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Narasimha Rao

Senior Research Scholar

Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment Program


Narasimha Rao is a senior research scholar in the IIASA Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group of the Energy, Climate, and Environment Program and an Associate Professor of Energy Systems at the Yale School of the Environment, in the US. His research examines the relationship between energy systems, human development, and climate change. He is a contributing author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)'s Sixth Assessment Report.

He is the recipient of the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant (2015-2018) for a project entitled Decent Living Energy, which explores energy and emissions thresholds for providing decent living standards for all. His research interests also include income inequality, infrastructure, and climate policy. For his current research, Rao was awarded the 2011 Amulya K. Reddy Prize for the Best Paper in the journal Energy for Sustainable Development for his paper entitled 'Kerosene Subsidies in India: When Energy Policy Fails as Social Policy'.

Rao obtained his PhD in Environment and Resources from Stanford University, California, and two Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering and Technology Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Last update: 16 JUN 2021


VirĂ¡g, D., Wiedenhofer, D., Baumgart, A., Matej, S., Krausmann, F., Min, J. , Rao, N.D. , & Haberl, H. (2022). How much infrastructure is required to support decent mobility for all? An exploratory assessment. Ecological Economics 200 e107511. 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2022.107511.

Nutkiewicz, A., Mastrucci, A. , Rao, N. , & Jain, R.K. (2022). Cool roofs can mitigate cooling energy demand for informal settlement dwellers. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 159 e112183. 10.1016/j.rser.2022.112183.

Wang, T., Berrill, P., Zimmerman, J.B., Rao, N. , Min, J. , & Hertwich, E.G. (2022). Improved Copper Circularity as a Result of Increased Material Efficiency in the U.S. Housing Stock. Environmental Science & Technology 10.1021/acs.est.1c06474. (In Press)

Bhar, S., Lele, S., & Rao, N. (2022). Beyond income: correlates of conspicuous and luxury consumption in India. Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy 18 (1) 142-157. 10.1080/15487733.2022.2029041.