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Prof. Rama Mohana R Turaga

Public Systems Group

Educational Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Public Policy, font:16px open sans Institute of Technology, Atlanta, 2007
  • M.Tech. in Environmental Engineering, IIT, Kharagpur, 1995
  • B.E. in Civil Engineering, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, 1993

Academic Affiliation

  • Associate Professor, IIM Ahmedabad (Jan 2015 - Present)
  • Assitant Professor, IIM Ahmedabad (Jun 2012 - Dec 2014)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, IIM Ahmedabad (Jun 2010 - May 2012)
  • Research Associate, Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA (Feb 2008 - Jun 2010)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, font:16px open sans Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA (May 2007 - Jan 2008)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, font:16px open sans Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA (Aug 2001 - Apr 2006)

Professional Affiliation

  • Tata Consultancy Services, India (Business Analyst, Dec 1995 - Aug 2001)
  • Member, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Washington, D.C.
  • Member, Society for Risk Analysis
  • Member, International Society for Ecological Economics



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Area of Research:

  • Public Policy Analysis and Management
  • Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Corporate Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Pro-environmental Behavior

Current Research:

  • Extended Producer Responsibility as an Instrument for Electronic Waste Management: A Critical Analysis of India's e-waste Rules (with Kalyan Bhaskar)
  • Environmental Values Scale (with Richard Howarth and Mark Borsuk)
  • Information and pro-environmental behavior (with Mark Borsuk)


Refereed Journal Publications:

  • Nalini, B., Turaga, R.M.R., & Bhamoriya. V. (2018). Farmer Producer Organizations as Collectives: A Case Study. Development Policy Review, 36(6), 669-687
  • Kalyan, B., & Turaga, R.M.R. (2018). India's e-waste Rules and their Impact on e-waste Managment Practices: A Case Study. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 22(4), 930-942
  • Turaga, R.M.R. (2016). The Politics of Formulation of Environmental Impact Assessment Regulation in India: A Case Study. Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, 18(2), 1650016 (Absrtact)
  • Turaga, R.M.R., Noonan, D., & Bostrom, A. (2015). Spatially Fine Regulation of Air Toxics. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 34(2), 298-327 (Abstract)
  • Turaga, R.M.R., Howarth, R., & Borsuk, M. (2014). Perceptions of Mercury Risk and its Management. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, 20(5), 1385-1405
  • Turaga, R.M.R., Noonan, D., & Bostrom, A. (2011).  Hot Spots Regulation and Environmental Justice. Ecological Economics, 70(7), 1395-1405
  • Turaga, R.M.R., Howarth, R., & Borsuk, M. (2010). Pro-environmental Behavior: Rational Choice Meets Moral Motivation. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1185(2010), 211-224
  • Noonan, D., Turaga, R.M.R., & Baden, B. (2009). Superfund, Hedonics, and the Scales of Environmental Justice. Environmental Management, 44(5), 909-920
  • Baden, B., Noonan, D., & Turaga, R.M.R. (2007). Scales of Justice: Is there a Geographic Bias in Environmental Equity Analysis? Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 50(2), 163-185
  • Bostrom, A., Barke, R., Turaga, R.M.R., & O'Connor, R. (2006). Environmental Concerns and the ‘New Environmental Paradigm' in Bulgaria. Journal of Environmental Education, 37(3), 25-40
  • Bostrom, A., Turaga, R.M.R., & Ponomariov, B. (2006). Earthquake Mitigation Decisions and Consequences. Earthquake Spectra, 22(2), 313-328
  • Turaga, R.M.R. & Bozeman, B. (2005). Red Tape and Public Organizations' Decision Making. American Review of Public Administration, 35(4), 363-379
  • Turaga, U.T. & Turaga, R.M. (2004). Science Policy for India: A Memo to the Indian Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Philosophy Today, 48(5), 109-115
  • D. Nagesh Kumar, T. Rama Mohana Rao, & M. Bandyopadhyay. (1998). Optimal Design of Water Distribution System using Linear Programming Gradient (LPG) Method. Journal of Indian Water Works Association, Vol. XXX, 79-87


Book Chapters:

  • Kathuria, V. & Turaga, R.M.R. (Forthcoming). Small Industry in India: Are CETPs an Appropriate Response toward Pollution Control? In "Globalization and Standards: How Have Firms and Consumers Responded in India?" Ed. Keshab Das, New Delhi: Springer


Other Papers:

  • Turaga, R.M.R. & Kandathil, G. (2014). Defining the Social Responsibility of  Business: Whose Business is it? Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLIX, No. 7,  February 15, 2014


Select Conference Presentations:
  • "Individual Responsibility and its Influence on Sustainable Behaviors: An Experimental Study in the Context of Mercury-reducing Actions." Paper presented (co-authored with Richard Howarth and Mark Borsuk) at the Sixth Beinnial Conference of the United States Society for Ecological Economics, East Lansing, MI, 26-29 Jun 2011
  • "Environmental Risk Indicators to Motivate Environmentally Responsible Behavior." Poster presented (co-authored with Mark Borsuk) at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, Baltimore, MD, 6-9 Dec 2009
  • "Designing Environmental Risk Indicators to Motivate Sustainable Behavior." Presented (co-authored with Mark Borsuk) at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, Boston, MA, 7-10 Dec 2008
  • "Hot Spots Regulation and Environmental Justice." Presented at the Thirtieth Annual APPAM Fall Research Conference, Los Angeles, 6-8 Nov 2008
  • "Spatial Resolution and Equity in Risk-based Regulation." Presented (co-authored with Douglas Noonan and Ann Bostrom) at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, San Antonio, TX, 9-12 Dec 2007
  • "Spatial Resolution, Costs, and Equity in Air Toxics Regulation." Poster presented at the Twenty-Ninth Annual APPAM Research Conference, Washington, D.C., 8-10 Nov 2007
  • "The Partnership for Environmental Research and Community Health (PERCH) Phase III, Part 1: Community-scale risk assessment in greater Pensacola, Florida." Presented (co-authored with Ryan Gesser, Michael Chang, Ted Russell, and Ann Bostrom) at the 14th Joint Conference on the Applications of Air Pollution Meteorology with the Air and Waste Management Assoc., The 86th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, Atlanta, GA, 28 Jan – 3 Feb 2006



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Awards & Honors


  • Finalist, Dr. Alfred N. and Lynn Manos Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula, awarded by the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina for innovative course design of the MBA course Managing Sustainability (worldwide competition), 2014
  • Outstanding Ph.D. Student, School of Public Policy, font:16px open sans Tech, 2007-2008
  • Dean's Fellowship for Dissertation Support, Ivan Allen College and School of Public Policy, font:16px open sans Tech (department-wide competitive award), 2006-2007
  • Student Travel Award, Society for Risk Analysis (competitive award), 2006
  • Air and Waste Management Association (font:16px open sans Chapter) Research Scholarship (state-wide competitive award), 2006
  • Kancharaddy Memorial Award for best paper, Journal of Indian Water Works Association, 1998
  • Indian Institutes of Technology Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering Scholarship, 1993-1995
  • Outstanding academic performance recognized by nomination to Andhra University's Academic Senate, 1992



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