Velumani T

Senior Programme Associate – Livelihoods


Ph.D in Fisheries Extension, ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai, 2024

M.F.Sc Fisheries Extension, ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai, 2017

B.F.Sc Fisheries Science, Fisheries College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Fisheries University, Thoothukudi, 2015


Profile: Velumani’s interests lie in the domains of socio-economics and livelihoods assessment, governance and institutional arrangements, climate change-related vulnerability, and scientometrics. His Ph.D. research was centered on developing a methodological framework to assess the vulnerability of inland fisheries, especially in the context of a developing country. During his Master’s, he studied the institutional arrangement, governance, and human development of reservoir fishers in Krishna Raja Sagar, Karnataka, India.

Prior to joining Dakshin, he worked as a Young Professional-II on an international project at ICAR-National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (ICAR-NBFGR), Lucknow, which aimed at quantifying agrobiodiversity and ecosystem services in the Godavari River Basin landscape. His work involved assessing socio-economic profiles and livelihoods of fishing communities and agricultural farmers in the Godavari River Basin.

Velumani has a penchant for videography and photography and has taught himself video editing, which he enjoys.

As Senior Programme Associate with the Sustainable Fisheries team, he works with the project on Recycling for Wellbeing in the Palk Bay region.


  • T. Velumani., Shanmugam, A.P. and Inbaraj, L.C.C., 2019. E-Coverage of Fisheries Ecosystem and Usage Pattern of Social Media. Current World Environment, 14(2), p.260.
  • Velumani T., Ananthan, P. S., U. K. Sarkar and Shivaji Argade. Climate Variability And Fisheries Vulnerability: A Case Study Of Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu. Journal of Indian Fisheries Association. 48(1):81-93
  • Pownkumar, V., Ananthan, P.S., Ekka, A., Qureshi, N.W and Velumani T., 2022. Fisheries as ecosystem services: A case study of the Cauvery river basin, India. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 10, p.892012. 
  • Das, B., Desai, S., Daripa, A., Anand, G.C., Kumar, U., Khalkho, D., T. Velumani., Kumar, N., Obi Reddy, G.P. and Kumar, P., 2023. Land degradation vulnerability mapping in a west coast river basin of India using analytical hierarchy process combined machine learning models. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, pp.1-16. 
  • Mir, S.A., Ojha, S.N., Ananthan, P.S., Qureshi, N.W., Argade, S.D., Gul, S. and T Velumani., 2022. Assessment of fisheries and management-insights from Dal Lake, Kashmir. Indian Journal of Extension Education, 58(4), pp.60-65.

Documentary Videos

  1. Voices of Margins: Fishers Livelihood in Hogenakkal. 
  2. Trailing Tilapia in River Thenpennai.