University of Singapore; and the Free University in Amsterdam before joining IISD as Director of Economic Policy in July 2000.

He has written a book on climate change and international aid in 1993 and a second book on environment and development published in 2003. Both books are published by Kluwer Academic Publishers. He has also published numerous articles in internationally recognized journals. He has worked on numerous projects in China, India, Thailand, Botswana, Kenya, Mauritania, Mali, Tanzania, Mozambique and the Philippines.

His present work focuses on the analysis of the Human Well-being Ecosystem Services Nexus by extending Amartya Sens Capability-Freedom framework to include the role of institutions in the provisioning of instrumental freedoms for the sustainable use of ecosystem services. He has written a concept paper on the poverty-environment nexus as well as a policy guideline for incorporating ecosystem services into poverty reduction strategies for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and was a Coordinating Lead Author for the chapter on Human Wellbeing as well as response actions for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA). He was also the co-chair of the Biodiversity Synthesis working group of the MA. Much of his recent work relates to the equitable dimension of economic instruments.

Anantha Duraiappah is a founding member of the Human Development and Capability Association. The Association was formally founded in 2004 with Amartya Sen as its president. Anantha Duraiappah is a fellow of the association as well as its treasurer.

Anantha Duraiappah is presently Chief of the Ecosystem Services Economics Unit of the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI).
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