India is urbanizing rapidly: by 2030 more than 40% of the country’s population is projected to become urban.

India’s urban governance is a major 21st century issue, presenting many opportunities and challenges.  Questions about access and rights to the city, the management and disposal of waste, working lives and forms of mobile labour, are some of the themes that the OICSD is concerned with.  Through conceptual innovation and empirically-grounded research, we are building novel understandings of the spatial and social organization of human activity, its intersection with  animal inhabitants of the urban and with waste.


Extending inquiry to wider relationships between humans and their environment has important bearings for urban governance (access to the commons and infrastructure), urban design (modes of planning and regulation), and urban politics (contested and conflicting practices).  This work, done through collaborative engagements between human geographers, urban ecologists, and cultural anthropologists, generates conceptual frameworks that provide alternate viewpoints on urbanization in India, than those usually on record.  Our work has featured in leading international journals, and we are working closely with policy makers in India to translate conceptual developments into effective practice.

Radhika Khosla’s Academic Publications: 

Journal Articles

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

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


Maan Barua’s Academic Publications:

Barua, M. (2017) Nonhuman labour, encounter value, spectacular accumulation: the geographies of a lively commodity. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 42(2): 274-288.
Lorimer, J., Hodgetts, T. and Barua, M. (2017) Animals’ atmospheres. Progress in Human Geography.
Barua, M. (2016) Lively commodities and encounter value. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 34(4): 725-744.
Zablocki, J., Arora, S. and Barua, M. (2016) Factors affecting media coverage of species rediscoveries. Conservation Biology, 30(4): 914-917.
Barua, M. (2015) Encounter: Living Lexicon for the Environmental Humanities. Environmental Humanities, 7: 265-270.
Jadhav, S., Jain, S., Kannuri, N., Bayetti, C. and Barua, M. (2015) Ecologies of Suffering: Mental Health in India. Economic and Political Weekly, 50(20): 12-15.
Lorimer, J., Sandom, C., Jepson, P., Doughty, C., Barua, M. and Kirby, K. (2015) Rewilding: Science, practice and politics. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 40.
Barua, M. (2014) Bio-geo-graphy: landscape, dwelling and the political ecology of human-elephant relations. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 32(5): 915-934.
Barua, M. (2014) Circulating elephants: unpacking the geographies of a cosmopolitan animal. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 39(4): 559-573.
Barua, M. (2014) Volatile ecologies: towards a material politics of human-animal relations. Environment and Planning A, 46(6): 1462-1478.
Ginn, F., Beisel, U. and Barua, M. (2014) Flourishing with Awkward Creatures: Togetherness, Vulnerability, Killing. Environmental Humanities, 4: 113-123.
Barua, M., Bhagwat, S.A. and Jadhav, S. (2013) The hidden dimensions of human–wildlife conflict: Health impacts, opportunity and transaction costs. Biological Conservation, 157: 309-316.
Jadhav, S. and Barua, M. (2012) The Elephant Vanishes: impact of human–elephant conflict on people’s wellbeing. Health and Place, 18(6): 1356-1365.
Barua, M. (2011) Mobilizing metaphors: the popular use of keystone, flagship and umbrella species concepts. Biodiversity and Conservation, 20(7): 1427-1440.