Dr Radhika Khosla

Research Director, Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development; Senior Research Fellow
Oxford India Centre

Dr Radhika Khosla is the Research Director of the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development and Research Fellow 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 examining the productive tensions between urban transitions, energy services consumption and climate change, with a focus on developing country cities.

Radhika is the Principal Investigator of the Oxford Martin School’s interdisciplinary and multi-country programme on the Future of Cooling. Alongside she leads complementary research projects on urban transitions and space cooling consumption (focussing on India), and on cold-chains. She also leads the climate change research under DFID’s India-UK Global Partnership Programme on Development, which includes co-directing an executive education programme on Leadership in a Climate Emergency for business leaders. She is a contributing author to the sixth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Her other academic affiliations are at University of Pennsylvania, and the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. Radhika serves on government policy committees, and boards of journals and book presses.

The two sets of interrelated questions underlie her research priorities. First, how does consumption of energy-related services change as cities urbanize? What are the socio-technical drivers, systems and institutional structures that shape (and can reconfigure) energy and carbon emission pathways? Second, what forms of governance and political rationalities characterize the varied urban responses to climate change in rapidly developing cities, given their (often competing) objectives to provide urban services? Her broader interdisciplinary research examines how cities in transition manage the tensions of meeting growing energy needs for development while protecting the local and global environment.

Previously, she has been at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, and Staff Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York. At the latter, 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.

Radhika 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.


Governance, Policy and Politics for the MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance, School of Geography and the Environment

Environmental Governance and Development for the MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance, School of Geography and the Environment

Climate Change Negotiations: Policy Challenge for the Master’s in Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government

Global Opportunities and Threats: Oxford Program for MBA students, Saïd Business School

Climate Change School, Oxford Climate Society, University of Oxford

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Radhika Khosla, Neelanjan Sircar and Ankit Bhardwaj. 2019. “Energy demand transitions and climate mitigation in low-income urban households in India” Environmental Research Letters, IOP Publishing.
  • Radhika Khosla and Ankit Bhardwaj. 2018. “Urbanization in the Time of Climate Change: Examining the Response of Indian Cities,” Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs) Climate Change Vol 560. DOI: 10.1002/wcc.560.
  • Ankit Bhardwaj, Madhura Joshi, Radhika Khosla and Navroz K. Dubash. 2019. “More priorities, more problems? Decision-making with multiple energy, development and climate objectives,” Energy Research and Social Science Vol 49, pp 143-157. DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2018.11.003.
  • Navroz K. Dubash, Radhika Khosla, Ulka Kelkar and Sharad Lele. 2018. “India and Climate Change: Evolving Ideas and Increasing Policy Engagement,” Annual Review of Environment and Resources Vol. 43, pp 395-424. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-environ-102017-025809.
  • Radhika Khosla and Kathryn Janda. 2018. “India’s building stock: Towards energy and climate change solutions,” Building Research and Information Vol. 47, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2019.1522482.
  • Navroz K. Dubash, Radhika Khosla, Narasimha D. Rao and Ankit Bhardwaj. 2018. “India’s Energy and Emissions Future: An Interpretive Analysis of Model Scenarios,” Environmental Research Letters 13, 074018. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aacc74.
  • Felix Creutzig, Joyshree Roy, William Lamb, Ines Azevedo, Wandi de Bruin, Holger Dalkmann, Oreane Edelenbosch, Frank Geels, Arnulf Grubler, Cameron Hepburn, Edgar Hertwich, Radhika Khosla, Linus Mattauch, Jan Minx, Anjali Ramakrishnan, Narasimha Rao, Julia Steinberger, Massimo Tavoni, Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, & Elke Weber. 2018. “Towards demand-side solutions for mitigating climate change,” Nature Climate Change Vol 8, pp 268-271. DOI: 10.1038/s41558-018-0121-1.
  • William Lamb, Max Callaghan, Felix Creutzig, Radhika Khosla, Jan Minx. 2018. “The literature landscape on 1.5°C: Climate Change and Cities,” Current Opinion on Environmental Sustainability Vol 30, pp 26-34. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2018.02.008.
  • Brett Cohen, Hernán Blanco, Navroz K. Dubash, Srihari Dukkipati, Radhika Khosla, Serban Scrieciu, Theodor Stewart and Marta Torres-Gunfaus. 2018. “Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis in policy making for climate mitigation and development,” Climate and Development. DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2018.1445612.
  • Radhika Khosla, Ambuj Sagar and Ajay Mathur. 2017. “Multilevel Climate Governance and Technology Deployment: A View from India’s Buildings Sector,” Environmental Policy and Governance Vol. 27, Issue 2, pp 149-162. DOI: 10.1002/eet.1750.
  • Felix Creutzig, Blanca Fernandez, Helmut Haber, Radhika Khosla, Yacob Mulugetta and Karen C. Seto. 2016. “Beyond technology: Demand-side Solutions to Climate Change Mitigation,” Annual Review of Environment and Resources Vol. 41, pp 173-198. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-environ-110615-085428.
  • Navroz K. Dubash and Radhika Khosla. 2016. “Recovering Key Strategic Concepts in India’s Climate Policy.” Economic and Political Weekly Vol. L, No. 24, pp 127-129.
  • Radhika Khosla. 2016. “Closing the Policy Gap: Building Energy Code Lessons from Andhra Pradesh.” Economic and Political Weekly Vol. L1, No. 2, pp 66-73.
  • Radhika Khosla, Srihari Dukkipati, Navroz K. Dubash, Ashok Sreenivas, Brett Cohen. 2015. “Toward Methodologies for Multiple-Objective Based Energy Policy,” Economic and Political Weekly Vol. L, No. 49, pp 49-59.
  • Navroz K. Dubash and Radhika Khosla. 2015. “Neither Brake nor Accelerator: Assessing India’s Climate Contribution,” Economic and Political Weekly Vol. L, No. 42, pp 10-14.
  • John Frederick and Radhika Khosla. 2014. “The Energy Balance of an Urban Rooftop: A Case Study Addressing Cloudiness and Evaporative Cooling,” Advances in Building Energy Research 8(1), pp 97-115. DOI: 10.1080/17512549.2014.901187.
  • Kim Knowlton, Suhas P. Kulkarni, Gulrez Shah Azhar, Dileep Mavalankar, Anjali Jaiswal, Meredith Connolly, Amruta Nori-Sarma, Ajit Rajiva, Priya Dutta, Bhaskar Deol, Lauren Sanchez, Radhika Khosla, Peter J. Webster, Violeta E. Toma, Perry Sheffield, Jeremy J. Hess, and the Ahmedabad Heat and Climate Study Group. 2014. “Development and Implementation of South Asia’s First Heat-Health Action Plan in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India,” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 11(4), pp 3473-3492. DOI:10.3390/ijerph110403473.
  • Devesh Kapur, Radhika Khosla, Pratap Bhanu Mehta. 2009. “Climate Change: India’s Options,” Economic and Political Weekly Vol. XLIV, No. 31, pp 34-42.

Book Chapters

Radhika Khosla and Ankit Bhardwaj. 2019. “Indian Cities and Climate Change.” In India in a Warming World: Integrating Climate Change and Development, ed. Dubash, Oxford University Press.

Radhika Khosla. “Electrifying the National Capital Region.” In Colossus: The Anatomy of Delhi, eds. Chakravorty and Sircar, forthcoming, Oxford University Press.

Radhika Khosla. 2018. “A View of Energy Use from India’s Buildings,” In Urban Planet, eds. Elmqvist et al., Cambridge University Press.

Shyam Saran and Radhika Khosla. 2016. “Energizing India-Japan Cooperation on Clean Energy and Climate Change.” In Poised for Partnership: Deepening India-Japan Relations in the Asian Century, eds. Mukherjee and Yazaki, pp 127-149, Oxford University Press.

Edited Special Issues of Journals

Editor for the Special Issue “Systematizing and Upscaling Urban Climate Mitigation Solutions” in Environment Research Letters (forthcoming 2019).

Editor for the Special Issue “Energy and Climate Solutions in India’s Building Stock” in Building Research and Information (2018).

Policy Research Papers

Ankit Bhardwaj and Radhika Khosla. 2018. “Integrating Urban Development and Climate Objectives: Insights from Coimbatore.” Centre for Policy Research.

Ankit Bhardwaj and Radhika Khosla. 2017. “Mainstreaming Climate Actions in Indian Cities: Case Study of Rajkot.” Centre for Policy Research.

Radhika Khosla and Aditya Chunekar. 2017. Plugging In: A Collection of Insights on Electricity Use in Indian Homes. Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi and Prayas (Energy Group), Pune.

Madhura Joshi and Radhika Khosla. 2016. “India: Meeting energy needs for development while addressing climate change.” G20’s potential for advancing a global transition towards sustainable energy, eds: Roehrkasten, Thielges and Quitzow, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam.

Navroz K. Dubash and Radhika Khosla. 2015. “India’s Sustainable Development Led Approach to Climate Mitigation for Paris.” Centre for Policy Research.

Narasimha D. Rao, David Mc. Collum, Navroz K. Dubash and Radhika Khosla. 2015. “Development and Climate Policy Synergies: Insights from global modelling studies.” Centre for Policy Research.

Navroz K. Dubash, Radhika Khosla, Narasimha D. Rao and K. Rahul Sharma. 2015. “Informing India’s Energy and Climate Debate: Policy Lessons from Modelling Studies.” Centre for Policy Research.

Radhika Khosla, Anjali Jaiswal and Bhaskar Deol. 2013. “Saving Money and Energy: Case Study of the Energy-Efficiency Retrofit of Godrej Bhavan in Mumbai.” Natural Resources Defense Council.

Radhika Khosla. 2012. “Energy Efficiency in Urban Tenant Spaces: Case Study of NRDC Washington, D.C. Office.” Natural Resources Defense Council.

Radhika Khosla, Anjali Jaiswal, David Goldstein and Bhaskar Deol. 2012. “Constructing Change: Accelerating Energy Efficiency in India’s Buildings.” Natural Resources Defense Council.

Anjali Jaiswal, Radhika Khosla, David Goldstein and Shravya Reddy. 2011. “Taking Energy Efficiency to New Heights: Buildings Sector Analysis from Hyderabad.” Natural Resources Defense Council.

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