I am a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Environmental Studies at New York University (NYU). I work on global environmental politics and explore what it means to transition to a “green economy”. My expertise lies in market-based solutions such as ecological offsetting, carbon markets, and payments for ecosystem services. I take a strongly interdisciplinary approach, combining ideas in Economics, Sociology, and Science and Technology Studies (STS). I focus mostly on sustainability transitions associated with land use. An important part of my work focuses on the role of science and data in shaping sustainability transitions.
I have a PhD and a Masters in Public Policy from Cornell University. I have also worked with international organizations including the UN Environmental Program and private companies including the Centennial Group.
Methodologically, I adhere to a mixed research methods. I combine semi-structured interviews, ethnography, and econometric and spatial analysis. My work is not geographically specific, and instead links policy innovations as they unfold across the world. I work mostly in the US, but also have ongoing projects on Europe’s biodiversity offsetting policies, India’s compensatory afforestation programs, and have worked on PES programs in Indonesia.
Before starting my Ph.D. in Cornell University, I worked as an Economist in Centennial Group in Singapore and with the Green Indian State Trust in New Delhi. At Centennial Group, I worked with Mr. Manu Bhaskaran to provide long-term economic and political analysis for South and South East Asian countries. Among my responsibilities with Centennial Group was a collaborative project with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on the global financial crisis of 2008 and its impacts on Asia. This work resulted in a series of papers and an edited volume titled A Resilient Asia Amidst Global Financial Crisis.
At GIST, I worked with Mr. Pavan Sukhdev and his team on a project with the UN Environment Program initiative The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB). This was my first taste of applying economic ideas such as valuation and green accounting toward sustainability. Together with the GIST team, I collated over 110 case studies of using economic ideas in managing ecosystems. These continue to be used as proof-of-concept in bringing economics to address sustainability challenges.
I have also worked in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), with India’s premier economic think tank – National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, and with Singapore’s Economic Development Board.