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Susmita Dasgupta is a Lead Environmental Economist in the Environment and Energy Team of the Development Research Group with a specialization in empirical research. Her research focus is 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.


Recent Research


Climate Change



Indoor Air Pollution

  • Air Quality

  • Determinants of Indoor Air Pollution

  • Potential Mitigation Measures











  • Economic Dynamics of Forest Clearing

  • Threats to Habitats of Vulnerable Biological Diversity

  • Protected Areas











  • Pesticide Use in Developing Countries

  • Health Externalities of Pesticides and Persistent Organic Pollutants

  • Cleanup Priorities of Stockpiles of Obsolete Pesticides