Publications

Research Publications

  1. Buisson, M-C., Balasubramanya, S., Stifel, D. 2021. Electric pumps, groundwater, agriculture and water buyers: evidence from West Bengal. Journal of Development Studies. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2021.1906862
  2. Horbulyk, T., Kafle, Balasubramanya, S. Community response to the provision of alternative water supplies: a focus on chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology in rural Sri Lanka. Water International, 46, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02508060.2020.1868124
  3. Balasubramanya, S., Stifel, D. 2020. Viewpoint: Water, agriculture and poverty in an era of climate change: why do we know so little? Food Policy, 93. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2020.101905
  4. Balasubramanya, S., Stifel, D., Horbulyk, T., Kafle. 2020. Chronic kidney disease and household behaviors in Sri Lanla: Historical choices of drinking water and agrochemical use. Economics and Human Biology, 37, 100862, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ehb.2020.100862
  5. Kafle, K., Balasubramanya, S., Horbulyk, T. 2019. Prevalence of chronic kidney disease in Sri Lanka: A profile of affected districts reliant on groundwater. Science of the Total Environment, 694, pp. 133767. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.133767
  6. Balasubramanya, S. 2019. Effects of training duration and the role of gender on farm participation in water user associations in Southern Tajikistan: Implications for irrigation management. Agricultural Water Management, 216, pp. 1-11. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agwat.2019.01.019
  7. Clement, F., Buisson, M.C., Leder, S., Balasubramanya, S., Saikia, P., Bastakoti, R., Karki, E., van Koppen, B. 2019. Does women’s empowerment lead to enhanced food security? Revisiting dominant food and water security discourses. Global Food Security, 23, 160-172. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gfs.2019.05.003
  8. Buisson, M.C, Balasubramanya, S. 2018. The effect of water governance and agronomic training on crop choice in Tajikistan.  Land Use Policy, 81, pp. 175-184. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.10.037
  9. Balasubramanya, S., Price, J., Horbulyk, T. 2017. Impact assessments without true baselines: assessing the relative effects of training on the performance of water user associations in Southern Tajikistan. Water Economics and Policy, 4(3), pp. 1850007. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1142/S2382624X18500078.
  10. Balasubramanya, S., Horbulyk, T. 2017. Groundwater arsenic in Bangladesh: what’s new for policy research? Water Policy, 20(3), pp. 461-474. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2166/wp.2017.041
  11. Balasubramanya, S., Evans, B., Hardy, R., Ahmed, R., Habib, A., Asad, N. S. M.,, Rahman, M., Hasan, M., Dey, D., Camargo-Valero, M., Fletcher, L., Rao, K.C., Fernando, S. (2017). Towards sustainable sanitation management: establishing the costs and willingness to pay for emptying and transporting sludge in rural districts with high rates of access to latrines. PLOS ONE, 12(3), pp. e0171735. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0171735 .
  12. Balasubramanya, S., Evans, B., Ahmed, R., Habib, A., Asad, N. S. M, Rahman, M., Hasan, M., Dey, D., Camargo-Valero, M., Rao, K.C., Fernando, S. (2016). Take it away: the need for designing fecal sludge disposal services for single-pit. Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 7(1), pp. 121-128. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2166/washdev.2017.073 .
  13. Balasubramanya, S., Evans, B., Ahmed, R., Habib, A., Asad, N. S. M., Vuong, L., Rahman, M., Hasan, M., Dey, D., Camargo-Valero, M. (2016). Pump it up: making single-pit emptying safer in rural Bangladesh. Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 6 (3), pp.456-464. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2166/washdev.2016.049 .
  14. Balasubramanya, S., Pfaff, A., Bennear, L., Tarozzi, A., Ahmed, K.M., van Geen, A. (2014). Evolution of households’ responses to the groundwater arsenic crisis in Bangladesh: information on environmental health risks can have increasing behavioral impact over time. Environment and Development Economics, 19(5), pp. 631-647. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1355770X13000612 .
  15. Balasubramanya, S., Giordano, M., Wichelns, D., Sherpa, S. (2014). Sharing hydropower revenues in Nepal, over time and across districts and regions. Water Resources and Rural Development, 4, pp.104-111. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wrr.2014.10.007.
  16. Bennear, L., Tarozzi, A., Pfaff, A., Balasubramanya, S., Ahmed, K.M., van Geen, A. (2013). Impact of a randomized controlled trial in arsenic risk communication on household water source choices in Bangladesh. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 65(2), pp. 225-240. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeem.2012.07.006.
  17. Balasubramanya, S., Wichelns, D. (2012). Economic Incentives can enhance policy efforts to improve water quality in Asia. International Journal of Water Resources Development, 28(2), pp. 217-231. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/07900627.2012.668644

Peer-reviewed reports

  1. Kafle, K., Balasubramanya, S. 2021. Can past experiences influence current irrigation behaviors? Evidence from Jordan. Forthcoming in IFAD Working Paper Series.
  2. Pavelic, P.; Senaratna Sellamuttu, S.; Johnston, R.; McCartney, M.; Sotoukee, T.; Balasubramanya, S.; Suhardiman, D., Lacombe, G.; Douangsavanh, S.; Joffre, O.; Latt, K.; Zan, A. K.; Thein, K.; Myint, A.; Cho, C.; Htut, Y. T. 2015. Intergrated assessment of groundwater use for mproving livelihoods in the dry zone of Myanmar. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI) 47p. (IWMI Research Report 164). Available at: Integrated assessment of groundwater use for improving livelihoods in the dry zone of Myanmar.

Government and Donor Commissioned Technical Reports

  1. Balasubramanya, S., Stifel, D., Kafle, K., Ahmed, A. 2020. Commercial farms and water scarcity in Jordan: informing drought response strategies. Prepared for the United States Agency for International Development, USAID Grant Number 7200ME18IO00001. .
  2. Balasubramanya, S., Stifel, D. Kafle, K. 2019. Increasing Irrigation Efficiency in Jordan: Demand and Supply Side Constraints and Opportunities. Prepared for USAID-funded program “Water Innovations Technologies (WIT)” under Cooperative Agreement#AID-278-A-17-00002, CFDA # 98.001
  3. Horbulyk, T., Balasubramanya, S. 2018. Impact of Water Users Associations on Water and Land Productivity, Equity and Food Security in Tajikistan. Final Report Volume II: Technical Appendices. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute. Prepared for the United States Agency for International Development, USAID Grant Number AID-BFS-G-11-00002.  Available at: Feed the Future Tajikistan Water User Associations Impact Evaluation – Final Report Volume II
  4. Horbulyk, T., Balasubramanya, S. 2018. Impact of Water Users Associations on Water and Land Productivity, Equity and Food Security in Tajikistan. Final Report: Volume I. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute. Prepared for the United States Agency for International Development, USAID Grant Number AID-BFS-G-11-00002.  Available at: Feed the Future Tajikistan Water User Associations Impact Evaluation – Final Report Volume I
  5. Balasubramanya, S., Wiberg, D., Chemin, Y. 2018. Open-source mobile weather stations: reducing flood damages and increasing preparedness of communities. Prepared for the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery—World Bank. Evaluation of project available at: https://www.gfdrr.org/sites/default/files/publication/Remote-Weather-Station-Evaluation-CF.pdf
  6. Buisson, M.C., MacDonald, K., Saikia, P., Balasubramanya, S., Aslamy, S., Horbulyk, T. (2016). Impact of Water Users Associations on Water and Land Productivity, Equity and Food Security in Tajikistan. Mid-term Technical Report. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute. Prepared for the United States Agency for International Development, USAID Grant Number AID-BFS-G-11-00002. Available at: Feed the Future Tajikistan Water User Associations Impact Evaluation – Midterm Report and Annexes
  7. Balasubramanya, S., Buisson, M.C., Saikia, P., MacDonald, K., Aslamy, S., Horbulyk, T., Hannah, C., Yakubov, M., Platonov, A. (2016). Impact of water-user associations on water and land productivity, equity, and food security in Tajikistan. Baseline Technical Report. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute. Prepared for the United States Agency for International Development, USAID Grant Number AID-BFS-G-11-00002. Available at: Feed the Future Tajikistan Water User Associations Impact Evaluation – Baseline Report
  8. Evans, B., Fletcher, L. A., Camargo-Valero, M. A., Balasubramanya, S., Rao, K. C., Fernando, S., Ahmed, R., Habib, M. A., Asad, N. S. M., Rahman, M. M., Kabir, K. B., Emon, M. H. (2015). Value at the end of the Sanitation Value-Chain: Final Report. IRC and University of Leeds. Prepared for the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Bangladesh. Available from: ircwash.org/resources/vesv-value-end-sanitationvalue-chain-final-report .
  9. Balasubramanya, S., Buisson, M.C. 2014. Impact of Water Users Associations on Water and Land Productivity, Equity and Food Security in Tajikistan: Impact evaluation protocol. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute.
  10. McCartney, M; Pavelic, P; Lacombe, G; Latt, K; Zan, A.K; Thein, K; Douangsavanh, S; Balasubramanya, S.; Ameer, R; Myint, A; Johnston, R; Sotoukee, T. 2013. Water resource assessment of the dry zone of Myanmar. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI) 52p. Prepared for Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund. http://publications.iwmi.org/pdf/H046133.pdf
  11. Sellamuttu, S.; Joffre,O; Suhardiman, D; Balasubramanya, S; Pavelic, P; Thaung Htut, U Ye; McCartney, M; Johnston, R. 2013. A community level assessment of water availability, access, management and institutional arrangements in the dry zone of Myanmar. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI) 74p. Prepared for Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund. http://publications.iwmi.org/pdf/H046134.pdf
  12. Johnston,R., Rajah A., Balasubramanya, S., Senaratna Sellamuttu, S., McCartney, M., Pavelic, P., Douangsavanh, S, Lacombe, G., Sotoukee, T., Suhardiman, D., Latt, K., Myint, A., Zan, A.K., Joffre, O., Htut, Y.T. 2015. Improving water management in Myanmar’s Dry Zone for food security, livelihoods and health. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI) 52p. Prepared for Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund. Available at: Improving water management in Myanmar’s dry zone for food security, livelihoods and health.
  13. Wichelns, D; Ahmed, F; Balasubramanya, S. 2012. Institutional sustainability of smallholder water systems for productive use in the Ethiopian Rift Valley. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Oxfam America 44p. Prepared for Oxfam America. http://www.oxfamamerica.org/static/media/files/institutional-sustainability-of-smallholder-water-systems-for-productive-use-oxfam-evaluation.pdf

Other Technical Reports

  1. Buisson, M.C., Maitra, S., Saikia, P., Balasubramanya, S. Community water management for improved food security, nutrition and livelihoods in the polders of the coastal zone of Bangladesh. Socioeconomic analysis and impact assessment: Final report. WLE, IWMI. January 2017.
  2.  Buisson, M.C., Mitra, A., Saikia, P., Balasubramanya, S. Community water management for improved food security, nutrition and livelihoods in the polders of the coastal zone of Bangladesh. Socioeconomic analysis and impact assessment: Baseline report. WLE, IWMI. December 2015.
  3. Buisson, M.C., Mitra, A., Saikia, P., Balasubramanya, S. Community water management for improved food security, nutrition and livelihoods in the polders of the coastal zone of Bangladesh. Socioeconomic analysis and impact assessment: Research design. WLE, IWMI. April 2015.
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