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Dr. Narasimha D. Rao's research examines the relationship between energy systems, human development and climate change. He is the recipient of the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant (2015-2018) for a project entitled Decent Living Energy - energy and emissions thresholds for providing decent living standards for all. His research interests also include investigating income inequality, infrastructure, and climate policy. His methods include household energy modeling, econometrics, input-output, and policy analysis.
Dr. Rao won the 2011 Amulya K. Reddy Prize for the Best Paper in the journal 'Energy for Sustainable Development' for his paper entitled 'Kerosene Subsidies in India: When Energy Policy Fails as Social Policy'. His IIASA publications are shown in the Publications tab. His earlier publications can be found in his CV.
Dr. Rao is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment in Bangalore, India.
Dr. Narasimha D. Rao obtained his PhD from Stanford University, California, in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER) in August 2011. Dr. Rao has previous master's degrees in electrical engineering and technology policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His professional experience includes four years as a Visiting Faculty at the Indian Institute of Management's Center for Public Policy in Bangalore, India, and seven years of consulting in the electricity industry in the US.
Last update: 28-APR-2016
Rao ND & Ummel K (2017). White goods for white people? Drivers of electric appliance growth in emerging economies. Energy Research & Social Science 27: 106-116. DOI:10.1016/j.erss.2017.03.005.
Dobrotkova Z, Dorner D, Daly D, Gielen D, Saygin D, Winkler S, Neil S, Riahi K, et al. (2017). Future Prospects. In: Global Tracking Framework 2017: Progress Towards Sustainable Energy. pp. 93-102 Washington DC: World Bank. ISBN 978-1-4648-1084-8 DOI:10.1596/978-1-4648-1084-8.
Rao N & Min J (2017). Decent Living Standards: material prerequisites for human wellbeing. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-17-005
Steckel JC, Rao ND, & Jakob M (2017). Access to infrastructure services: Global trends and drivers. Utilities Policy 45: 109-117. DOI:10.1016/j.jup.2017.03.001.
Cameron C, Pachauri S, Rao N, McCollum D, Rogelj J, & Riahi K (2017). Synergies and Trade-offs between Climate Mitigation and Universal Access to Clean Cooking Goals. In: IIASA Institutional Evaluation 2017, 27 February-1 March 2017, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.
KC S, Kiesewetter G, Pachauri S, Rao N, & Valin H (2017). SCHEMA, a crosscutting project: Accounting for Socioeconomic Heterogeneity in IIASA Models. In: IIASA Institutional Evaluation 2017, 27 February-1 March 2017, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.
Rao N, Min J, Mastrucci A, & Pachauri S (2017). Decent Living Energy: How much energy do we ‘need’ to provide minimum living standards to all? In: IIASA Institutional Evaluation 2017, 27 February-1 March 2017, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.
Rao N & Pachauri S (2017). Energy access and living standards: some observations on recent trends. Environmental Research Letters 12 (2): e025011. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/aa5b0d.
Rao N & Min J (2017). Decent Living Standards: material prerequisites for human wellbeing. Social Indicators Research: 1-20. DOI:10.1007/s11205-017-1650-0.
Fuß S, Chen C, Jakob M, Marxen A, Rao ND, & Edenhofer O (2016). Could resource rents finance universal access to infrastructure? A first exploration of needs and rents. Environment and Development Economics 21 (6): 691-712. DOI:10.1017/S1355770X16000139.
Parkinson S, Johnson N, Rao N, Jones B, van Vliet M, Fricko O, Djilali N, Riahi K, et al. (2016). Climate and human development impacts on municipal water demand: A spatially-explicit global modeling framework. Environmental Modelling & Software 85: 266-278. DOI:10.1016/j.envsoft.2016.08.002.
Jakob M, Chen C, Fuss S, Marxen A, Rao ND, & Edenhofer O (2016). Carbon Pricing Revenues Could Close Infrastructure Access Gaps. World Development 84: 254-265. DOI:10.1016/j.worlddev.2016.03.001.
Groh S, Pachauri S, & Rao N (2016). What are we measuring? An empirical analysis of household electricity access metrics in rural Bangladesh. Energy for Sustainable Development 30: 21-31. DOI:10.1016/j.esd.2015.10.007.
Cameron C, Pachauri S, Rao N, McCollum D, Rogelj J, & Riahi K (2016). Policy trade-offs between climate mitigation and clean cook-stove access in South Asia. Nature Energy 1: e15010. DOI:10.1038/nenergy.2015.10.
Rao ND, Agarwal A, & Wood D (2016). Impacts of small-scale electricity systems: A study of rural communities in India and Nepal. Washington, DC: World Resources Institute. ISBN 978-1-56973-885-6
Cameron C, Pachauri S, Rao N, Riahi K, & Ummel K (2015). Synergies and Trade-offs between Climate Mitigation and Universal Access to Clean Cooking Goals. In: Systems Analysis 2015 - A Conference in Celebration of Howard Raiffa, 11 -13 November, 2015, Laxenburg, Austria.
Lamb WF & Rao ND (2015). Human development in a climate-constrained world: What the past says about the future. Global Environmental Change 33: 14-22. DOI:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.03.010.
Rao ND, McCollum D, Dubash NK, & Khosla R (2015). Development and climate policy synergies: insights from global modelling studies. IIASA Policy Report. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: XQ-15-803
Dubash NK, Khosla R, Rao ND, & Sharma KR (2015). Informing India's energy and climate debate: policy lessons from modelling studies. Research Report, Climate Initiative, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, India
Rao ND (2014). Book review: Electrifying India: Regional Political Economies of Development, by Sunita S. Kale (2014). Journal of Development Studies 50 (10): 1464-1465. DOI:10.1080/00220388.2014.955681.
Rao ND (2014). International and intranational equity in sharing climate change mitigation burdens. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 14 (2): 129-146. DOI:10.1007/s10784-013-9212-7.
Mainali B, Pachauri S, Rao ND, & Silveira S (2014). Assessing rural energy sustainability in developing countries. Energy for Sustainable Development 19: 15-28. DOI:10.1016/j.esd.2014.01.008.
Rao ND (2013). Distributional impacts of climate change mitigation in Indian electricity: The influence of governance. Energy Policy 61: 1344-1356. DOI:10.1016/j.enpol.2013.05.103.
Pachauri S & Rao ND (2013). Gender impacts and determinants of energy poverty: Are we asking the right questions? Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 5 (2): 205-215. DOI:10.1016/j.cosust.2013.04.006.
Rao ND (2013). Does (better) electricity supply increase household enterprise income in India? Energy Policy 57: 532-541. DOI:10.1016/j.enpol.2013.02.025.
Rao ND & Baer P (2012). "Decent Living" emissions: A conceptual framework. Sustainability 4 (4): 656-681. DOI:10.3390/su4040656.
Rao ND (2012). Kerosene subsidies in India: When energy policy fails as social policy. Energy for Sustainable Development 16 (1): 35-43. DOI:10.1016/j.esd.2011.12.007.
Pachauri S, Rao ND, Nagai Y, & Riahi K (2012). Access to Modern Energy: Assessment and Outlook for Developing and Emerging Regions. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria
Rao N (2012). Minimum Energy Thresholds for Providing Decent Living Standards for All. In: Worlds Within Reach: From Science To Policy - IIASA 40th Anniversary Conference, 24-26 October 2012, Hofburg Congress Center, Vienna and IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.
Rao N (2012). Sustainable Development Pathways: Foundations and Frontiers. In: Worlds Within Reach: From Science To Policy - IIASA 40th Anniversary Conference, 24-26 October 2012, Hofburg Congress Center, Vienna and IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.
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