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The Sustainable Futures Collaborative (SFC) is a New Delhi-based independent research organisation that

Analyses issues at the frontier of addressing climate change, managing the energy transition, and limiting environmental threats in India and globally.

Informs policymakers, stakeholders and the public about key policy and governance levers, and their implications.

Accelerates the transition to an environmentally and socially sustainable future by enabling strategic action for systemic change.

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Our approach

Identify frontier issues of long-term strategic importance

Establish foundational evidence

Shape policy ecosystem for transformative change

Collaborate with State and non-State actors to advance policy

Areas of work

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Adaptation and resilience

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Climate policy

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Energy transitions

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Environmental governance and policy

The team

Our interdisciplinary team brings together academic and policy expertise.

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Dr Navroz K Dubash

Senior Fellow
Chair of Advisory Council

Dr Navroz K Dubash researches climate change, energy, air pollution, and the politics of regulation in the developing world. He is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS, and has been the Coordinating Lead Author for the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He holds a PhD in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Aditya Valiathan Pillai

Fellow
Coordinator, Adaptation and Resilience

Aditya Valiathan Pillai conducts research on climate adaptation, with a focus on strengthening policies to combat extreme heat. He also studies the forms and varieties of national climate institutions, and how India should restructure its institutions to achieve mitigation and adaptation objectives. He holds a master’s degree in international security from Sciences Po, Paris.

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Dr Aman Srivastava

Fellow
Coordinator, Climate Policy

Dr Aman Srivastava works in the area of climate and energy policy, specifically the interlinkages between emissions and development pathways, socioeconomic impacts of climate actions, climate finance, and energy consumption behaviours. He holds a PhD in energy and behavioural economics from the University of Antwerp.

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Dr Ashwini K Swain

Fellow

Dr Ashwini K Swain works on the political economy of electricity and energy transition in India. He has a PhD in politics from the University of York.

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Dr Bhargav Krishna

Fellow
Coordinator, Environmental Governance and Policy

Dr Bhargav Krishna works on health policy, environmental policy, and environmental epidemiology, with a focus on the impact of air quality and climate change on health. He is Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Dr Easwaran J Narassimhan

Fellow
Coordinator, Climate Policy

Dr Easwaran J Narassimhan works on green industrialisation and energy transition in emerging economies. He has previously worked on identifying pathways for socio-economically gainful deep decarbonization in India, employment and economic implications of a low-carbon transition, and the role of carbon pricing in an energy transition. He holds a PhD in International Affairs from The Fletcher School, Tufts University.

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Shibani Ghosh

Visiting Fellow

Shibani Ghosh researches and writes on various issues relating to environmental law, regulation, and governance in India. She is an Advocate-on-Record, Supreme Court of India and appears in environmental cases before the Supreme Court and the National Green Tribunal.

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Annanya Mahajan

Senior Research Associate, Environmental Governance and Policy

Annanya Mahajan works on air pollution policy, and her broader research interests include environmental policy and behavioural economics. She has a Master’s degree in specialised economic analysis from the Barcelona School of Economics.

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Arunesh Karkun

Senior Research Associate, Environmental Governance and Policy

Arunesh Karkun is currently working on air quality governance. His research interests include clean transportation and climate change. He holds an MSc in Climate Change and Sustainability Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai.

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Bushra Mustufa

Administrative Assistant

Bushra Mustufa has seven years of experience managing administration and human resources in various not-for-profit organisations. She holds a master’s in human resource management from Symbiosis International University, Pune.

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Catherine Ayallore

Senior Research Associate, Energy Transitions

Catherine Ayallore is currently working on regulatory and governance aspects of energy transition. Her research areas include renewable energy growth at the national and sub-national levels as well as the regulatory and institutional response to energy transition and climate change. She holds a BA-LLB (Honours) from the Gujarat National Law University.

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Dr Sarada Prasanna Das

Associate Fellow, Energy Transitions

Dr Sarada Prasanna Das works on sociology and politics of electricity governance, and is interested in environmental governance and water-energy-food nexus in the context of India. He holds a PhD in sociology from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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Shreya Shekhar

Research Associate, Adaptation and Resilience

Shreya Shekhar is currently working on climate adaptation, heat, and energy transitions. Her research interests include sustainable urban adaptation and the development and climate policy nexus. She holds an MSc in international development from the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester where she focused on environment and climate policy.

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Sonali Verma

Senior Communications Associate

Sonali manages strategic communications and outreach, and has previous experience in research communications and journalism. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi.

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Suravee Nayak

Associate Fellow, Energy Transitions

Suravee Nayak works on energy and labour, political economy of coal, energy transitions, extractive industries and nature-society relations. She holds an MPhil in applied economics from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and is completing her PhD at Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum.

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Tamanna Dalal

Research Associate, Adaptation and Resilience

Tamanna Dalal conducts research on climate adaptation, with a focus on policies to combat extreme heat in India. Her broader research interests include climate impacts, adaptation, and sustainable agriculture. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

Publications
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Impact of heatwaves on all-cause mortality in India: a comprehensive multi-city study

Bhargav Krishna and Colleagues

Multi-city study on the impact of heatwaves on mortality in India finds that while longer and intense heatwaves pose higher risks, it is the shorter, less extreme ones that contribute to increased deaths.. read more

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Why closing schools does not protect children from air pollution – Scroll.in

Arunesh Karkun and Abinaya Sekar

It absolves educational institutions and government agencies of their responsibility towards ensuring clean air while hampering learning outcomes… read more

5 min read

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Strategies for green industrial and innovation policy–an analysis of policy alignment, misalignment, and realignment around dominant designs in the EV sector

Easwaran Narassimhan, Zdenka Myslikova and Kelly Sims Gallagher

The paper, published in Environmental Research Letters, explores which combination of technology-push and demand-pull policies best situates a country to lead in clean energy innovation, as new or dominant designs emerge and replace older technologies. A new analytical framework for green industrial policy is introduced regarding the alignment, misalignment, and deliberate misalignment of policies… read more

Careers

Administrative Coordinator/Manager

The candidate will oversee and execute all administrative functions at SFC, as guided by the leadership.

Full-Time
New Delhi