Environmental Governance and Policy

Environmental
Governance and Policy

SFC Perspectives Paper

Limiting the threat of environmental pollution through health-focused, systemic transformations

Air pollution affects large parts of rural and urban India, posing a significant health risk and causing over 1.5 million premature deaths annually. Our work aims to make lasting and sustainable improvements to India’s air quality by strengthening the foundations of our approach to air quality management. This involves strengthening regulatory institutions, enabling governance mechanisms for collaboration between state and non-state actors, and implementing forward-looking and ambitious policies.

Presently, we focus on three interconnected issues: enhancing the capacity of environmental regulators (pollution control boards) to address the challenges posed by an urbanising and industrializing nation, establishing a comprehensive air quality management framework and effective local and regional institutions, and integrating health considerations into all stages of air pollution policymaking.

Our publications

This also includes publications by SFC team members in their past capacities.

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

SFC

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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

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Why closing schools does not protect children from air pollution

Arunesh Karkun and Abinaya Sarkar

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Books and book chapters

Environmental Governance and Policy

Media, Politics and Environment: Analyzing Experiences from Europe and Asia

Detlef Briesen and Sarada Prasanna Das

14 June 2023

The book studies how environmental protection is embedded in the political systems by comparing industrialized countries and emerging economies. It brings froward how concrete environmental policy emerges from a complex interplay of mass media and political conflicts.

Books and book chapters

Environmental Governance and Policy

State’s Commitment to Environmental Governance in India: Struggle Between Developmental Pressure and Sustainability Challenges

Sarada Prasanna Das

14 June 2023

This chapter examines the concept and practice of environmental governance in India. It argues that balance in the environment-development trade-off is necessary to meet growth objectives and that enforcement measures do not necessarily obstruct the growth.

Journal articles

Environmental Governance and Policy

What Is Polluting Delhi’s Air? A Review from 1990 to 2022

Sarath K Guttikunda, Sai Krishna Dammalapati et al.

26 February 2023

The paper reviews the influence of Delhi’s urban growth since 1990 on pollution levels and sources and the evolution of technical, institutional, and legal measures to control emissions in the National Capital Region of Delhi.

Opinions

Environmental Governance and Policy

Anti-smog guns, sprinklers, dust suppressants: How effective are these quick-fixes to air pollution?

Abinaya Sekar and Bhargav Krishna

10 January 2023

With high water usage, questionable water quality and health risks, these methods have, at best, limited effects.

Opinions

Environmental Governance and Policy

Health as the focus of air pollution policy

Bhargav Krishna and Sagnik Dey

16 November 2022

Health must be turned into a feature and eventually a function of air pollution policy

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

The weakest link in the air pollution fight

Shibani Ghosh and Bhargav Krishna

2 November 2022

As key environmental indicators worsen across India, it is clear that State Pollution Control Boards and Pollution Control Committees are falling short in meeting their statutory mandate

Opinions

Environmental Governance and Policy

For clean air, strengthen pollution control boards

Shibani Ghosh

31 October 2022

The boards were envisioned as autonomous entities, and strong political will coupled with bureaucratic support is required to realise this vision, even if it constrains the government’s (other) policy objectives.

Opinions

Environmental Governance and Policy

Addressing North India’s burning issue sustainably

Bhargav Krishna

21 October 2022

The issue of crop stubble burning cannot be addressed in a silo and using short-term, unsustainable solutions

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Projects

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Team members

Bhargav Krishna

Fellow
Coordinator, Environmental Governance and Policy

Shibani Ghosh

Visiting Fellow

Arunesh Karkun

Senior Research Associate, Environmental Governance and Policy

Annanya Mahajan

Senior Research Associate,
Environmental Governance and Policy