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Dr. Anu Susan Sam

Dr. Anu Susan Sam
Assistant Professor (Agricultural Economics)
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Dr. Anu Susan Sam obtained her Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Economics from Humboldt University Berlin, Germany with German Academic Exchange Scholarship (DAAD). She completed her International Master’s in Rural Development (IMRD) from Gent University, with Erasmus Mundus Scholarship from European Union. She did her MSc degree in Agricultural Economics at Indian Agriculture Research Institute, New Delhi (Junior Research Fellowship from ICAR) and MPhil in Business studies from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala. Her main research focus is on Climate Change, vulnerability and adaptation studies, food security and rural development.


Journal publications                       

Sam, Anu. Susan., Kumar, R., Kächele, H., & Müller, K. (2017). Quantifying household vulnerability triggered by drought: evidence from rural India. Climate and Development, 9(7), 618-633. https://doi.org/10.1080/17565529.2016.1193461. (Impact factor: 2.402).

Sam, Anu. Susan., Kumar, R., Kächele, H., & Müller, K. (2017). Vulnerabilities to flood hazards among rural households in India. Natural Hazards, 88(2), 1133-1153. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-017-2911-6. (Impact factor: 2.3193).

Sam, Anu. Susan., Abbas, A., Surendran Padmaja, S., Kächele, H., Kumar, R., & Müller, K. (2018). Linking Food Security with Household’s Adaptive Capacity and Drought Risk: Implications for Sustainable Rural Development. Social Indicators Researches. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-018-1925-0. (Impact factor: 1.7034).

Sam, Anu Susan, Subash Surendran Padmaja, Harald Kächele, Ranjit Kumar, and Klaus Müller. (2020). Climate Change, Drought and Rural Communities: Understanding People’s Perceptions and Adaptations in Rural Eastern India. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 44: 101436. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2019.101436. (Impact factor: 2.568).



Sam, Anu Susan (2018). Natural Disasters and Household Vulnerability: A Study of Floods and Droughts with Special Reference to Food Security and Adaptation Strategies in Rural India. Verlag Dr. Köster, Germany. ISBN: 9783895749384. https://www.verlag-koester.de/buch/natural-disasters-and-household-vulnerability/

Book chapters

       Sam, Anu. Susan., Abbas, A., Arshad, M., & Kächele, H. (2016) Analysing Vulnerability to Climate Change in India with Special Reference to Drought Risk: Results from a Field Survey. In: Nautiyal. S., Schaldach. R., Raju. V.K., Kaechele. H., Pritchard. B., & Rao, S.K. (eds) Climate Change Challenge (3C) and Social-Economic-Ecological Interface Building: Exploring Potential Adaptation Strategies for Bio-resource Conservation and Livelihood Development. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 409-427. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31014-5_25

Awards/Scholarships Received

  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship for pursuing doctoral studies by the Government of Germany (2014-2018).
  • Erasmus Mundus scholarship from the European Union (2007-2009) for pursuing International Master’s in Rural Development (IMRD).
  • CIM Returning Expert fellow of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany


  • Completed project on “Climate change, labour migration and food security: an Indian perspective” as Project Leader. The funding agency was Foundation Fiat Panis, Germany during March 2015 – December 2015.
  • Currently handling project on “Climate change, floods and rural farming communities in Kuttanad: A shift from disaster management towards disaster preparedness” as Principal investigator. The funding agency is Directorate of Environment & Climate Change, Government of Kerala.


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