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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.

He has completed his PhD qualifying exams in Public Management, Political Science and Quantitative Methods. His research is based out of India and is focused on the following topics: a) Non-financial incentives for frontline NGO workers, b) Citizen coproduction of public services, specifically urban waste management, c) City rankings as a policy tool for improving waste management outcomes and d) Energy democracy and justice. 

Rahul has spent over 10 years working in India with the Centre for Policy Research, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and as an independent monitoring and evaluation consultant. Sectorally, Rahul focuses on energy, energy access and rural development, urban environment, and municipal solid waste. He has authored publications in journals such as Science, Nature Energy, Energy for Sustainable Development, as well as a number of book chapters, and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Environment and Development. Rahul also serves as a Lead Author for the UNEP Global Environment Outlook on Cities 2020.

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)

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