Based in India, Surabhi Joshi provides high-level policy and program assistance on clean energy strategies and energy efficiency policies. She plays a pivotal role in planning and executing RAP’s E3-India Initiative, a special project to develop a macroeconomic model for analyzing key policy issues and informing policymaking in India at the state and national level. This complex project includes recommending policy interventions for energy transition initiatives, consensus building among stakeholders, and case studies of potential clean energy trajectories for India’s emerging economy. Ms. Joshi acts as central technical liaison, providing regional information and data facilitation to E3-India’s technical partner. She is also responsible for planning and implementing networking and outreach strategies, and building the reputation of the E3‑India Initiative amongst academic communities, think tanks, policymakers, regulators, and key stakeholders.
Ms. Joshi has more than ten years of relevant experience in research, consultancy, and academics, and her work spans the use of quantitative frameworks for sustainability analyses, valuation of ecosystem services, climate change impact assessments, the socioeconomics of energy transitions, public procurement assessments, and free trade agreements. She received the Graduate Fellow Award for her work on ecosystem-services-based valuation of deforestation from coal mining in India at the ACES (A Community for Ecosystem Services) 2012 conference hosted by the University of Florida. In a project for the Indian government’s Ministry of Environment and Forest, she contributed to the life cycle assessment of thermal power generation in the state of Gujarat. She also served as a lecturer of biotechnology at the K. J. Somaiya College of Science and Technology in Mumbai, India.
Ms. Joshi is pursuing her doctorate in economics from the Indian Institute of Technology in Indore, India, and will soon defend her doctoral thesis entitled Green Growth and Energy Transitions: Evaluating Sustainability Impacts of Solar Transitions in India. Ms. Joshi holds master’s degrees in environment management from the Indian Institute of Environment Management in Mumbai, India, and science and biotechnology from Devi Ahilya University in Indore. She is an active member of the International Input-Output Association in Vienna, and has regularly presented her research work at various international forums.