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Rishabh Mahendra

Company: University of Missouri

Position: PhD candidate/Graduate Research Assistant

Expert Overview

Rishabh is pursuing a Ph.D. in agricultural and applied economics at the Division of Applied Social Sciences, College for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources of the University of Missouri-Columbia. The focus of his Ph.D. will be on conservation and restoration of ecosystems using mixed methods. He is a student board member of the Student Affairs’ Assessment Board at the University of Missouri and the President of Universities Fighting World Hunger-Mizzou. Prior to starting his PhD, he was a Copy Editor and the Hindi Lead in the Editorial Team of Ideas for India. In the past, he has also worked as a Young Professional in the Monitoring & Evaluation Unit of the Planning Department, Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi. He has worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, and at Madras School of Economics, Chennai. He holds an integrated M.Sc. degree in economics with a specialization in environmental economics from Madras School of Economics and Central University of Tamil Nadu. He has a keen interest in the fields of environmental economics including ecosystem services valuation techniques, collective action, the economics of cooperatives, climate change impact assessments, politics, and other developmental sectors in general.







PhD in Agricultural and Applied Economics (focus area – environment & development economics)—Division of Applied Social Sciences, College of Food, Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Missouri-Columbia—2025 (expected)

M. Sc. Economics (Specialization - Environmental Economics) — Central University of Tamil Nadu (3 years) + Madras School of Economics (2 years) — 2017


• Graduate Assistant (part time – during breaks) – (17th June 2021 - present) – Division of Applied Social Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia (DASS, UMC) – For Prof. Michael L. Cook

• Graduate Research Assistant – (1st January 2021 - present) – DASS, UMC – For Prof. Harvey James

• Copy Editor – Economics Editing & Hindi Lead – Ideas for India (blog), International Growth Centre’s India Programme – (19th August 2019 – 31st May 2021)

• Young Professional – Monitoring & Evaluation Branch, Planning Department, Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi – (1st January 2019 – 18th August 2019)

• Research Assistant - IIT Roorkee, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences – (16th April 2018 –13th September 2018)

• Research Assistant – Madras School of Economics – (8th May 2017-31st December 2017)

• Summer Intern – CEPPF (Asian Development Research Institute) – May & June, 2016

• Summer Intern – Madras Institute of Development Studies – May & June 2014

• Data Enumerator – Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras — April, 2015

• Data Enumerator – Tamil Nadu Migration Survey - Center for Development Studies, Trivandrum — June, 2015