Navroz K Dubash

Senior Fellow and Chair of Advisory Council

Navroz K Dubash is a Senior Fellow and Chair of the Advisory Council at the Sustainable Futures Collaborative (SFC), an independent research and action group working on climate, energy and environment, and an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Prior to joining SFC, he was a Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, an Associate Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, and a Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute. Navroz has been actively engaged in global and national debates on climate change, air quality, energy and water as a researcher, policy advisor and activist for over 25 years. He helped establish the global Climate Action Network as its first international coordinator from 1990 to 1992. He has advised Indian government policymaking over the last decade as a member of advisory committees on climate change, energy, and air and water policy. He also coordinated a team that served as lead anchor institution for India’s Long-Term Low Emissions Development Strategy. Navroz was a Coordinating Lead Author for the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and a Lead Author and Synthesis Report Author for the Fifth Assessment Report, serves on the steering committee for the UNEP Emissions Gap Report, and has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Group of the UN Climate Action Summit. He currently serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Climate Policy Journal. He is also a member of the editorial boards of Global Environmental Politics, Energy Research in Social Science, Environmental Policy and Governance, and the Journal of Environment and Development. He has written widely on climate change, energy and the environment in Indian and global media, and contributes a regular ‘Expert Voices’ column to Science. In 2015, he was conferred the T N Khoshoo Memorial Award for his work on Indian climate change policy and the international discourse on global climate governance, and in 2018, his co-authored paper on interpreting model scenarios was awarded the Emerging Nations Award by Environmental Research Letters.

Publications

Opinions

Climate Policy

A law around low-carbon climate resilient development

Navroz K Dubash, Aditya Valiathan Pillai and Shibani Ghosh

8 July 2024

Authors lay out an institutional vision for India’s climate law - knowledge-based ‘low-carbon development commission’; ‘climate cabinet’ to drive strategy; executive coordination body; and mechanisms for federal engagement.

Opinions

Climate Policy

Court on climate right and how India can enforce it

Navroz K Dubash, Shibani Ghosh and Aditya Valiathan Pillai

1 July 2024

Because India is still developing, is highly vulnerable, and yet to build much of its infrastructure, what the country needs is a law that enables progress toward both low-carbon and climate resilient development.

Opinions

Climate Policy

Unpacking climate policy

Navroz K Dubash

6 June 2024

Policies that can usefully address climate change mitigation extend far beyond what an earlier literature defined as “mitigation policy”, which incorporates policy instrument design to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by means of, for instance, carbon tax, cap and trade, or border carbon adjustment. Instead, there is value in thinking much more expansively about climate policy: Effective “climate policy” may not always be “climate” policy.

Climate Policy

Mission 1.5: Enhancing international cooperation, enabling meeting the Paris Climate Agreement goals

30 May 2024

This Note is an expert perspective of the vision and key design elements of the Troika-led Mission 1.5 UNFCCC process in order to effectively address the significant gaps in action and support for transitioning to low-GHG and climate-resilient economies in line with the Paris Climate Agreement goals. It therefore contributes ideas to Mission 1.5’s design, as delegates and observers meet in Bonn in early June 2024 to advance climate negotiations.

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

Energy Transitions

Enabling the Energy Transition: Technology, politics & institutions in India’s energy system

Ashwini K Swain, Sarada Prasanna Das, Suravee Nayak, Catherine Ayallore and Navroz K Dubash

18 March 2024

Our research and engagements at SFC focus on rethinking the configuration of technology, politics and institutions in Indian energy as a necessary complement to techno-economic solutions for enabling the transition.

SFC Perspectives

Climate Policy

Perspectives on Climate Policy: Embedding a development-centric, climate-ready approach to policymaking

Aman Srivastava, Easwaran J Narassimhan and Navroz K Dubash

18 March 2024

The Climate Policy group within SFC approaches policy challenges through a strategic lens, aiming for long-term structural change by shifting discourse, building stronger institutions, and aligning conditions for implementation.

Opinions

Climate Policy

Design national framework climate laws to enable low-carbon resilient transformation

Navroz K Dubash

15 February 2024

In countries where politics are embedded in local development concerns such as job creation or environmental issues, an enabling approach to climate law may work better than a purely regulatory approach.

Opinions

Climate Policy

Rebalance attention from global target setting toward national climate politics and policy

Navroz K Dubash

6 October 2023

The first Global Stocktake (GST) confirms that progress in reducing emissions is well behind what is required to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. What is to be done?

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