Annanya Mahajan

Senior Research Associate, Environmental Governance and Policy

Annanya is a Senior Research Associate in the Environmental Governance and Policy team. Her work focuses on understanding the health and economic impacts of air pollution as well as studying how environmental governance can be improved. Her broader research interests include decentralised environmental governance and sustainable development. She has a Master’s degree in specialised economic analysis from the Barcelona School of Economics. Annanya previously worked at the Centre for Policy Research where she focused on studying the capacity of environmental regulators. She also worked at the Inclusion Economics India Centre where she was involved in broader development research surrounding local climate adaptation, capacity building and governance of employment, health and nutrition schemes.

Publications

Opinions

Adaptation and Resilience

Environmental Governance and Policy

Unified action needed to tackle extreme heat and air pollution

Annanya Mahajan and Tamanna Dalal

25 June 2024

The combined impact of air pollution and heatwaves can be far more severe than individual impacts, as various reactions between heat and gases in the air can affect cardiovascular, respiratory and immune systems. Adopting unified protective health measures against both issues is crucial.

Books and book chapters

Adaptation and Resilience

Environmental Governance and Policy

Synergistic Impact of Air Pollution and Heat on Health and Economy in India

Abinaya Sekar, Rajat Sharma and Annanya Mahajan

1 May 2024

The chapter, published in the book 'The Climate-Health-Sustainability Nexus: Understanding the Interconnected Impact on Populations and the Environment' (Springer), examines the combined influence of heat and air pollution their implications for global health and the economy.

Reports

Environmental Governance and Policy

Sustainable Solutions to Crop Residue Burning and Air Pollution Cycle in India and Pakistan

Bhargav Krishna, Babar Shahbaz and Annanya Mahajan

22 April 2024

The chapter in the report 'The Air We Share: Towards Reduced Transboundary Air Pollution across India and Pakistan' looks at crop residue burning in India and Pakistan, presenting several sustainable solutions - shifting focus away from paddy and wheat towards other crops, coordinating across multiple stakeholders, etc.

SFC Perspectives

Adaptation and Resilience

Climate Policy

Energy Transitions

Environmental Governance and Policy

SFC Perspectives on Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Policy, Energy Transitions, and Environmental Governance and Policy

SFC

19 March 2024

SFC Perspectives are intended to stimulate discussion by providing an overview of key issues and avenues for action to inform India's sustainable development trajectory.

SFC Perspectives

Environmental Governance and Policy

Perspectives on Environmental Governance and Policy: Systemic transformations to limit the health burden of air pollution

Bhargav Krishna, Shibani Ghosh, Arunesh Karkun and Annanya Mahajan

18 March 2024

We, at SFC, view reducing air pollution not only as a technical challenge, but also as a structural one that requires re-thinking our approach and the institutions that are tasked with addressing it.

Opinions

Environmental Governance and Policy

Three small steps can solidify Modi’s Mission LiFE—urban planning to behavioural change

Navroz K Dubash, Annanya Mahajan et al.

4 November 2022

As India takes over the G20 presidency in December, LiFE offers a platform to promote individual-led demand-side interventions on the international stage.

Opinions

Environmental Governance and Policy

Why a Niti Aayog study on the economic costs of ‘judicial activism’ must be viewed with scepticism

Annanya Mahajan

8 August 2022

The report fails to make its evaluations in an unbiased and rigorous manner.

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