Dr Amarendra Das works as an Assistant Professor in the Analytical and Applied Economics Department of Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. He is currently on deputation to the Fourteenth Finance Commission of India as Deputy Director. Dr Das obtained his PhD from the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, under Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, in 2012. He received the Global Development Award, sponsored by the Global Development Network, in 2008. His research and teaching interests lie in natural resource management, environmental economics and public economics. He has published several research papers in various national and international journals and books in the field of natural resource management.