Varghese Manaloor, PhD

Associate Professor, Augustana - Social Sciences


Associate Professor, Augustana - Social Sciences
(780) 679-1191
1-17 AG30 Heather Brae Hall (MOD)
4901-46 Ave
Camrose AB
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.

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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 2020 Fall Term 2021
AUECO 254 - India Tour

Three-week study tour of India that focuses on a chosen region of India in order to examine the intersection between religious belief and practice and development challenges. Students will be exposed to various development projects as well as an array of religious sites. It is expected that students will gain an in depth understanding of India, its cultural and religious diversity, and the challenges it faces in the 21st century. Students will be exposed to both rural and urban life. Prerequisite: AUECO 252 or AUREL 260. Notes: Costs associated with this India Tour course and applicable tuition are the responsibility of the students. Enrolment is limited to 15 students. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUECO 254 and AUREL 266. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar.

Winter 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 2021 Winter Term 2022
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 2020
AUECO 384 - Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis II

Designed for majors in Economics, dealing with extensions and applications of microeconomic theory: topics include intertemporal choice, risk, uncertainty and expected utility; oligopoly and game theory; externalities, public goods, adverse selection, moral hazard, and asymmetric information; general equilibrium. Prerequisites: AUECO 203 and AUMAT 110 or 116.

Winter Term 2021
AUECO 497 - Directed Reading I

Intensive study of a specific area of economics as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Notes: An Application for Individual Study must be completed and approved before registration in the course. The course is intended primarily for a student planning to pursue graduate studies in economics.

Fall Term 2020
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 2021 Winter Term 2022
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.

Winter Term 2022

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