Susmita Dasgupta

Lead Environmental Economist, Development Economics

Susmita Dasgupta is a Lead Environmental Economist in the Sustainability and Infrastructure Team of the Development Research Group. Her research focuses on environmental management in developing countries. Dr. Dasgupta has done extensive analysis on health hazards of pollution, poverty/environment nexus, setting priorities in pollution control, deforestation, biodiversity loss, impacts of climate change on coastal zones and climate extremes, adaptation to climate change, cost effective regulations, monitoring and enforcement of regulations. She has conducted research activities in Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Cuba, India, Iran, Lao PDR, Madagascar, Mexico, Tunisia, Vietnam and Yemen, and has published numerous articles on issues related to development and environment. Before joining the Bank in 1992, she taught at the American University and the State University of New York at Albany. She holds a B. Sc from Presidency College, India; an M. Sc. from University of Calcutta, India; an M. Sc. and a Ph. D. in economics from the State University of New York at Albany.

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    Coping with Climate Change in the Sundarbans: Lessons from Multidisciplinary Studies

    November 2020
    Climate change is a major threat to the Sundarbans — the world’s largest remaining contiguous mangrove forest — a wetland of international importance, and the surrounding poor communities whose livelihoods depend on its natural resources. This book synthesizes multiyear, multidisciplinary studies that assess the vulnerability of this ecosystem and its neighboring coastal communities and recommend “resilient-smart” adaptation measures. The methods and findings will be of interest to development practitioners, policy makers, and researchers focused on island nations and countries worldwide that feature high density populations and economic activity in low-lying coastal regions vulnerable to sea-level rise.
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  • Climate Change
  • Disaster Risk Management