Ranjit Deshmukh is an Assistant Professor with the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and with the Environmental Studies department, as well as affiliated faculty with the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, at the University of California Santa Barbara. At UCSB, Ranjit leads the Clean Energy Transformation Lab (CETlab) and is a Research Associate at the Environmental Markets Lab (emLab). He is also a faculty scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Ranjit’s research lies at the intersection of energy, environment, and economics, specifically in low-carbon energy systems, clean energy access, and electricity markets. His interests include strategies, policies, and market mechanisms for environmentally sustainable and socially equitable low carbon transitions in the electricity and transportation sectors. He also studies technologies and incentives for increasing access to clean energy services in developing regions and low-income communities. Ranjit’s work has focused on several regions of the world including the U.S., India, China, Indonesia, and several countries in Africa. In pursuing his academic and applied research, he works closely with both government and non-government stakeholders including regulators, electric utilities, government ministries, non-profit organizations, and local communities.
Ranjit was an ITRI-Rosenfeld postdoctoral fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He holds a PhD in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, master’s degrees in Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt and the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree from the Government College of Engineering Pune, India.