The IIT Delhi School of Public Policy engages in questions at the intersection of Science, Technology, Innovation (STI) and development. Our current research portfolio is centered around the following broad research areas.
Research on social, institutional and policy processes utilizing technological interventions or affecting technological change in the agriculture, food and water sectors for economic development, environmental sustainability and public health.
Research related to the governance of socio-technical transitions in the energy sector, and associated issues related to the role of technology in addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation and other sustainable development challenges, air quality management, energy access, energy security and institutional reform in the energy sector.
Research related to data science in public policy, automation and the labour market, AI and ethics, algorithmic bias, methodological innovations in causal inference and impact assessment, internet/social media and policy, digital information and privacy, voting technologies
Research related to the role of policies in strengthening actors, networks and institutions (and vice versa) to enhance the direction and pace of technological change, i.e. the invention, innovation and diffusion of new technologies to address key societal challenges.
Research related to better understanding the technological capabilities of India’s industrial enterprises (ranging from large, established firms to startups), developing policies to enhance these capabilities and directing them to better engage with India’s developmental challenges.
Research to understand patterns of research and educational performance of technical higher education institutions and developing policies to strengthen these institutions; understanding issues relating to broadening participation in S&T-relevant education and training, especially marginalized groups/communities.
Research on policy questions related to affordable housing, transportation and mobility, land use and zoning, gender and inclusion, urban governance and institutions, informality and the informal sector, role of ICTs and other technologies in urban development, and smart cities.