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Radhika Khosla

CASI Non-Resident Visiting Scholar
Research Director, Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development, Somerville College; Senior Researcher, Smith School of Enterprise and Environment, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford

April 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021

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 examining the productive tensions between urban transitions, energy services consumption, and climate change, with a focus on developing country cities. 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.

Radhika's previous roles include 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, and Staff Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council 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. She serves on government policy committees and boards of journals and book presses. 

Radhika holds a Ph.D. in the Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago and undergraduate and Masters degrees in Physics from the University of Oxford.