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Kavita Surana

Associate, Environment and Natural Resources Program




Kavita Surana's research interest is in the intersection of clean energy, climate change, and innovation, with a particular focus on public policy in countries looking for ways to address challenges such as energy access or environmental degradation while ensuring economic development.

She is a consultant on energy and climate to the World Bank and other organizations and previously worked on electricity markets and power generation investments at ICF International. Kavita developed her own innovative technologies for solar cells at the French Atomic and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA) during her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble (INP-Grenoble), France. She was an Erasmus Mundus scholar at Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France and holds a B.Sc. in Physics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, India.



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November 2015

"Public Policy and Financial Resource Mobilization for Wind Energy in Developing Countries: A Comparison of Approaches and Outcomes in China and India"

Journal Article, Global Environmental Change, volume 35

By Kavita Surana, Associate, Environment and Natural Resources Program and Laura Diaz Anadon, Associate, Environment and Natural Resources Program

The authors analyze and contrast how China and India mobilized financial resources to build domestic technological innovation systems in wind energy.



December 17, 2014

"Turn Off the Lights: Can Global Climate Agreements Inspire Individual Responsibility?"

Op-Ed, Hippo Reads

By Claudia Doblinger, Former Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (STPP)/Energy Technology Innovation Policy (ETIP) research group; 2015–2016; Former Research Fellow, STPP/ETIP, 2014–2015 and Kavita Surana, Associate, Environment and Natural Resources Program

"Getting individuals to take responsibility for their energy consumption is not just an issue of building short-term awareness of a cause. Rather, these campaigns require changes to long-standing habits, perhaps through constant reminders that emphasize individual action. Climate action therefore raises questions of both the desired intensity and frequency of messages in promoting behavioral change."




"Technology Innovation and Energy"

Journal Article, Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences

By Kavita Surana, Associate, Environment and Natural Resources Program, Ananth Chikkatur, Former Associate, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group and Ambuj D. Sagar, Visiting Scholar, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program

Energy technology innovation is the key to driving the technological changes that are necessary to meet the challenge of mitigating energy-related greenhouse gas emissions to avoid 'dangerous climate change.' Success in innovation requires the enhancement of public investment in the innovation process, the creation of markets for low-carbon technologies through stronger climate policies, and a continued focus on energy access and equity.

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