Prof. R. Maria Saleth, Visiting Professor

Prof. R. Maria Saleth

Honorary Professor

Agricultural Economics, Resource and Environmental Economics, Institutional Economics, Rural Development, Water Resource Management, Impact Assessment
B.A., Economics, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, India. M.A., Economics, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, India M.Phil, International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Ph.D. Agricultural Economics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

Brief Profile

Personal Information

Born February 5, 1955, in Royappan Patti, Tamil Nadu, India; son of Senapathi (a farmer) and Philominal (a farmer) Rathinasamy; married Mary Stella Chinnappan (a homemaker), June 27, 1990; children: Joel Rathinam. Ethnicity: “Indian.”


  • Madurai Kamaraj University, M.A., 1979;
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, M.Phil., 1981;
  • University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D., 1989.
  • Religion: Roman Catholic.
  • Hobbies and other interests: Reading, photography, trekking.
  • ADDRESSES: Home—Appadurai House, Royappan Patti, Tamil Nadu 625526,India.


  • Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, India, associate professor of agricultural economics, 1992-2000;
  • Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India, professor of ecological economics, 2000-02;
  • International Water Management Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka, senior institutional economist in Pelawatta, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka, 2002;
  • World Bank, visiting research fellow in Washington, DC, 1998;
  • University of South Australia, adjunct professor, 2003;
  • International Water Resources Association, Indian Society of Agricultural Economics (life member),Indian Social Sciences Association (life member).


Water Institutions in India: Economics, Law, and Policy, Commonwealth Publishers (New Delhi, India), 1996. Strategic Linkages in Rural Diversification: EmpiricalAnalysis and Policy Issues, Commonwealth Publishers (New Delhi, India), 1999. (Editor) Water Resources and Economic Development, Edward Elgar (Cheltenham, England), 2002. Author or coauthor of technical papers for World Bank. Contributor to professional journals, including Land Economics, Journal of Quantitative Economics, Journal of the Indian School of Political Economy, Indian Economic Review, Energy and Environment Monitor, Indian Journal of Labour Economics, and Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics. Associate editor, Water Policy, 1998—, and Water Resources Research, 2002—; managing editor, Journal of Social and Economic Development, 2000-02.

Awards & Recognitions

National overseas scholarship, Indian Ministry of Home Affairs, 1984; award from outstanding paper competition, American Water Resources Association and University Council on Water Resources, 1988, for a paper on water markets under bargaining conditions; Distinction in Engineering Technology Award, Indian Central Board of Irrigation and Power, 1991, for a paper on “operationalizing sustainability”; D. K. Desai Award, Indian Society of Agricultural Economists, 1998, for a paper on agricultural diversification.

Other Information

WORK IN PROGRESS: Water Institutions and Sector Performance: Towards a Quantitative Analysis; research on subjective theory of institutional change and on mapping the institutional matrices in Reiver Basin context.