Runa Sarkar is Dean (Academic) and a Professor with the Economics Group at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta and a member of the committee for the Centre for Development and Environment Policy. Prior to this, she taught at IIT Kanpur. A chemical engineer from BITS Pilani, Runa pursued her Masters in environmental engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.
After spending five years as an environmental consultant in a subsidiary of Tata Steel, Runa completed her doctoral studies from IIM Calcutta.
Her interests lie in sustainable development where business interests are in consonance with environmental and social interests. Runa has a penchant for multidisciplinary research and has also been involved in the application of social informatics in the agricultural domain. She has been working in the field of corporate environmental behaviour for over two decades, and has published widely in this area.
She is the chairperson of CTran Consulting Services, a leading climate change consulting business in India and on the board of the Basix Social Enterprise Group, Basix Consulting and Technology Services and the IIM Calcutta Innovation Park. Runa has been a sustainability assessor for CII.
In addition to authoring several journal and conference papers, Prof. Sarkar has been one of the co-editors of the India Infrastructure Report (IIR) 2010 on Infrastructure Development in a Low Carbon Economy and IIR 2009 on Land – A Critical Resource for Infrastructure, published by the 3i network. She, along with Prof. Anup Sinha of IIM Calcutta, is the co-author of a book titled Another Development: Participation, Empowerment and Well-being, published by Routledge in early 2015, and Economics of Sustainable Development, published by Business Expert Press in 2017. Another book, titled Environment, Business, Institutions was published by Oxford in April 2017, followed by an edited book (jointly edited with Prof. Annapurna Shaw) titled Essays on Sustainability and Management: Emerging Perspectives published by Springer in June 2017.