Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Krishna Malakar

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

My research focusses on understanding the human dimensions of environmental/climate change with the aim to inform policy and action. The following lists some of my specific research themes.

  • Vulnerability, risk and adaptation to climate change
  • Resilience, response and recovery of communities from extreme weather events
  • Social barriers to adoption of technology
  • Livelihood and environmental sustainability

Office Location
Room no – 240B
E-mail: krishnamalakar[at]iitm[.]ac[.]in
Phone : +91 (44) 2257 4543
Google Scholar

  • Malakar, K., & Lu, C. (2022). Hydrometeorological disasters during COVID-19: Insights from topic modeling of global aid reports. Science of The Total Environment, 838, 155977. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.155977
  • Leal Filho, W., Wall, T., Mucova, S. A. R., Nagy, G. J., Balogun, A. L., Luetz, J. M., Ng,​ A.W., Kovaleva, M., Azam, F.M.S., Alves, F., Guevara, Z., Matandirotya, N.R., Skouloudis, A., Tzachor, A., Malakar, K. & Gandhi, O. (2022). Deploying artificial intelligence for climate change adaptation. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 180, 121662.
    doi: 10.1016/j.techfore.2022.121662
  • Malakar, K., Mishra, T., Vittal, H. & Karmakar, S. (2021). Risk mapping of Indian coastal districts using IPCC-AR5 framework and multi-attribute decision-making approach. Journal of Environmental Management, 294, 112948. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.112948
  • Malakar, K., & Lu, C. (2021). Measuring sustainability as distance to ideal position of economy, society and environment: Application to China’s provincial water resources (2004-17). Journal of Environmental Management, 292, 112742. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.112742
  • Malakar, K. & Mishra, T. (2020). Revisiting cyclone Phailin: Drivers of recovery in marine fishing communities. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 48, 1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101609
  • Malakar, K., Mishra, T. & Patwardhan, A. (2019). Factors linked with adaptation in the Indian marine fishing community. Ocean & Coastal Management, 171, 37-46. doi: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2018.12.026
  • Malakar, K., Mishra, T. & Patwardhan, A. (2018). Drivers of response to extreme weather warnings among marine fishermen. Climatic Change, 150 (3-4), 417-431. doi: 10.1007/s10584-018-2284-1
  • Malakar, K., Mishra, T. & Patwardhan, A. (2018). Perceptions of multi-stresses impacting livelihoods of marine fishermen. Marine Policy, 97, 18-26. doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2018.08.029
  • Malakar, K., Mishra, T. & Patwardhan, A. (2018). A framework to investigate drivers of adaptation decisions in marine fishing: Evidence from urban, semi-urban and rural communities. Science of The Total Environment, 637-638 (1 October 2018), 758-770. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.04.429
  • Malakar, K., Mishra, T. & Patwardhan, A. (2018). Inequality in water supply in India: an assessment using the Gini and Theil indices. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 20(2), 841-864. doi: 10.1007/s10668-017-9913-0
  • Malakar, K. & Mishra, T. (2017). Application of Gini, Theil and Concentration indices for assessing water use inequality. International Journal of Social Economics, 44(10), 1335-1347. doi: 10.1108/IJSE-01-2016-0017
  • Malakar, K. & Mishra, T. (2017). Assessing socio-economic vulnerability to climate change: a city-level index-based approach. Climate and Development, 9(4), 348-363. doi:10.1080/17565529.2016.1154449
  • Mishra, T. & Malakar, K. (2020). Loss and Damages from Cyclone: A Case Study from Odisha, a Coastal State. In Singh, A., Fernando, R.L.S. & Haran, N.P. (Eds.), Development in Coastal Zones and Disaster Management. Disaster Research and Management Series on the Global South (pp. 281-291). Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-981-15-4294-7_19
  • Malakar, K. & Mishra, T. (2019). Adaptation and its socio-economic facilitators in the marine fishing community of Maharashtra, India. In C. Venkataraman et al. (Eds.), Climate Change Signals and Response: A Strategic Knowledge Compendium for India (pp. 231-245). Singapore: Springer Nature. doi: 10.1007/978-981-13-0280-0_14
  • Malakar, K., Mishra, T. & Patwardhan, A. (2017). Developing Indices for Adaptation and Adaptive Capacity in Indian Marine Fishing. In W.L. Filho (Eds.), Climate Change Research at Universities: Addressing the Mitigation and Adaptation Challenges (pp. 401-421). Cham: Springer International Publishing AG. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-58214-6_26
  • International Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded by the Office of China Postdoc Council (OCPC) and Hohai University, November 2019-October 2021
  • Awarded Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in Environmental Sciences in March 2013 by University Grants Commission, India