- Professor, Policy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Ambuj Sagar is the Vipula and Mahesh Chaturvedi Professor of Policy Studies at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.
Previously, he was a Senior Research Associate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and an Assistant Dean for Strategic Planning at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, before joining IIT Delhi in 2008.
Ambuj has worked with various agencies within the Indian Government, numerous international organizations, and other private and public-sector organizations in the US, including as a Staff Researcher for a major study on energy Research & Development (R&D) for the White House. He is a Member of the Indian Planning Commission’s Expert Committee on a Low-Carbon Strategy for Inclusive Growth, as well as the US-India Track II Dialog on Climate and Energy.
Ambuj’s interests lie in science and technology policy, environmental policy, and development policy, with a particular focus on the interactions between technology and society. While his current research focuses on energy innovation and climate policy, he also more broadly studies various facets of technology innovation, environmental policy and politics, and engineering education and research.
His recent papers have dealt with climate and energy innovation policy and strategies, in areas such as biofuels, coal-power, and automobiles. He has also written about climate change policy, and capacity development for the environment. He is one of the developers of the concept of Climate Innovation Centers that became part of the Indian Government’s proposals in the global climate negotiation. He also helped initiate and design the recently-launched Indian National Improved Biomass Coosktove Initiative that aims to deliver clean-burning and efficient cookstoves to India’s poor.
Ambuj completed his undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at IIT Delhi and his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan. He gained his PhD in Polymer Science and an M.S. in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.