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Minaketan Behera

Assistant Professor

PhD in Economics, Allahabad University

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Dr Minaketan Behera received his PhD in Economics from Allahabad University and MPhil in Economics from University of Hyderabad. His doctoral work was on the Forest Resources and livelihood of Forest based people in Orissa: A focus on use of Non-timber forest products. He has five years of field experience in area of Tribal livelihood Issues and Forest Resource Management. He has completed a research project on Changing Socio-economic condition and livelihood of geographically isolated primitive tribal community in kandhamal and KBK district of Orissa sponsored by Planning Commission, Government of India and FDA Evaluation sponsored by Ministry of Environment and Forest.
His research interest includes livelihood issues, Natural Resource Accounting, and Tribal Development.


Past Employment


Prior to joining Bharat Ratna Dr B.R. Ambedkar University, Delhi, Dr Minaketan Behera was working as a lecturer in A.N.Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna. He has also worked at Amity University, Noida, as lecturer for more than three years.



1.Non-timber forest products and tribal livelihood – a study from kandhamal district of Orissa, The Indian Forester, Volume-135, Number.8, August 2009, pp-1127-1134

2.Potential climate Disaster on Agriculture : A note from Bihar, Bihar Economic Journal, Volume-13, September 2010,pp- 118-123

3.Livelihood systems of Kandha community: a study from kandhamal, Orissa, Jharkhand Journal of Economic Development, Volume-III, Number-2, June 2010,pp-35-42

4.Performance of SHGs in promoting women empowerment : A case study from Kendujhar and Mayurbhanja district of Orissa, Journal of Social and Economic Development, Volume-IV, Number-2,December 2010,pp-33-45

5.Climate Change and Tribal Economy in Orissa: Adaption Strategy to avoid it, The Indian Economic Journal , Conference Volume, December , 2010,pp-116-123

6.Changing Pattern of Indebtedness and Saving of Dongria Kandha: A case study from in Rayagada district of Orissa, Indian Journal of Economics ( accepted for publication )




1.“Status of Education among Schedule Tribes and Government Initiatives for Promoting their Education in Orissa” in National seminar on “ Mass literacy and Basic life skills: The Unfinished Modernist project in India” on March 3-4, 2011 organised by School of Social studies , Jawaharlal Nehru University

2.“Disparity in Rural-Urban Poverty and Recent Initiatives for Its Reduction in Bihar” in National Seminar on “Recent Poverty Debate In India: Measurement, Issues, and Relevance”, Allahabad, November 20-21, 2010, organised by Department of Economics, University of Allahabad

3.“Food Security and Changing Socio-Economic Condition of Primitive Tribal Community in Orissa ” at the 14th Annual Conference of the Indian Political Economy Association organized at A.N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna, from 10th to 12th December 2010.

4.“Tribal Development through local Self Government: A Study from kandhamal district” in National Seminar on “Self-Governance and Development in Tribal areas: A Glance at the PESA Act’96” on 10 January 2005 organized by at G.B.Pant Social Science Institute.

5.“Conflict between JFM and PESA in Orissa” In a National consultation on PRSA Act, Organized by AGRAGAMEE, Kashipur, held on 18-19 January 2005 at Bhubaneswar, Orissa.

6.“Impact of Globalization on the primitive tribals community of Orissa: a case study from KBK districts of Orissa” in International Seminar on ‘Globalization: opportunities and challenges’, 11-14 February, 2005,Organsied by Centre for Scientific Socialism, Acarjya Nagarjuna University, Nagarjuna Nagar, Andhra Pradesh

7. “Role of women in Joint Forest Management in Orissa” in International Seminar on “Rural women and Empowerment in South Asia” on October7--9, 2004 organized by G.B.Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad and World Women’s Forum.

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