Ramit Debnath

PhD Candidate, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge

E-mail: rd545@cam.ac.uk

Supervisor: Minna Sunikka-Blank

Research topic: Invisible drivers of energy demand in poverty

Research interest: Energy systems and governance; engineering for sustainable development; energy policy and poverty alleviation

Biography: Ramit is an aspiring sustainability scientist with a background in engineering for sustainability development which shapes his perception of engineering as a tool for reducing inequality. He is a PhD candidate and a Gates-Cambridge Scholar at the Department of Architecture. His research involves identification of ‘invisible’ drivers of energy demand in poverty in the Global South. He is working on deriving a ‘just’ policy framework for energy sustainability in poverty based on the philosophical lens of energy justice and systems theory. His case study includes slum rehabilitation housing of Mumbai in India; Lagos in Nigeria; and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Before joining his doctoral degree, he read MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge as a Commonwealth Scholar. He also holds an MTech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. He has previously worked at Stanford University, USA and Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India as a researcher. He engages actively with the scientific community through public talks, seminars and peer-reviewed publications.

For more details about his research please refer to his webpage

 

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