Surender Kumar is a Professor of Economics at the Department of Business Economics, University of Delhi, New Delhi. He is also a Visiting Professor of Environmental Economics at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. His previous stint involved the position of Professor of Economics at the Department of Policy Studies, TERI University, New Delhi and Fellow at NIPFP, New Delhi. He had been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) and Senior JSPS Fellow at the Yokohama National University Yokohama (Japan).
Prof Kumar has been working with a concentrated focus on environmental & resource economics and Climate Change & Energy Economics. He also extends his ambit of research to Productivity and Efficiency measurement and Applied Econometrics.
Prof Kumar authored four books: Environmental and Economic Accounting for Industry (Oxford University Press, New Delhi 2004), and Economics of Sustainable Development: the Case of India (Springer, New York 2009), Energy Prices and Induced Innovations (VDM Publishers 2010), and Economics of Air Pollution (VDM Publishers 2011). He has published about 50 papers in cherished journals like Ecological Economics, Economic Modelling, Environmental and Resource Economics, Environment and Development Economics, Resource and Energy Economics, Energy Economics, Journal of Asian Economics, Journal of Environmental Management, Water Policy, Journal of Energy and Development, Low Carbon Economy etc.
Prof Kumar’s is one of the lead authors for IPCC AR5, Working Group II. He was the lead author of the commissioned study of Ministry of Finance ‘Central Government Subsidies in India’ which formed the basis of the Discussion Paper that was presented by the Ministry of Finance to the Parliament on December 23, 2004. His work has a social face with policy implications. His work in the area of environmental economics has not been confined only to showing that the use of economic instrument is cost effective policy for environmental compliance, but extends to providing a theoretical rationale for a practicable tax-standard framework.
At University of Delhi and JNU, he teaches courses in Environmental Economics, Climate Change Economics, Economic Analysis of Public Policy, and Advanced Econometrics