Rahul is a Senior Researcher at CPR and a core team member of the State Capacity Initiative. He is currently engaged with projects on the moral economy of bureaucracy and administrative reform in urban governance. He is also concurrently working on his PhD focused on environmental governance and state capacity to manage urban environmental problems, specifically municipal solid waste.
Prior to this role, he has spent 10 years working across engineering, monitoring and evaluation and public policy research with a sectoral focus on renewable energy, energy access, climate change and sustainable cities. He has worked with CPR in the Climate Initiative, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), the University of Minnesota, and as a consultant for various organisations.
Rahul is pursuing his PhD at the Bren School for Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara where his substantive training is on Public Management, Political Science and Quantitative Methods. He has a Master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota (Humphrey School of Public Affairs) and was a postgraduate fellow at the School of Forestry and Environment Studies at Yale University. He has authored publications in the journals Science and Nature Energy along with a number of book chapters and is an Associate Editor for The Journal of Environment and Development. He is currently managing a project on Non-Financial Incentives for Frontline NGO Staff in Karnataka for his PhD and is a Cross Sectoral Lead Author for the UNEP Global Environment Outlook on Cities.