Senior Fellow, Programme Leader (Forests & Governance), Convenor (Centre for Environment & Development)
Sharachchandra Lele (aka Sharad Lele) has a broad interest in resource and environmental issues, which began while he was doing his B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering in IIT Bombay. He moved to the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, where he completed an M.S. in Systems Science in 1987, working on the optimal sizing of hydropower projects incorporating the energy and economic costs of land submergence. He went on to the University of California, Berkeley, where he completed a Ph.D. in Energy & Resources in 1993 on the definition, measurement and causal analysis of sustainability in forest use in a part of the Western Ghats forests. He then spent a year at the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security, Oakland, as a Senior Research Associate and a year at Harvard University as a Bullard Fellow for Forest Research, before returning to Bangalore to work in collaboration with the Institute for Social & Economic Change, and eventually to being involved in the founding of CISED in 2001. He was Coordinator of CISED for 8 years, and following CISED’s merger with ATREE, he is now with ATREE.
Sharad's research interests include conceptual issues in sustainable development and sustainability, and analyses of institutional, economic, ecological, and technological issues in forest, energy, and water resource management. He attempts to incorporate strong interdisciplinarity in his own research and teaching, which straddles ecology, economics, and political science.
- Long-term Impacts of Watershed Development: A study in 3 Indian states, with Shrinivas Badiger, in collaboration with researchers from SOPPECOM and GIDR [pdf]
- Economic viability and political ecology of Jatropha cultivation in agricultural lands in Tamil Nadu.
- Climate Change and India, a review of India's role and predicament in the context of global climate change. In collaboration with Ashok Gadgil., Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
- NTFP Policy in India: Rhetoric and Reality. In collaboration with Manoj Pattanaik, Regional Centre for Development Cooperation, and Nitin Rai, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment.
- Land-cover change, Watershed Services, and Socio-economic Impact in the Western Ghats, in collaboration with UNESCO, National Institute of Hydrology, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology & the Environment, and the Karnataka Forest Department [pdf]
- Influence of Forest Cover Change on Watershed Functions in the Western Ghats: A Coarse-Scale Analysis, with Jaysree Vaidyanthan and Santosh Hegde [pdf]
- Understanding Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) in South Asia, with Ajit Menon, Praveen Singh, Esha Shah, Suhas Paranjape and K.J.Joy LINK TO BOOK
- Induction, development and impact of GIS/RS facility and applications in Karnataka Forest Department, with P.J. Dilip Kumar, S. Nagaraj and K.S. Shashidhar. [pdf]
- Joint Forest Planning and Management in the Eastern Plains of Karnataka: A Rapid Assessment, with Kiran Kumar and Pravin Shivashankar. [Pdf file]
- Ecology, Economics and Institutions of Forest Use in the Western Ghats: This project was completed under Dr. Lélé's leadership as a collaboration between Pacific Institute for Studies in Environment, Development, and Security and the Institute for Social and Economic Change.[pdf]
Fellowships and Awards
- RBC Water Fellow, Water Institute, University of Waterloo, Canada, January 2016
- Andrew Mellon Foundation Visiting Lecturership, Allegheny College, USA, January 2013.
- Charles Wallace Trust for India Visiting Fellowship, Centre for South Asian Studies, Cambridge University, Lent 2011.
- Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leadership fellowship, hosted at Stanford University, Fall 2010.
- Yusuf E Hamied Visiting Lecturer, Cambridge-India Partnership, Cambridge University, Summer 2010.
- World Technology Network: 2006 World Technology Fellow (Environment).
- Member, Bellandur Lake Monitoring Committee, Government of Karnataka, Jan 2017-.
- Member, Expert Appraisal Committee (Thermal Power Projects & Coal Mining), Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Dec 2016-.
- Founder - member, four times Executive Committee member, and President of Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE) (2014-16).
- Board member of International Society for Ecological Economics (2012-2014).
- Member, MoEF-MoTA Joint Committee on Implementation of Forest Rights Act
- Member, International Advisory Board, Journal of Peasant Studies (2008 onwards)
- Associate Editor, Ecological Economics, (2009 onwards)
- Member, Editorial Board, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, (2009 onwards)
- Member of Editorial Board, Conservation & Society (2004-2007).
- Member, Working Group for 11th Plan on Research, Education and Information in Environment and Forests.
- Trustee, Samrakshan Trust, Delhi
- Past member, Governing Council, Technology Informatics Design Endeavour (TIDE), Bangalore
- Past member, Research Advisory Board, Muruguppa Chettiar Research Centre (MCRC), Chennai
- Member, Girish Sant Memorial Advisory Committee, PRAYAS Pune.
- Lele, S. and Srinivasan, V., 2016. Focusing on the essentials: Integrated monitoring and analysis of water resources, Economic and Political Weekly, 51 (52): 47-50.[pdf]
- Kuttuwa, P., S. Lele and G. V. Mendez. 2016. Decentralized wastewater systems in Bengaluru, India: success or failure? Water Economics and Policy (in final review). [pdf] [Supplementary material1] [Supplementary material2]
- Lakerveld, R. P., S. Lele, T. A. Crane, K. P. J. Fortuin and O. Springate-Baginski. (2015). The social distribution of provisioning forest ecosystem services: Evidence and insights from Odisha, India. Ecosystem Services, 14: 56-66.[pdf]
- Srinivasan, V., S. Thompson, K. Madhyastha, G. Penny, K. Jeremiah, and S. Lele. (2015). Why is the Arkavathy River drying? A multiple-hypothesis approach in a data-scarce region. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 12(1), 25-66.[pdf]
- Jamwal, P., T. Md. Zuhail, P. R. Urs, V. Srinivasan and S. Lele. (2015). Contribution of sewage treatment to pollution abatement of urban streams. Current Science 108(4): 677-685.[pdf]
- Lele, S. (2013). Rethinking sustainable development, Current History, 112(757): 311-316.[pdf]
- Srinivasan, V., B. K. Thomas, P. Jamwal and S. Lele. (2013). Climate vulnerability and adaptation of water provisioning in developing countries: approaches to disciplinary and research-practice integration, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 336(5):1–6.[pdf].
- Krishnaswamy, J., M. Bonell, B. Venkatesh, B. K. Purandara, K. N. Rakesh, S. Lele, M. C. Kiran, V. Reddy and S. Badiger. (2013). The groundwater recharge response and hydrologic services of tropical humid forest ecosystems to use and reforestation: Support for the “Infiltration-evapotranspiration trade-off Hypothesis, Journal of Hydrology, 498: 191-209.[pdf]
- Lele,S.,Srinivasan,V. (2013). Disaggregated economic impact analysis incorporating ecological and social trade-offs and techno-institutional context: A case from the Western Ghats of India. Ecological Economics, 91: 98-112. [pdf]
- Lele, S., O. Springate-Baginski, R. Lakerveld, D. Deb and P. Dash. (2013). Ecosystem services: Origins, contributions, pitfalls and alternatives, Conservation and Society, 11(4): 343-358.[pdf]
- Krishnaswamy, J., M. Bonell, B. Venkatesh, B. K. Purandara, S. Lele, M. C. Kiran, V. Reddy, S. Badiger, K. N. Rakesh. (2012). The rain–runoff response of tropical humid forest ecosystems to use and reforestation in the Western Ghats of India. Journal of Hydrology . 472-473: 216–237.[pdf]
- Heller, E., J. M. Rhemtulla, S. Lele, M. Kalacska, S. Badiger, R. Sengupta and N. Ramankutty.(2012). Mapping Crop Types, Irrigated Areas, and Cropping Intensities in Heterogeneous Landscapes of Southern India Using Multi-Temporal Medium-Resolution Imagery: Implications for Assessing Water Use in Agriculture, Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, vol.78(8): 815–827. - "Winner of Third Place in the 2013 ERDAS Award for Best Scientific Paper in Remote Sensing from ASPRS".[pdf]
- Lele, S., and A. Kurien. (2011). Interdisciplinary analysis of the environment: Insights from tropical forest research, Environmental Conservation, 38(2): 211-233. [pdf]
- Lele, S., A. Kothari, Roma, A. Saikia, R. Rebbapragada, V. Kiro and J. Ete. (2011). Misreading the Issues and the Landscape, Economic and Political Weekly, 46(22): 107-108.[pdf]
- Lele, S. (2011). Re-reading the interdisciplinary mindscape: a response to Redford,Oryx, 45(3): 331-332. [pdf]
- Ariza-Montobbio, P., Lele, S., G. Kallis and J. Martinez-Alier. (2010). The political ecology of Jatropha plantations for biodiesel in Tamil Nadu, India, Journal of Peasant Studies,37: 4, 875-897.[ pdf]
- Ariza-Montobbio, P. and S. Lele. (2010).Jatropha plantations for biodiesel in Tamil Nadu, India: Viability, livelihood trade-offs, and latent conflict, Ecological Economics, 70(2): 189-195.[pdf].
- Lele, S., P. R. Wilshusen, D. Brockington, R. Seidler and K. S. Bawa. (2010). Beyond exclusion: alternative approaches to biodiversity conservation in the developing tropics, Current Opinions in Environmental Sustainability, 2(1-2): 94-100.[ pdf]
- Lele, S., Navroz K Dubash, Shantanu Dixit. (2010). A Structure for Environment Governance: A Perspective, EPW february 6, 2010 vol xlv no 6. [ pdf]
- Lele, S. (2009). Watershed services of tropical forests: from hydrology to economic valuation to integrated analysis. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. Vol 1, Issue 2, December, Pages 148-155. doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2009.10.007. [pdf]
- Joy, K. J., Shah, A., Paranjape, S., Samuel, A., Badiger, S and Lele, S. (2008). Common Guidelines for Watershed Development: Some Reflections. Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 43, No 23, 07 June, pp. 18-20. [pdf]
- Rosencranz, Armin, and Lele, S. (2008). Supreme Court and India's Forests, Economic and Political Weekly, XLIII (5): 11-14, February 2.[pdf]
- Kumar, Kiran, A. K., Lele, S., and P. Shivashankar. (2007). Impact of irrigation-led agricultural development on use of common lands in dry regions of Karnataka, India, WII-Ford Forestry Case Studies, Winrock International India, June. [pdf]
- Lele, S. (2007). A Defining" Moment in Forests? Economic and Political Weekly, XLII (25), June. [pdf]
- Lele, S. (2006). Thinking about Ecological Sustainability, Seminar, 564: 48-52, August. [pdf]
- Joy, K.J., A. Shah, S. Paranjape, S.Badiger, and Lele, S. (2006). Issues in Restructuring, Economic and Political Weekly, XLI (27 and 28): 2994-2996, July. [pdf]
- Lele, S. (2006). Linking Ecology, Economics, and Institutions of Village-level Forest Use in the Karnataka Western Ghats, Sahyadri E-News: Western Ghats Biodiversity Information System, (21), July. [pdf]
- Lele, S., and A. Menon. (2005). DRAFT NEP 2004: A Flawed Vision, Seminar, 547, March. [pdf]
- Lele, S., and R. Norgaard. (2005). Practicing Interdisciplinarity, BioScience, 55 (11): 967-975.[pdf]
- Saberwal, V., and Lele, S. (2004). Locating Local Elites In Negotiating Access to Forests: Havik Brahmins and the Colonial State, 1860-1920, Studies in History, 20(2): 273-303. [pdf]
- Bawa, K.S., John, W. Kress, N.M. Nadkarni, and Lele, S. (2004). Beyond Paradise-Meeting the Challenges in Tropical Biology in the 21st Century, Biotropica, 36(4): 437-446. [pdf]
- Menon, A., and Lele, S. (2003). Critiqueing the Commons: Missing the Woods for the Trees?, The Common Property Resource Digest. [pdf]
- Lele, S. (2001). Pixelising the Commons and Commonising the Pixel: Boon or Bane?, The Common Property Resource Digest, No. 58, September. [pdf]
- Lele, S. (2000). Degradation, sustainability or transformation?, Seminar, vol. 486, pp.31-37[pdf]
- Lele, S. and V. Saberwal. (2000). The Problem (introducing the special issue on Environmental Degradation: Myth and Reality), Seminar, vol. 486, pp.12-14. [pdf]
- Lele, S., G. Rajashekhar, V. R. Hegde, G. P. Kumar and P. Saravanakumar. (1998). Meso-scale analysis of forest condition and its determinants: A case study from the Western Ghats region, India,Current Science, vol. 75 , no.3, pp.256-263. [pdf]
- Lele, S. (1998). Resilience, Sustainability, and Environmental Soundness, Environment & Development Economics, vol. 3, no.2, pp.251-255. [pdf]
- Lele, S., and G.T. Hegde. (1997). Potential herb layer production and grazing effects in anthropogenic savannahs in the moist tropical forests of the Western Ghats of India, Tropical Grasslands, vol. 31 , no.6, pp.574-587. [pdf]
- Lele, S. (1996). Environmental governance, Seminar, no. 438, pp.17-23. [pdf]
- Lele, S. and R. B. Norgaard. (1996). Sustainability and the Scientists' Burden, Conservation Biology, vol. 10 , no.2, pp.354-365. [pdf]
- Lele, S. (1994). Sustainable use of biomass resources: A note on definitions, criteria, and practical applications, Energy for Sustainable Development, vol.1, pp.42-46.[pdf]
- Lele, S. (1993). Private property rights and forest preservation in Karnataka Western Ghats, India: Comment, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, vol.75, pp.492-495. [pdf]
- Lele, S. (1991). Sustainable Development: a critical review, World Development, vol. 19, no.6, pp.607-621. [pdf]
- Lele, S., R. B. Norgaard, and D. K. Subramanian. (1988). Hydropower project design incorporating submergence costs, Journal of Environmental Management, vol.27, pp.307-323. [pdf]
- Lele, S. and D. K. Subramanian. (1988). A hydro-wood net-energy approach to hydro project planning, Energy, vol.13, no.4, pp.367-381. [pdf]
- Lele, S. (1987). Improved algorithms for reservoir capacity calculation incorporating storage-dependent losses and dependability norm, Water Resources Research, vol. 23, no.10, pp.1819-23. [pdf]
- Thomas, B.K., P. Jamwal, S. Lele & V. Srinivasan. (2014).'Thinking About Urban Resilience: The Case of Water Scarcity and Wastewater Reuse in Bengaluru', Urban Resilience: Proceedings of the Colloquium, Bengaluru: Public Affairs Centre, ISBN 9788188816378 [pdf]
- Lele, S. (2014). What is wrong with Joint Forest Management? In: Democratizing Forest Governance in India (eds. Lele, S. and A. Menon). Pp. 25-62. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
- Lele, S. and A. Menon. (2014). Epilogue. In: Democratizing Forest Governance in India (eds. Lele, S. and A. Menon). Pp. 402-414. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
- Lele, S. and A. Menon. (2014). Introduction: Forest Governance beyond Joint Forest Management, Godavarman, and Tigers. In: Democratizing Forest Governance in India (eds. Lele, S. and A. Menon). Pp. 1-22. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
- Menon, A., V. Lobo and S. Lele. (2014). The Commons and Rural Livelihoods: Shifting dependencies and supra-local pressures. In: Democratizing Forest Governance in India (eds. Lele, S. and A. Menon). Pp. 376-401. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
- Jamwal, P., B.K. Thomas, S. Lele and V. Srinivasan. (2014).Addressing water stress through wastewater reuse: complexities and challenges in Bangalore, India.In: 5th Global Forum on Urban Resilience & Adaptation. Organised by ICLEI. Bonn. Germany. 29-31 May 2014.[pdf]
- Lele, S., Seema, P., Sham, K. (2013). Livelihood Strategies in Southern India; Conservation and Poverty Reduction in Forest Fringes, in Seema Purushothaman, Rosa Abraham(Eds),Village Commons, Livelihoods and Governance: An Assessment of Karnataka’s Experience, Springer New Delhi, Pp.135-156.[pdf]
- Lele, S. (2013). Environmentalisms, justices, and the limits of Ecosystems Services Frameworks, in T. Sikor (Ed.), The Justices and Injustices of Ecosystems Services, Earthscan/Routledge, Oxon, U.K., pp.119-139.[pdf]
- Lele, S. (2012). Economic incentives for forest management In: Deeper roots of historical injustice. (eds Anonymous). pp.101-124. Washington, D.C.: Rights and Resources Initiative.[pdf]
- Lele, S. (2011). Climate change and the Indian environmental movement, in N. Dubash (Ed.), A Handbook of Climate Change and India, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, pp.208-217.[pdf]
- Lele, S. (2011). Rethinking forest governance: Towards a perspective beyond JFM, the Godavarman case and FRA. In The Hindu Survey of the Environment 2011. (eds. Anonymous). Pp. 95– 103. Chennai: The Hindu. [pdf]
- Lele, S., Manoj Pattanaik and Nitin Rai. (2010). NTFPs in India: Rhetoric and reality. In: Wild Product Governance: Finding Policies that Work for Non-Timber Forest Products. (eds) Sarah A. Laird, Robert McLain and Rachel P. Wynberg. Earthscan, London, 2010, pp.85-112 [pdf]
- Lele, S., I. Patil, S. Badiger, A. Menon and R. Kumar. (2011). Forests, Hydrological Services, and Agricultural Income: A Case Study from Mysore district of the Western Ghats of India. In:Environmental Valuation in South Asia (eds. Haque, A. K. E., M. N. Murty and P. Shyamsundar). Pp. 141-169. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press.[pdf]
- Joy, K. J., A. Shah, S. Paranjape, S. Badiger and Lele, S. (2009). Re-visioning the Watershed Development Programme in India, in G. K. Kadekodi and B. Viswanathan (Eds.), Agricultural Development, Rural Institutions, and Economic Policy: Essays for A.Vaidyanathan, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, pp.152-175.[pdf]
- Gadgil, A. and Lele, S. (2009). India: Special Role and Responses. In: Climate Change Science and Policy. S. H. Schneider, A. Rosencranz, M. D. Mastrandrea and K. Kuntz-Duriseti (Eds). Island Press, Washington, D.C. 2010, pp.323-331. [pdf]
- Lele, S. (2009). Reflections on Interdisciplinarity in Environmental Economics in India. In: Handbook of Environmental Economics in India. Kanchan Chopra and Vikram Dayal (Eds), Oxford University Press, pp.305-325 [pdf]
- Joy, K.J., A. Shah, S. Paranjape, S.Badiger, and Lele, S. (2008). Reorienting the Watershed Development Programme in India; Approaches, Outcomes & Impact Assessment, in Sudha Menon and Pheba Anandan Pillai (Eds.), Watershed Management-Concepts and Experiences in (2008), ICFAI University Press, Hyderabad, pp. 27-55. [pdf]
- Lélé, S. (2007). Interdisciplinarity as a Three-way Conversation: Barriers and Possibilities, in Pranab Bardhan and Isha Ray (Eds.), The Contested Commons: Conversations between Economists and Anthropologists, pp.187-207, Blackwell, Oxford, U.K.[pdf]
- Lélé, S. (2007). Sustainability, in Roland Robertson and Jan Aart Scholte (eds.), Encyclopedia of Globalization, Vol 3, N to T, Routledge, London, pp.1102-1107. [pdf]
- Lele, S.,L. Venkatachalam. (2006). Assessing the Socio-economic Impact of Changes in Forest Cover on Watershed Services in J. Krishnaswamy, S. Lélé, and R. Jayakumar, (Eds.), 2006, Hydrology and Watershed Services in the Western Ghats of India: Effects of land use and land cover change, Tata McGraw Hill, New Delhi. [pdf]
- Lélé, S. (2004). Beyond state-community and bogus "joint"ness: Crafting institutional solutions for resource management, in Max Spoor (Ed.) Globalisation, Poverty and Conflict: A Critical "Development" Reader, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht and Boston, pp.283-303. [pdf]
- Sills, Erin O, Lele, S., Thomas P.Holmes and Subhrendu K.Pattanayak. (2003). Non-timber Forest Products in the Rural Household Economy, Sills and Abt (Eds.), Forests in a Market Economy, pp.259-281.[pdf]
- Lélé, S. (2003). Challenges in Doing Socially Relevant and Interdisciplinary NRM Research for Integrated Development, in P.S.Ramakrishnan, K.G. Saxena, Suprava Patnaik, and Surendra Singh, (Eds)., Methodological Issues in Mountain Research: A Socio Ecological Systems Approach, Oxford & IBH, New Delhi, pp.57-78. [pdf]
- Lélé, S. (2001). Sustainable use of biomass resources: Objectives, Criteria and Recipes, in A. K. Gupta (Ed.),Criteria and Indicators of Sustainability in Rural Development: A Natural Resource Perspective, Oxford & IBH, New Delhi, pp.94-108.[pdf]
- Lélé, S., V. Srinivasan, and K.S. Bawa. (2001). Returns to Investment in Conservation: Disaggregated Benefit-Cost Analysis of the Creation of a Wildlife Sanctuary, K.N. Ganeshaiah, R.U. Shaanker, and K.S. Bawa, (Eds). Proceedings of International Conference on Tropical Ecosystems: Structure, Diversity and Human Welfare, Oxford IBH Publishing, New Delhi, pp.31-33. [Abstract]
- Badrinarayanan, S., J. Krishnaswamy, Lele, S., and K. Chandrashekara. (2001). Consequences of Forest Conversion to Coffee Plantation on Litter Beetle and Ant Communities, in K.N. Ganeshaiah, R.U. Shaanker, and K.S. Bawa, (Eds.), Proceedings of International Conference on Tropical Ecosystems: Structure, Diversity and Human Welfare, Oxford-IBH Publishing, New Delhi, pp.162-163. [pdf]
- Bawa, K. S., S. Lélé, K. S. Murali and B. Ganesan. (1999). Extraction of non-timber forest products in Biligiri Rangan Hills, India: Monitoring a community-based project, in Anonymous (Ed.), Measuring Conservation Impact: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Project Monitoring and Evaluation, Biodiversity Support Program, World Wildlife Fund, Washington, D.C., pp.89-102. [pdf]
- Lélé, S. (1999). Institutional issues in (J)FM(& R),in Anonymous (Ed.), National Workshop on Joint Forest Management, VIKSAT, Gujarat Forest Department and Aga Khan Foundation, Ahmedabad, pp.19-29.[pdf]
- Parikh, A., Lele, S., A. S. Shrinidhi and R. J. Rao. (1999). Influence of Forest Rights Regimes on Sustainability and Returns from NTFP Harvest: The case of Garcinia gummi-gutta in the Western Ghats of India, paper presented at the National Workshop on JFM, VIKSAT-Ahmedabad, February 24-26, 1999.
- Lélé, S., M. Ramanathan, and G. Previshkumar. (1999). High-Resolution Vegetation Mapping for Forest Management in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, Proceedings of the Ninth User Interaction Workshop, National Remote Sensing Agency, Hyderabad, pp. 137-144.
- Lélé, S., K. S. Murali and K. S. Bawa. (1998). Community enterprise for conservation in India: Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Sanctuary, in A. Kothari, Neema Pathak, R. V. Anuradha and Bansuri Taneja (Eds), Communities and Conservation: Natural Resource Management in South & Central Asia, Sage Publications, New Delhi, pp.449-466. [pdf]
- Lélé S., R. J. Rao, Nanjundaiah and V. Muthaiah. (1996). Re-lighting LAMPS: A draft Action Plan for Revitalizing the Tribal Cooperatives in Karnataka, in R. Rajagopalan (Ed.), Rediscovering Cooperation , Institute of Rural Management, Anand, Gujarat, pp. 92-105. [pdf]
- Lele, S., and R. J. Rao. (1996). Whose Cooperatives and Whose Produce? The Case of LAMPS in Karnataka, in R. Rajagopalan (Ed.), Rediscovering Cooperation, Institute of Rural Management Anand, Gujarat, pp. 53-91.[pdf]
- Lélé, S. (1988). The Concept of Sustainability, In A. T. Charles and G. N. White III (Eds.), Natural Resources Modelling and Analysis: proceedings of a Conference held at St. Mary's University and the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Halifax, Canada, between Sep 29-Oct 2, 1988, pp.46-48. [pdf]
- Lele, S. and A. Menon (Eds.) (2014). Democratizing Forest Governance in India, Oxford University Press, New Delhi.
- Menon, A., P.Singh, E.Shah, Lele, S., S. Paranjape, and K.J. Joy. (2007). Community-Based Natural Resource Management: Issues and Cases from South Asia, Sage India. [pdf] [Doodha Toli case study]
- Krishnaswamy, J., Lele, S., and R. Jayakumar (Eds.) (2006). Hydrology and Watershed Services in the Western Ghats of India: Effects of land use and land cover change, Tata McGraw Hill, New Delhi. [pdf].
- Lélé, S., G. Kadekodi and B. Agrawal (Eds.) (2002). Interdisciplinarity in Environmental Research: Concepts, Barriers and Possibilities, Indian Society for Ecological Economics, New Delhi. For ordering, please mail to: [INSEE].
Technical Reports / Working Papers
- CFR-LA, 2016. Promise and Performance: Ten Years of the Forest Rights Act in India. Citizens’ Report on Promise and Performance of The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, after 10 years of its Enactment. December 2016. Produced as part of Community Forest Rights-Learning and Advocacy Process (CFRLA),India, 2016.( Anuja Date, Roshni Kutty, Sharad Lele and Arpitha Kodiveri of the Forest and Governance Programme at ATREE have contributed to this report)
- Expert's Committee Report on Rejuvenation of Bellandur Lake - Under the Chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary Sri Mahendra Jain, IAS. November 2016.[pdf]
- Devasenadhipathi, U., D. Biswas, V. Srinivasan and S. Lele. (2016). Patterns and drivers of household water consumption in Coimbatore, paper presented at Urbanization and the Environment: Eighth Biennial Conference of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics, Bangalore, on 4-6 January.
- Jamwal, P., S. Lele and M. Menon. (2016). Rethinking water quality standards in the context of urban rivers, paper presented at Urbanization and the Environment: Eighth Biennial Conference of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics,Bangalore, on 4-6 January.
- Kuttawa, P., S. Lele and G. V. Mendez. (2016). An analysis of the economic, institutional and social factors influencing decentralized urban wastewater reuse: Insights from Bengaluru, India, paper presented at Urbanization and the Environment: Eighth Biennial Conference of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics,Bangalore, on 4-6 January.
- Madhyastha, K., S. Sulagna, R. Dhavamani and S. Lele. (2016). Water Governance in Small Towns: A comparative study of small towns in the Noyyal Basin, Tamil Nadu and Arkavathy Basin, Karnataka, paper presented at Urbanization and the Environment: Eighth Biennial Conference of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics,Bangalore, on 4-6 January.
- Srinivasan, V., S. Lele, B. K. Thomas and P. Jamwal. (2016). The transition from water scarcity to water pollution in Thippagondanahalli Halli catchment, India, paper presented at Urbanization and the Environment: Eighth Biennial Conference of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics,Bangalore, on 4-6 January.
- Jamwal P., Mohammed. Idris, P. Raje. Urs & S. Lele. (2015) Rethinking framework for instream and effluent water quality in the context of urban wastewater reuse in agriculture In: national conference on National Conference on Challenges in Environmental Research, 04-06 June 2015, IIT Guwahati, Assam.
- Lele, S., R. Venkat Ramanujam, J. Rai. (2015). Co-operative procurement and marketing of tendu leaves in Madhya Pradesh: Image and reality. Environment and Development Discussion Paper No. 3. Bengaluru: Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment.[pdf]
- Jamwal, P., B.K. Thomas, S. Lele and V. Srinivasan. (2014).Addressing water stress through wastewater reuse: complexities and challenges in Bangalore, India. In:5th Global Forum on Urban Resilience & Adaptation. Organised by ICLEI. Bonn. Germany. 29-31 May 2014.[pdf]
- Srinivasan, V., D. Suresh Kumar, P. Chinnasamy, S. Sulagna, D. Sakthivel, P. Paramasivam, S. Lele. (2014). Water management in the Noyyal River: A situation analysis. Environment and Development Discussion Paper No.2.Bengaluru: Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment.[pdf]
- Lele, S., V. Srinivasan, P. Jamwal, B. K. Thomas, M. Eswar and T. Zuhail, Md. (2013). Water management in Arkavathy basin: A situation analysis. Environment & Development Discussion Paper No.1.Bengaluru: Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment. [pdf]
- Lele, S.,(co-author, as member of the Karnataka government-appointed Karnataka Elephant Task Force) Report of the Karnataka Elephant Task Force.Submitted to High Court of Karnataka, September 2012.
- Lele, S., and T. Jayaraman. (2011). Equity in the context of sustainable development, Note for UN-GSP, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India, New Delhi. [pdf]
- Lélé, S., I. Patil, S. Badiger, A. Menon and R. Kumar. (2008). The Economic Impact of Forest Hydrological Services on Local Communities: A Case Study from the Western Ghats of India, SANDEE Working Paper no. 36-08, South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics, Kathmandu.[pdf]
- Joy, K.J., A. Shah, S. Paranjape, S.Badiger, and Lele, S. (2005). Reorienting the Watershed Development Programme in India; Approaches, Outcomes & Impact Assessment, Occasional Paper, Society for Promoting Participative Ecosystem Management, Pune, Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad and Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Environment and Development, Bangalore. [pdf]
- Lélé, S., A.K.Kiran Kumar, and P. Shivashankar. (2005). Joint Forest Planning and Management (JFPM) in the Eastern Plains Region of Karnataka: A Rapid Assessment, Technical Report, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Environment and Development, Bangalore, September. [Full Report: ] [pdf]
- Lélé, S. (2004). Decentralising Governance of Natural Resources in India: A review, review paper submitted to UNDP Dryland Development Centre, Nairobi [pdf]
- Srinidhi, A. S. and Lele, S. (2001). Forest tenure regimes in the Karnataka Western Ghats: A compendium. Working Paper no. 90, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore. [pdf]
- Lele, S. (2001). The concept of Participatory Forest Management, its Rationale and Implications for Karnataka, Position Paper of Jana Aranya Vedike, Bangalore. [pdf]
- Lele, S. (1998). Godsend, Sleight of Hand, or Just Muddling Through: Joint Management in India, Paper presented "Crossing Boundaries: The Seventh Common Property Conference, held at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada on June 10-14th, 1998 (subsequently revised and published as "Godsend, Sleight of Hand, or Just Muddling Through: Joint Water and Forest Management in India", ODI Natural Resource Perspectives, No.53, Overseas Development Institute, London). [pdf]
- Lele, S. (1993). Sustainability: A plural, multi-dimensional approach, Working paper, Pacific Institute of Studies in Development, Environment & Security , November 1993. [ pdf]
- Lélé, S. (1993). Degradation, Sustainability, or Transformation: A case study of villagers' use of forest lands in the Malnaad region of Uttara Kannada district, India, CES Technical Report no. 27, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. [pdf]
- Sathaye, J. A., A. N. Ketoff, L. J. Schipper and Lele, S. (1988). An End use Approach to Development of Long term Energy Demand Scenarios for Developing Countries, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Tech. Rep. No. 25611.
Articles in Popular Press
- Kuttuwa, P., S. Lele. and Nakul H., Apartments struggle with 'manage your own sewage' rule, Citizen Matters, December 9 2016.[pdf]
- Lele, S., Kuttuva P. and Nakul H.,BWSSB’s wrong approach, Deccan Herald, December 6 2016.[pdf]
- Lele, S. and Nakul H., Changes in pollution board undermine accountability, Deccan Herald, June 16 2016.[pdf]
- Lele, S., Priyanka J. and Veena S.(2016). Managing our lakes and sewage. Deccan Herald 8th April. [pdf]
- Lele,S.,V. Srinivasan. (2016).Why we must have water budgets. The Hindhu 29th March. [pdf]
- Lele, S.,Janardhana K.(2016)."Water also needs a budget". Udayavani 22nd March.[pdf]
- Lele S. (2015). Water: A Quintessential Public Good That Needs Public Solutions, Fundamatics-Magazine of IITBAA. 10th December. [pdf]
- Lele,S.,Janardhana K. (2015). Thippagondanahalli Reservoir: What Next?.Prajavani 26th February. [pdf]
- Lele, S. (2013). Rejuvenating the river: the science-policy disconnect DNA. 15th March.[pdf]
- Lele, S. (2013). Buying our way out of environmental problems? Current Conservation 6(1): 9-13. [pdf]
- Lele, S. (2011). Rethinking forest governance: Towards a perspective beyond JFM, the Godavarman case and FRA. In: The Hindu Survey of the Environment 2011.[pdf]
- Lele, S. (2012). Colonial hangover persists, Down To Earth, June 16-30: 62-63.[pdf]
- Lele, S. (2012). Standalone Agency to Map Green Wealth, Economic Times, 12, 9. [pdf][URL]
- Lele, S. (2011). Why and how should we care? Teacher Plus, Sustainability Special. [pdf]
- Lele S. (2009). Right direction, but long way to go. Current Conservation, 2:6-7. [pdf]
- Lele S. (2009). Red-tape must go, but industry cannot decide what constitutes a high-quality environmental governance process,Business Standard, June 17. [pdf] URL:
- Lele, S., and A. Menon. (2005). Neo-liberal verbiage, DownTo Earth, p.53, January 15. [pdf]
- Lele, S. (2003). Karnatakadha Aranya Samasyegalu, Hosatu (Kannada Magazine), July issue.
- Lele, S. (2003). Participatory Forest Management in Karnataka: At the Crossroads, Community Forestry, Vol.2, Issue No. 4. [pdf]
- Darkness under LAMPS, Deccan Herald, May 18, 1996.[pdf]
- Sustainability, Environmentalism, and Science, Pacific Institute Report, 3(1): 1-2,5, (1994). [pdf]
Public talks (Webcasts/transcripts)
- Environmental governance in future India, Talk and discussion at : Alternative Futures: India A dialogue held on February 23-25th in Delhi as a pre-publication event for a forthcoming book on the subject, organised by Kalpavriksh, Centre for Study of Developing Societies, and SOPPECOM.
- The Paris Agreement on climate and implications for India, Girish Sant Memorial Annual Event, 2016
- WaterTalks with Sharad Lele, University of Waterloo
- Preparing for Paris: Panel 1-Understanding Development-Climate Linkages, Centre for Policy Research.
- Adaptation in a Developing Country Context: Multiple Stressors, Multiple Concerns Approach. Talk given at Climate Change TISS conference 2015, Mumbai, on 31st July 2015.
- Beyond Conservation: Environmentalism in a Growth-obsessed but Development-lagged Society. Talk given at 1st Prakash Gole Memorial Lecture on November 29 2014, Pune [URL][Abstract]
- Understanding sustainable development. Talk given at 10th WIPRO Partners' Forum on Education, Bangalore
- Interdisciplinarity in environmental research: Insights from 25 years of crossing boundaries. Talk given at Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, on 2nd August 2010
- 5 million litres of waste water chokes Vrishabhavathi river every day. Times of India, 27 January 2017.
- Danger of Eucalyptus plantation on Groundwater. Prajavani, 27 October 2016.
- ನೀಲಗಿರಿ, ನೀರಾವರಿ ಬೆಳೆ ಬದಲಾವಣೆ ಅಗತ್ಯ. Vijaya Karnataka, October 22 2016.
- Arkavathy: A river that is about to disappear, The Hindu, August 12 2016
- Dip in groundwater, eucalyptus dried up Arkavathy, DHNS, August 11 2016
- Govt ignored bellandur warning for 8 yrs, Jul 7, 2016, Bangalore Mirror Bureau
- Decline in the water level because of Eucalyptus - Prajavani 18th April 2016. [pdf].