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Kavita Surana

Kavita Surana

Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program




Dr. Kavita Surana's research focuses on understanding factors that influence successful innovation institutions in energy and beyond and on quantifying the role of government policies in promoting technology innovation in various countries.

Kavita comes with diverse experience in bringing together technology, markets, policy, and associated deployment. Before her fellowship, she worked as a power and energy sector consultant with ICF International and  interned with a leading renewable energy development organization.

Kavita earned a Ph.D. from the University of Grenoble, France, in Materials Science while working at the French Atomic and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA). She completed her M.S. in Materials Science with a joint European Commission degree on an Erasmus Mundus scholarship 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, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program and Laura Diaz Anadon, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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, Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program/Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group and Kavita Surana, Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy 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, Science, Technology, and Public Policy 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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We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.