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Director, IIM Kashipur




Kulbhushan Balooni has been associated with the IIMs for more than 25 years. He was among the first faculty members who joined the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode in its first academic year (1997–1998). He earned the position of Professor in 2012. He served as IIM Kozhikode's Director i/c from September 2014 to June 2018 and also established and nurtured IIM Amritsar as Mentor Director during the same period. He has been Director of IIM Kashipur since June 2019.

He undertook post-doctoral research at the University of Tokyo and doctoral research at the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA). He has been a visiting scholar at the National University of Singapore, University of Copenhagen, University of Tokyo, Uppsala University, and Wageningen University. He is a Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Fellow.

Kulbhushan undertakes interdisciplinary research on the environment, resources, development policy and sustainability, and agribusiness in developing countries. He has focused on conservation, participatory governance, local institutions, and social entrepreneurship within this broad area. His research has been featured in Conservation Letters, Conservation and Society, Ecology & Society, Economic & Political Weekly, International Journal of the Commons, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, Landscape & Urban Planning, and World Development, among other journals.

  • Ramachandran, V., Balooni, K., & Bhamoriya, V. (2020). Social Enterprises: Partners and Catalysts in the Enhancement of Smallholder Farming. Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, DOI:10.1080/19420676.2022.2091646
  • Balooni, K., Menon, V., & Asokan, S. M. (2019). Self-reliance versus State Responsibility. Economic & Political Weekly, 54(9), 48-56.
  • Venkatachalam, L., & Balooni, K. (2018). Water transfer from irrigation tanks for urban use: Can payment for ecosystem services produce efficient outcomes? International Journal of Water Resources Development, 34(1), 51-65.
  • Balooni, K., & Vekatachalam, L. (2018). Payment for ecosystem services to sustain Kudimaramathu in Tamil Nadu, Economic & Political Weekly, 53(6), 21-23.
  • Balooni, K. (2017). Sustaining impactful multidisciplinary contributions over five decades: An interview with Professor Ramadhar Singh, Distinguished University Professor, Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad University. IIMB Management Review, 29(2), 136-151.
  • Balooni, K., & Venkatachalam, L. (2016). Managing water for sustainable development: An Indian perspective. IIM Kozhikode Society & Management Review, 5(1), 7-13.
  • Balooni, K., Gangopadhyay, K., & Kumar, B. M. (2014). Governance for private green spaces in a growing Indian city. Landscape and Urban Planning, 123(March), 21-29.
  • Balooni, K., & Lund, J. F. (2014). Forest Rights: The hard currency of REDD+. Conservation Letters, 7(3), 278-284.
  • Gangopadhyay, K., & Balooni, K. (2012). Technological infusion and the change in private, urban green spaces. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 11(2), 205-210.
  • Balooni, K., Gangopadhyay, K., Turakhia, S., & Karthik, R. G. (2012). Challenges in the sustainability of a targeted health care initiative in India. IIM Kozhikode Society & Management Review, 1(1), 21-32.
  • Balooni, K., Kalro, A. H., & Kamalamma, A. G. (2010). Sustainability of tunnel wells in a changing agrarian context: A case study from South India. Agricultural Water Management, 97(5), 659-665.
  • Lund, J. F., Balooni, K., & Puri, L. (2010). Perception-based methods to evaluate conservation impact in forests managed through popular participation. Ecology and Society, 15(3).
  • Balooni, K., Lund, J., Kumar, C., & Inoue, M. (2010). Curse or blessing? Local elites in joint forest management in India’s Shiwaliks. International Journal of the Commons, 4(2), 707-728.
  • Yamashita, U., Balooni, K., & Inoue, M. (2009). Effect of instituting “Authorized Neighborhood Associations” on communal (Iriai) forest ownership in Japan. Society and Natural Resources, 22(5), 464-473.
  • Lund, J. F., Balooni, K., & Casse, T. (2009). Change we can believe in? Reviewing studies on the conservation impact of popular participation in forest management. Conservation and Society, 7(2), 71-82.
  • Balooni, K., & Inoue, M. (2009). Joint forest management in India: The management change process. IIMB Management Review, 21(1), 1-17.
  • Balooni, K., Kalro, A. H., & Kamalamma, A. G. (2008). Community initiatives in building and managing temporary check-dams across seasonal streams for water harvesting in South India. Agricultural Water Management, 95(12), 1314-1322.
  • Balooni, K., Pulhin, J. M., & Inoue, M. (2008). The effectiveness of decentralisation reforms in the Philippines’s forestry sector. Geoforum, 39(6), 2122-2131.
  • Balooni, K., & Singh, K. (2007). Prospects and problems of afforestation of wastelands in India: A synthesis of macro-and micro-perspectives. Geoforum, 38(6), 1276-1289.
  • Balooni, K., & Inoue, M. (2007). Decentralized forest management in South and Southeast Asia. Journal of Forestry, 105(8), 414-420.
  • Balooni, K., Ballabh, V., & Inoue, M. (2007). Declining instituted collective management practices and forest quality in the Central Himalayas. Economic and Political Weekly, 42(16), 1443-1452.
  • Ballabh, V., Balooni, K., & Dave, S. (2002). Why local resources management institutions decline: A comparative analysis of van (forest) panchayats and forest protection committees in India. World Development, 30(12), 2153-2167.
  • Balooni, K., & Ballabh, V. (2000). Managing village plantations through tree growers co-operatives: Emerging issues and policy implications. Agricultural Economics Research Review, 13(1), 52-70.
  • Balooni, K. (2000). Teak investment programmes: An Indian perspective. Unasylva, 51(201), 22-28.
  • Singh, K., & Balooni, K. (1997). Tree growers' cooperative: Farm forestry in India. Journal of Forestry (USA), 95(10), 32-35.