Dr Radhika Khosla

Research Director, Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development
Oxford India Centre

Dr Radhika Khosla is the Research Director of the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development at Somerville College, and a Senior Researcher at the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment, School of Geography and the Environment, at the University of Oxford. She works on the linkages between energy and climate change in rapidly urbanizing environments, and the two foci of her research are: urban energy demand and consumption; and the mainstreaming of climate actions into local development processes in cities. Her broader research examines how countries and cities in transition can effectively manage and meet their energy, economic and environmental objectives.

Radhika’s other current affiliations are at the MIT Energy Initiative (USA) and the Centre for Policy Research (India). Previously, she has been a Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, where she worked on the analytic and strategic dimensions of India’s energy and climate policies, with a focus on the technological, institutional and behavioural aspects of energy use and its lock-in to a rapidly growing built environment. She has also been a Staff Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in New York where she helped set up the organization’s work on clean energy and climate change in India and led research and implementation on building energy policies in Indian states. Her other affiliations include the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, and the Center for Advanced Study of India, at the University of Pennsylvania; NRDC’s Center for Market Innovation in New York; and The Energy and Research Institute in New Delhi.

She holds a PhD in the Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate and master’s degrees in Physics from the University of Oxford.

Dr Khosla’s recent papers:

Towards demand-side solutions for mitigating climate change, Nature Climate Change 2018

The literature landscape on 1.5 °C climate change and cities, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 2018

Multi-criteria decision analysis in policy-making for climate mitigation and development, Climate and Development 2018

Deploying Low-carbon Technologies in Developing Countries: A view from India’s buildings sectorEnvironmental Policy and Governance 2017

Beyond Technology: Demand-Side Solutions for Climate Change MitigationAnnual Review of Environment and Resources 2016


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