Kavya Michael

External Consultant | kmichael at iihs dot ac dot in

2016    PhD, Economics, School of Economics, University of Hyderabad
2008    MA, Economics, School of Economics, University of Hyderabad
2006    BA, Economics, K.E. College, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam


Countries: India
States: Kerala
Cities: Kottayam
Languages: English, Malayalam

Kavya Michael received her PhD in Economics from the School of Economics, University of Hyderabad, India. She is a recipient of the International Development Research Centre’s Climate Leadership Fellowship, and has also been a visiting Research Fellow at the Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Her research interests are in human ecology and political economy of the environment. Kavya’s dissertation frames climate change as a classic political economy problem centered on the question ‘to whom’, or in other words ‘who gains and loses as climate change unfolds.’ The first part of  her thesis examined access to carbon space and resilience within different social classes in India. As a part of her dissertation she has also conducted a primary field study in Wayanad District in the state of Kerala among its tribal communities. The case study depicted the vicious circle relationship between inequality and environmental degradation blocking pathways for climate resilient development.


At IIHS, she worked on the urban research component  of the Adaptation at Scale project that examines how the effects of climate change, filtered through the existing socio-economic-political-cultural dynamics, are experienced by the most marginalised groups in Bangalore city and its peripheries. She is passionate about bringing research to practice  and champions the rights of a clean and safe environment for all. She is  a member of  ‘Initiative for Inequality’, a global network of community members and advocates who are working on equity related issues. She loves cinema and enjoys travelling.

Previous Teaching Experience

2009-2010 Lecturer,Department of Economics, B.K.College, Amalagiri, Mahatma Gandhi University
  • Michael, K., (2017, February). The political economy of climate change in India. Paper presented at the Ecological Challenges 2017, University of Oslo, Norway.
  • Michael, K., & Vakulabharanam, V. (2014). A Climate Injustice Model for India. Paper presented at the Norwich Earth System Governance Conference 2014: Access and Allocation in the Anthropocene held in University of East Anglia UK.
  • Michael, K., & Vakulabharanam, V. (2012). Class Inequality and Climate Change Dynamics in India. Paper presented at the Plant Under Pressure Conference held at Excel Convention Centre, London, UK.