- Postdoctoral Research Associate, Decision Center for a Desert City
Mohan is interested in the links between public policy, globalization processes, land use practices, and human development outcomes. His research draws on theories of social vulnerability, risk and hazards, and the effects of liberalized commodity and financial flows. Methodological interests include poverty and vulnerability mapping, as well as using spatial analytical tools for geographically targeted development. Mohan's research has a geographical focus on rainfed farming areas of the semi-arid Deccan plateau, where resource degradation, indebtedness, unemployment, and malnutrition are at crisis levels. The increasing inter-regional inequality suggests that while some areas have benefited from economic liberalization, many others have not. He is interested in the social and environmental causes and consequences of such uneven development, and in effective public interventions to achieve poverty reduction. Mohan is currently developing a spatial model, using a Geographical Information System and a range of biophysical and socio-economic data, to specify the location and extent of vulnerability to climate change, and to determine its correlates in Karnataka. Further research work will focus on smaller areas and use fine-scaled data. This work is expected to have a strong public policy engagement directed towards the sustainability of marginal areas.
Bolin, B., M. Seetharam and B. J. Pompeii. 2010. Water resources, climate change, and urban vulnerability: A case study of Phoenix, Arizona. Local Environment 15(3):261-279. (link )
Wutich, A. Y., B. Crona, M. Seetharam, P. Gober, P. K. Westerhoff, Z. Hasan and S. Avent. 2009. Ethnohydrology: A mixed method study of local water knowledge. Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at 11th Annual Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) Poster Symposium, Tempe, AZ. January 15, 2009.
Avent, S., A. Y. Wutich, B. Crona, P. Gober, M. Seetharam and P. K. Westerhoff. 2008. An ethnohydrologic evaluation of water quality in Phoenix, AZ. Poster presented at 10 January 2008 CAP LTER 10th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )
Seetharam, M., B. Bolin, B. J. Pompeii and P. Gober. 2008. Water resources, climate changes and institutional vulnerability: A case study of Phoenix, Arizona. Poster presented 10 January 2008 at the CAP LTER 10th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )
Bolin, B., M. Seetharam, P. Gober and B. J. Pompeii. 2008. Water resources, climate change and institutional vulnerability: A case study of Phoenix, Arizona. Paper presented April 18, 2008 at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, MA.