Ambuj Sagar

Ambuj Sagar, the Vipula and Mahesh Chaturvedi Professor of Policy Studies, is the founding Head of the School of Public Policy at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.  Ambuj’s interests broadly lie at the intersection of science, technology and development.  His recent work has focused on innovation policy for meeting sustainability and inclusivity challenges, energy innovation policy and strategies (in areas such as biofuels, clean cookstoves, coal power, automobiles, and institutional mechanisms such as climate innovation centers), climate change policy and politics, capacity development, and higher education policy.

He is a Board member of the Indo-US S&T Forum and a member of the Indo-German Expert Group on a Green and Inclusive Economy.  He also was a Board member of the US-India Educational Foundation (2011-15), member of the US-India Track II Dialog on Climate and Energy (2010-15) and member of the Indian Planning Commission’s Expert Committee on a Low-Carbon Strategy for Inclusive Growth (2009-11).  He also has been consultant/advisor to various Indian Govt. ministries as well as many multilateral and bilateral agencies.

Ambuj did his undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at IIT Delhi.  He subsequently received an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and then an M.S. in Materials Science, a Ph.D. in Polymer Science, and an M.S. in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He was a Senior Research Associate at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Assistant Dean for Strategic Planning at the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences before joining IIT Delhi’s Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Delhi.


Upasna Sharma

Upasna Sharma is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy, IIT Delhi. Upasna’s research interests lie at the intersection of adaptation to climate change and risk reduction related to natural hazards and variability. Her work relates to conceptualizing and measuring vulnerability and adaptive capacity to climate risk. In the recent years she has asked questions related to the role of Information and Communication Technology (ICTs) in enhancing ability to respond to climate risk. Her recent sponsored projects have been related to this theme in the context of agriculture. In the past she has investigated questions on adaptive capacity in the context of extreme weather events like cyclones and public response to hazard early warnings. She has studied science policy interactions and the effect of institutional features on landslide risk management systems.

Upasna is a member of the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE), Kathmandu, Nepal. She is also a member of Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE).

Upasna’s teaching experience includes course on Environment & Society, Technology & Development, and Development Planning & Project Appraisal at IIT Madras. At IIT Delhi, she teaches courses on Climate Change, Environment and Development, Introduction to Public Policy and Introduction to Social Research Methods.

Upasna holds a PhD from Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay. Subsequently,  she was a post-doctoral scholar at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria from October 2009 to September 2011. From December 2011 to December 2012, she was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Science, IIT Madras. In January 2013 she joined the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Delhi and joined the School of Public Policy at IIT Delhi in 2018.


Soutrik Basu is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy (SPP), Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Soutrik’s competence and expertise straddles different disciplinary boundaries such as agriculture, development and innovation studies.  He has developed an interdisciplinary research trajectory around understanding social, institutional and policy processes encompassing development and technological interventions to areas such as agriculture and rural development. In so doing, he has gained field research experiences in three countries such as India, South Africa and the Philippines. Hitherto, Soutrik has published his research in several international journals of high repute. 

Soutrik has experience in delivering graduate level courses on Innovation Studies, Environment and Development, Development Studies and Agrarian Studies. He would like to take-up issues such as transition to sustainable agriculture, responsible research and innovation and US-India agrarian knowledge cooperation as his future research endeavours. He is currently the project director of Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) funded research programme titled ‘Reaching Rural Resilience’.

Soutrik did his Master’s and Doctoral Studies from Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS), Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He was awarded with the WU-Fellowship (2007-09) by the Executive Board of Wageningen University and Research Centre   for his Master’s study, and for his Doctoral program, he received NWO-WOTRO Fellowship (2010-2015) from the Science for Global Development Programmes, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO-WOTRO). In 2012-13, he became the WASS-Visiting Research Scholar at the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Prior to joining SPP-IIT Delhi, Soutrik held an Assistant Professor position at the Institute of Development Studies Kolkata.