Anna Agarwal, Santosh Harish and Rahul Verma join CPR

21 August 2019

The Centre for Policy Research is delighted to announce three new faculty members who have joined the organisation as Fellows. Strengthening CPR’s work in the areas of energy and climate research, Indian political economy and election research, these researchers bring in their expertise to address critical policy questions and challenges of our time.

  • Anna Agarwal joins the Initiative on Climate, Energy and Environment at CPR after working at the India Center of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC- India) where she led the Urban Innovation Challenge. Her work currently focuses on residential electricity demand, particularly the cooling demand which would be a substantial driver of future energy needs and carbon emissions. Agarwal has also held research appointments at the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (MIT CEEPR), assessing risks in large energy capital projects; and the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEi), co-authoring the MIT study 'Natural Gas Monetization Pathways for Cyprus.' She has worked at The Brattle Group, a US economics consulting firm, where her work focused on regulatory policy and ratemaking matters in the US electric power industry. She has also worked in the Energy and Power Division of the Planning Commission, Government of India. She holds a PhD and a SM degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an undergraduate degree from IIT Delhi.
  • Santosh Harish joins the Intiative on Climate, Energy and Environment at CPR after working at EPIC- India where he was Associate Director–Research. His research interests lie in the areas of energy and environment policy, specifically distribution of electricity, and regulation of air pollution and his training is in quantitative policy analysis methods, and statistical analysis. Harish was also a Post-Doctoral Fellow with Evidence for Policy Design India and J-PAL South Asia. He received his PhD in Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and undergraduate degree in metallurgical and materials engineering from IIT Madras. 
  • Rahul Verma, who researches on voting behavior, party politics, political violence, and media, is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. His doctoral dissertation examines the historical roots of elite persistence in contemporary Indian politics. His book, Ideology and Identity: The Changing Party Systems of India (OUP: New York, 2018) co-authored with Pradeep Chhibber develops a new approach to defining the contours of what constitutes an ideology in multi-ethnic countries such as India. Verma is a regular columnist for various news platforms and has published papers in Asian Survey, Economic & Political Weekly, and Studies in Indian Politics and has completed his MPhil in Political Science from Delhi University, MA in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai and BA from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University.

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