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Karnamadakala Rahul Sharma

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PhD Student

Bren Hall 3017

Masters in Public Policy (MPP), University of Minnesota

Rahul is a practitioner and policy researcher from India. Prior to joining Bren, he obtained degrees in electrical engineering (from India), Public Policy (University of Minnesota) and was a postgraduate fellow at Yale University. At Bren, he has been awarded the Regent’s Fellowship and the Bren School Fellowship in Environmental Science and Management.

Over the 8 years before starting at Bren, Rahul has divided his time equally between practice and policy research. He worked on decentralized energy systems in India and Kenya, with various NGOs and with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). At TERI, he lead a 12-member team working on solar lighting, mini-grids and energy-development action-research projects. He was a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Policy Research in India where he analyzed energy-climate models and policies and assisted in drafting a Renewable Energy Act for India in 2015. Rahul has consulted on energy access and renewable energy policy and implementation at the State and National levels in India. He has authored several book chapters and peer-reviewed publications, including in the journals Science and Nature Energy. He is a reviewer for Energy for Sustainable Development and Nature Energy. He has also written on broad public policy issues in leading Indian print media.

His research focuses on sustainable development with a focus on energy, waste and sustainable cities, through the lens of organization studies and political science. He is interested in studying how cities can locally acquire networks, information, knowledge, and then capacity to enable sustainability transitions.

Year Admitted

Research Areas
Organization studies and Public Management; Knowledge networks and capacity building; Local Governance; Energy; Waste management; Environment and development; sustainable development in developing countries.

Faculty Advisor
Mark Buntaine and Matthew Potoski (Social Science Group)