Varghese Manaloor, PhD

Associate Professor, Augustana - Social Sciences


Associate Professor, Augustana - Social Sciences
(780) 679-1191
152 Hoyme Complex
4901-46 Ave
T4V 2R3



Varghese Manaloor is the John P. Tandberg Chair in Economics at Augustana Campus, University of Alberta. Professor Manaloor completed his PhD from the University of Saskatchewan. He is also a fellow of LEAD (Leadership for Environment and Development) International. In 2005, he completed a 3-week summer certificate course on “Sustainable Environmental Management”, at the College of Natural Resources, Center for Sustainable Resource Development, University of California, Berkeley.


Professor Manaloor’s research interests are in food and nutrition policy, livelihood studies, and sustainable development issues. He has published in national and international journals and has presented several research papers at conferences. In the summer of 2008, Professor Manaloor helped organize the LEAD (Leadership for Environment and Development) Canada Professional Development Program at Augustana Campus.

Recent publications

Hood, G. A., Manaloor, V. and Dzioba, B. 2018. Mitigating infrastructure loss from beaver flooding: A cost-benefit analysis. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 23(2): DOI 10.1080/10871209.2017.1402223).

Varghese Manaloor, Srivastava, Divyanshu, and Shahidul Islam. (2016). “Growth of Organic Food Industry in India” AGROFOR International Journal, Volume 1. No. 2, pp. 69-76. DOI: 10.7251/AGRENG1602069M.

Kedar Kulkarni and Varghese Manaloor (2016). “Analysis of Agricultural Productivity and Energy Use in Indian Agriculture” (co-authored with Kedar Kulkarini). Inclusive Development: International Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, Volume 3, Nos. 1 & 2, pp. 23-28.

Varghese Manaloor, Rajeev Bhaskar, and Shabin Paul, (2017). “Food and Nutrition Security: Achievements, Challenges and Opportunities” Proceedings of the International Conference on Development Economics- Vol. 1, Post Graduate and Research Department of Economics and Department of Business Economics, Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai, India, pp. 18-22

Shahidul Islam and Varghese Manaloor, (2016). “Selling Organic Food Through Conventional Retail Stores”. Book chapter in, “Deciphering Organic Food; A Comprehensive Guide to Organic Food Production, Consumption and Promotion”. Editors: Ioannis Kareklas and Darrel D. Muehling, Nova science publishers.

Varghese Manaloor and V.A. Nambi, “Temporal Analysis of the Infrastructure Tethered Cluster Level Household Economic Development in Wayanad’, Inclusive Development, International Journal of Social Science and Humanities, Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP), Cochin University of Science and Technology. Vol 2 (Nos 1&2), 2015.

Prabhakaran T. Raghu, Varghese Manaloor and V Arivudai Nambi (2014 July), “Factors influencing adoption of farm management practices in agro-biodiversity hotspots of India: An analysis using the Count Data model”. Journal of Natural Resources and Development ( 


Professor Manaloor’s teaching interests are applied microeconomics (environmental and development economics). He has also taught courses in ethics in economics and business and economic methods of project evaluation. He has developed two interdisciplinary study tour courses to India and China in which students learn, first hand, the reform process, work of various institutions and development organizations,  and the 21st century challenges related to development.


AUECO 101 - Introduction to Microeconomics

Economic analysis, problems, and policies, with emphasis on the Canadian economy; roles of consumers and firms in competitive and monopolistic markets; foreign ownership in the Canadian economy; distribution of income, inequality, and poverty; use of the environment; government economic policies.

Winter Term 2023

AUECO 203 - Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis I

Theory of consumer behaviour; theory of production and cost; price and output determination under competition, monopoly, and other market structures. Prerequisite: AUECO 101.

Fall Term 2022

AUECO 341 - Environmental Economics

Examination of the relationships between the economy and the environment. Emphasis is placed on the application of economic analysis to various environmental issues. Prerequisite: AUECO 101. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUECO 341 and AUENV 341.

Winter Term 2023

AUECO 346 - Agricultural Economics

Study of economic theory and policy relating to the agricultural sector of the economy. Emphasis is placed on the economic aspects of agricultural production, marketing, finance, and resource use with particular reference to agricultural policy in Canada and Alberta. Prerequisite: AUECO 101.

Fall Term 2022

AUECO 480 - Ethics in Economics and Business

Investigation of the relation between ethical reflection and the activities of businesses and economics. Attention is paid to the role of self-interest and rationality in economic and business discourse, the relation between the price system and human values, and the morality of the market as a means of social organization. Several case studies are used. Prerequisite: At least *6 at a senior-level in Economics or Management.

Winter Term 2023

AUENV 341 - Environmental Economics

Examination of the relationships between the economy and the environment. Emphasis is placed on the application of economic analysis to various environmental issues. Prerequisite: AUECO 101. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 341 and AUECO 341.

Winter Term 2023

AUIDS 286 - Selected Topics in Place-Based Studies

Selected topics in place-based learning in specific off-campus locations. The focus and content of each course are determined by student and faculty interests, and may vary from year to year. The course will take a specific place as the location and subject of study. The locations of study can be international or closer to home, but in all instances will encourage a significant engagement with the place. Note: AUIDS 286 is classified as an arts course.

Fall Term 2022

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